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What will I learn?

Make your Passion for Animals your Career

Turn your passion for animals into a career with the hands-on NZ Certificate in Animal Management (Companion Animals) [Level 4]. The programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge to ensure the health, safety and general welfare of animals in care facilities.

You’ll spend the majority of your time at EIT’s specialised animal facility with a purpose built reception, live animal housing, isolation unit, laboratory facilities, comprehensive library and computer facilities.

During the NZ Certificate in Animal Management (Companion Animals) [Level 4] you will learn about:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Workplace safety
  • Husbandry and handling
  • Hygiene and preventative health
  • Animal welfare and health
  • Emergency response and complementary health
  • Facilities management
  • Breeds and behaviour

As a graduate you will be able to:

Implement a health and safety plan in an animal care or training facility and ensure compliance with regulatory procedures.
Take responsibility for the day-to-day animal health and husbandry in an animal care facility.

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

On successful completion of this certificate you may choose to seek employment in the animal care and handling industry. These roles may include:

  • Veterinary clinics, animal laboratories, pet shops, kennels or catteries as an animal care assistant
  • Animal welfare agencies such as the SPCA
  • Animal science research and rescue services
  • Breeding establishments
  • Grooming services
  • Pet sitting services

Study Pathways

After completing this certificate you could progress onto the:

  • NZ Certificate in Animal Technology (Veterinary Nursing Assistant) [Level 5]
  • NZ Diploma in Veterinary Nursing [Level 6]
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$22,600.00 (US$ 12,993) per year
Start date

February 2023


Eastern Institute of Technology

Hawke’s Bay Campus,

501 Gloucester Street,



4112, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

  • NCEA Level 1, and
  • 36 NCEA credits at Level 2 including 12 credits in English at Level 2 and 12 credits of a relevant science (biology, chemistry or physics) at Level 1, or
  • Level 2 or above qualification demonstrating ability in English, mathematics and relevant science (biology, chemistry or physics), or
  • New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care [Level 3] or equivalent qualification


For adults students:

  • evidence of ability to study at a tertiary level and
  • evidence of the equivalent English and science knowledge as applies to school leavers, listed above.

English Language Requirement

All applicants must demonstrate an acceptable level of English Language fluency prior to acceptance in the programme. English Language fluency can be verified by achievement of one of the following within the last two years:

• New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 3 (Applied)
• IELTS (Academic) score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0
• PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
• International equivalents to IELTS accepted by NZQA or successful study of a programme in which English was the language of instruction (conditions apply)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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