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New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Companion Animals)

Start Date: 29 February & 24th June 2016 Duration: 21 weeks (Full-time) 
Location: Petone Campus Level: 3
2016 Fee: NZ $3066  International TBA Programme Code: NZ2487
Course Related Costs: NZ $180  



Taking care of animals is a challenging and rewarding career option. You will have the opportunity to put theory into practice with shared responsibility for the care of animals and work experience within the industry. We will assist you with gaining knowledge and skills for your chosen career.

Programme Overview

  • Learn the correct care for cats, dogs, and either rabbits or birds
  • Learn the techniques of animal handling
  • Gain skills in up-to-date safe working practices
  • Welfare, ethics and safe working practices
  • Health and husbandry of companion animals
  • Hygiene and zoonosis
  • Work experience at Wellington SPCA

Entry requirements

NCEA Level 1 (80 credits) or equivalent including successful completion of Wellington Trades Academy HV4514 Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 2) (Introductory Animal Care), or similar Wellington Trades Academy programme.

All students will be required to complete a Criminal Declaration form.

If English is your second language, a minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 is required, or equivalent.

If you are 20 years of age or older at the time you start your studies you may apply to WelTec under special admission criteria.

Please download and complete a Criminal Conviction Declaration Form and submit it with your completed Application to Enrol Pack

Work Placement Hours

As part of this programme you will need to complete compulsory work placement hours. The primary placement for these will be at the SPCA facilities in Wellington. Students will need to attend the SPCA fortnightly for 2 consecutive days.You will be expected to pay for your travel expenses.

Career Opportunities

Our programme of study will prepare you to progress on to further animal-related study, or to a career within the field of animal care, including catteries, kennels, the SPCA and pet shops..


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