Animal Care

This is a course that uses a wide range of techniques that provides the students with hands on experience in health and husbandry of companion animals. Students learn the correct care and animal handling techniques for cats, dogs and rabbits. Through this course, students learn the basics of hygiene management for animal housing and zoonosis. Our aim is to prepare and develop our student's knowledge and skills to work in the industry or continue future study in the animal care and vet nursing field.


Campus: Whitireia Campus, Porirua

Cost: Free

Days: Two cohorts taught across either Monday & Tuesday or Thursday & Friday

Hours: 9:00am - 2:30pm (half hour lunch)

Equipment: Protective clothing and safety equipment is provided if appropriate

Travel: This is provided free, subject to students meeting MoE requirements

Dates: This course is split into two cohorts for the year.

  • Tuesday 8 February - Tuesday 8 November 2022 (34 weeks) or
  • Thursday 10 February - Friday 11 November 2022 (34 weeks), normal school holidays apply

Application: Students must be enrolled in a secondary school in the Wellington region and be enrolled in the WTA by their secondary school

Interview: Students may be requested to attend an interview with a family member or school representative

Qualification: NCEA Level 3 with credit towards Vocational Pathways award

Credits: On successful completion of this course, students will have gained 37 Level 3 credits