New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Companion Animals) (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Companion Animals) (Level 3)

This programme will give you an entry-level animal care qualification. It will also give you a taste of the wider range of animal-related qualifications available and allow you to get a feel for tertiary study before attempting higher-level qualifications. It's also a great first step if you want to enter an animal-related profession such as an animal care attendant, pet shop work or kennel and cattery animal carer.

Programme outline

You’ll learn about companion animals (cats, dogs, rabbits, rodents and birds); their health, welfare and husbandry (how to care for them); anatomy; physiology; and low-stress handling techniques.

Entry requirements

Please note: Entry requirements have not yet been confirmed so this is just a guide.

  • Open entry
  • Health and tetanus declaration
  • Copy of your current Criminal Convictions History

You must be 16 years of age at the time the programme starts. Students must physically be able to undertake the practical requirements of the programme. An interview may be required.

International students

IELTS 5.0 (no band score lower than 5.0) from one test completed in the last two years, or equivalent. 

This programme is subject final NZQA approval.

Offering institute

This qualification is offered by WelTec.

On 1 September 2022the operations of WelTec transferred to the Whitireia and WelTec business division of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (Te Pūkenga)As part of this, all existing WelTec programmes transferred to Te Pūkenga.

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