Have a passion for working with animals?
This entry level qualification provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to maintain the husbandry and welfare of companion animals in both domestic and commercial environments.
You'll learn to care for companion animals and have the added benefit of practicing your handling skills through our onsite animal facility, which houses a wide range of species.
Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:
- New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Companion Animals) (Level 3)
|Next intake||Feb 2019 View more details|
19 weeks full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
|Indicative Fees||$3,521 total cost of qualification for domestic students View full fees information|
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Graduates of this qualification are likely to be employed in a range of businesses associated with the care of animals.
This may include working as assistants in pet stores, animal rescue or welfare centres, pet groomers, boarding and training facilities, aquariums, wildlife parks, or with breeders.
Topics you'll cover
Learn about the care and handling of species commonly kept as domestic pets, including but not limited to, cats, dogs, rabbits and rodents.
Alongside your practical skills you'll gain theoretical knowledge of the following:
- Animal welfare and hygiene practices
- Animal health and behaviour
- Anatomy and physiology
- Animal husbandry and handling
- Parasitology and zoonotic diseases of companion animals
|Indicative Fees||$3,521 total cost of qualification for domestic students|
Help with fees
Are you Eligible for Free Fees?
There are two ways you can take advantage of free fees. One is through Toi Ohomai’s range of free courses. These are separate to the government’s ‘fees free’ initiative so you don’t need to check your eligibility in relation to fees – simply apply in the normal way and we’ll take it from there.
The other is through the government’s ‘fees free’ initiative: If you’re starting tertiary study for the first time you might be eligible for a year’s worth of free fees. Find out more in our FAQ about the government’s fees free initiative.
Student Loans and Allowances
This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.
- A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
- A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you’re studying. You don't have to pay the money back.
Find out more and apply at studylink.govt.nz
Scholarships are one way you might be able to get some financial help. Any scholarships specifically related to this course are shown below, otherwise check out the full list of scholarships promoted by Toi Ohomai.
Course Entry Information
NCEA Level 1
If you are aged 20 years or above, and do not meet the academic requirements, you may be given special admission if Toi Ohomai staff are satisfied you are capable of successfully completing the requirements.
English language requirements
Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.
Course Locations and Intake Information
|Tauranga||Windermere Campus||Monday, 18 February 2019|
|Rotorua||Waipā Campus||Monday, 15 July 2019|
|Tauranga||Windermere Campus||Monday, 15 July 2019|
- 19 weeks full-time, including holidays (if applicable)