This animal care course is ideal for anyone wanting to work in an organisation caring for companion animals.
You'll carry out the day-to-day care of our animals here on campus and learn about animal behaviour, basic training, anatomy and physiology, breeding, first aid and more!
No two days are ever the same and you'll come out with valuable skills and knowledge to take with you on your career in the care and welfare of animals.
Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:
- New Zealand Certificate in Animal Management (Companion Animals) (Level 4)
|Next intake||Feb 2020 View more details|
1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
|Indicative Fees||$6,114 total cost of qualification for domestic students View full fees information|
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Graduates of this qualification are likely to be in a role as a supervisor or manager of the day-to-day care, welfare and/or training of animals, for example:
- dog trainer
- animal shelter worker
- owner/manager of kennels/cattery
- animal laboratory technician
Topics you'll cover
- Professional Skills and Ethical Code of Conduct
- Animal Behaviour and Enrichment
- Animal Biology and First Aid Practices
- Animal Handling and Restraint
- Animal Health and Husbandry
- Introduction to Veterinary Nursing
You will be required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of work experience in two different animal care facilities throughout the year while you study.
|Indicative Fees *||$6,114 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
You must have:
- completed 36 NCEA credits at Level 2, AND
- a minimum of 12 NCEA credits in English at Level 2 and 12 credits of a relevant science at Level 1, OR
- successfully completed the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Level 3)
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 4 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 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||17 Feb 2020|
- 1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)