Course Overview

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)
Locations Tauranga
Next intake Jul 2024 View more details
Study options

1 semester full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

Total credits 70
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $4,088 for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

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

  • Introduction to Professional Skills when working with companion animals
  • Behaviour, handling and transportation of companion animals
  • Introduction to form, function and preventative health for companion animals
  • Introduction to Husbandry for companion animals
  • Companion Animals Practicum

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $4,088 for domestic students

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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.

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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

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.

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

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.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

Location Campus Start Date
Tauranga Windermere Campus 22 Jul 2024 Apply now

Study options

  • 1 semester full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

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