Course Overview

Match your passion for animals with the skills and knowledge to work in the diverse and rewarding field of animal care. This course is the perfect first step into a career working with companion animals. This course will equip you with knowledge and skills for a variety of areas as a qualified animal technician.

You’ll learn about a range of companion animals and how to manage and care for them on a day-to-day basis. This will include animal anatomy and physiology, occupational health and safety, and so much more.

Work-integrated learning is a large component of the course, with students needing to complete 120 hours in two different facilities over the year. You’ll have the opportunity to spend some of this time in a work environment that suits the area of animal management you’re most interested in.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Animal Management (Companion Animals) (Level 4)
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Study options

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

Total credits 120
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $7,375 for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

Graduates will be able to work as supervisors or technicians involved with the day-to-day care and welfare of animals.

This may be in roles such as: animal centre worker, animal sanctuary worker, supervisor of kennels, cattery or doggie day care, animal rehabilitation, breeding, or quarantine facility.

Topics you'll cover

  • ANML 4002: Anatomy and Physiology 
  • ANML 4122: Companion Animal Husbandry A
  • ANML 4123:  Companion Animal Husbandry B
  • ANML 4124: Companion Animal Healthcare 
  • ANML 4125: Companion Animal Behaviour 
  • ANML 4126: Companion Animal Welfare 
  • ANML 4127: Companion Animal Practicum A 
  • ANML 4128: Companion Animal Practicum B 

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $7,375 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

You must have:

  • 40 credits at NCEA Level 1, including 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy credits; or a recognised equivalent, OR have successfully completed the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Level 3)
  • provided a Declaration Record of Criminal History when enrolling and read and sign an off-campus student learning contract.

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 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.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

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Study options

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

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