Harness your love for animals and join the rewarding animal care industry with UCOL’s New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Companion Animals) Level 3.
Locations: Palmerston North, Whanganui, Wairarapa
Duration: 6 months, full-time
Dates:19 Feb 2018 - 6 Jul 201823 Jul 2018 - 7 Dec 2018
Domestic Fees:*$3,456.50Scholarship info
* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.
Gain the skills, knowledge and experience you need to maintain the welfare of companion animals such as cats, dogs, companion birds and rabbits.
This programme will provide you with the qualification needed to comply with all regulatory requirements and relevant industry codes of practice for animal care, respond to normal and abnormal health and behaviour in animals and assist with the day to day care of animals.
To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Veterinarians and Veterinary Nurses.
Vet clinics and the Veterinary Nursing Educational Standards Committee (VNESC)
Animal handling lab
NCEA Level 1 (including 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy credits)
Equivalent academic achievement
On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean
All applicants are required to:
In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.
English language proficiencyInternational applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 5 with no band score lower than 5.
UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.
UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Companion Animals) comprises 70 credits.
To optimise chances of student success, 100% attendance is strongly recommended.
All students must be physically able to handle cats, dogs, rabbits and companion birds.
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you
Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.
The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.