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New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Companion Animals)

Level 3

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.

Veterinary Nursing students work with a dog at our Palmerston North campus
Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: Palmerston North, Whanganui, Wairarapa

Duration: 20 weeks, full-time

Dates:
19 Feb 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
23 Jul 2018 - 7 Dec 2018

Domestic Fees:*
$3,456.50Scholarship info

International Fees:*
$9,984.00

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* 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.

 Career & Study Outcomes

  • Pet stores
  • Animal rescue centres
  • Pet groomers
  • Boarding and training facilities
  • General pet owners
  • Animal recreation businesses
  • Or staircase to further study

 Course Information

  • Introduction to Animal Care 
  • Assist in Maintaining the Animal Facility
  • Applied Animal Behaviour, Husbandry, Handling and Welfare
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Assist with the Maintenance of Animal Health

 Industry Connections

Vet clinics and the Veterinary Nursing Educational Standards Committee (VNESC)

 Learning Facilities

Animal handling lab

 Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 1 (including 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy credits)

OR

Equivalent academic achievement

OR

On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean

All applicants are required to:

  • Declare any previous criminal convictions prior to admission being confirmed. Convictions of any offence may not necessarily exclude applicants from enrolment; the decision is at the discretion of the Academic Leader; and
  • Authorise UCOL to obtain a background check from the New Zealand Police Licensing and Vetting Agency; and
  • Complete a health declaration form including tetanus status.

 

For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language proficiency
International 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.

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 Advice & Guidance

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.

Recognition of Prior Learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.

Application checklist

It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

 Additional Costs

Please note that there are additional costs associated with the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Companion Animals) of approximately $85.00:

Uniform
  • Navy or black dress trousers (not jeans)
  • Covered shoes (eg sneakers)
Stationery
  • Calculator
  • Stationery (pens, pencils, ruler, paper etc)

 Accreditation

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.

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