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.
Duration: 6 months, full-time
Dates:Wairarapa20 Feb 2017 - 7 Jul 201724 Jul 2017 - 8 Dec 2017
Domestic Fees:*$3,395.40Scholarship info
* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). Fees for multi-year programmes are 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 Literacy 10 credits and Numeracy 10 credits)
Equivalent academic achievement
On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean*
*Pending NZQA approval
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 5.0 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. This especially applies to practical courses where students may find it difficult to demonstrate competence if attendance has been intermittent.
All students must be physically able to handle cats, dogs, rabbits and companion birds.
It is recommended that applicants meet the literacy and numeracy requirements for NCEA Level 1.
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.