Institute of Technology or PolytechnicAra Institute of Canterbury
This course is available
Level of Study
Next start date
Expected Feb 2023
Ara Institute of Canterbury
Match your passion for animals with the skills and knowledge needed to work in a diverse and rewarding field of animal care.
This highly practical programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills required in a wide range of animal related industries.
Foundation courses cover animal anatomy and physiology, occupational health and safety, safe handling of animals, basic animal behaviour and an introduction to the equipment and software commonly used in animal care environments. More advanced topics include nutrition, care during illness/injury, designing optimum housing spaces, behavioural correction and intervention and the safe transport of animals.
Work-integrated learning is a significant component of the programme and you'll have the opportunity to select an appropriate workplace to suit the area of animal care you're most interested in.
Due to the practical nature of the programme, you must have a good level of fitness to be able to carry out the physical activities with the animal room and on your work placement.
With this qualification you will have the skills to competently manage the day-to-day care of animals in a variety of situations such as kennels and catteries, rescue centres and pet sitting facilities.
Depending on your interests, you could also find employment as an animal welfare worker, pet sitter, pet shop assistant, pet supplies sales representative or in the animal education industry.
After completing this programme, you can continue to build on your knowledge and skills in this area with the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Management Captive Wildlife Strand Level 4, or the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology with strands in Rural Animal Technician and Veterinary Nursing Assistant Level 5.
36 NCEA credits at level 2 including 12 credits in English at Level 2 and 12 credits of a relevant science (biology, chemistry or physics) at Level 1.
OR New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) Ara Animal Management/Veterinary Nursing Pathway
OR New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care Level 3
If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.
Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?
If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.
English language requirement:
IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
SPEAKING - 5.0
READING - 5.0
WRITING - 5.0
LISTENING - 5.0
TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) - Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
LanguageCert - B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill