NZ Certificate in Animal Care (Level 3)

Would you like to launch your career in the animal care sector or learn how to care for animals at your farm or lifestyle block? If so, then this course is for you.

This is your opportunity to upskill, gain further confidence, and achieve a New Zealand Certificate qualification while having fun in your chosen field of study.

The course has a strong practical focus ensuring you will have the knowledge and skills necessary to work in this exciting, fast-growing and diverse industry.

This qualification is an entry point for animal care training. Use it to kick-start your career!

Once qualified you will be able to work under limited supervision in the care of companion animals in facilities such as kennels, catteries, SPCA facilities and other industry-related workplaces.

Upon successful completion of the requirements, you'll be awarded:
New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Level 3) with a strand in Companion Animals or Rural Animals.

Locations: Anywhere in New Zealand
Intake: Feb, Apr and Aug 2024
Study options: 34-weeks, part-time.
Delivery Format: Distance Learning
Total credits: 70

  • New Zealand Resident or citizen
  • No academic requirements. Open entry
  • You must have access to:
  • Cats and dogs plus one of – rabbits, rodents and birds for Companion Animals Strand
  • 3 types of animals including - 1 ruminant e.g. cow, goat, sheep, and chicken, pigs or bees etc. for Rural Animals Strand
  • Access to a computer, internet

Career Opportunities: Care for a range of common animal pet species, in a retail, domestic and wholesale environment, basic health care, nutrition, transportation, animal welfare issues and legislation.

The topics covered:
  • Health and Safety
  • Nutrition and diet,
  • Life stages
  • Transportation of animals and housing
  • Animal welfare issues and legislation.
  • Day-to-day care of animals
  • Normal and abnormal health and behaviour in animals and how to respond accordingly
  • Various breeds of the animals
  • Compliance and regulatory requirements in the animal care industry