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New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Level 3)

with strand in Companion Animals


Course details


This programme is a starting point for those interested in caring for animals in environments such as pet stores, animal rescue centres, and boarding or day-care facilities.

This is a practical programme including 40 hours of work placement at Wintec Animal House. Work placement during the semester assists students in gaining confidence, and builds their industry networks for future employment.

Alongside the practical elements of the programme, students will also attend classes where they will learn animal care theory. Students will be in class four days a week from 8am-3pm, and will also be required to undertake self-directed study.

Study topics include:

  • Animal biology
  • Animal hygiene and health
  • Routine animal care
  • Animal welfare and ethics

Students will get daily opportunities for care and experience in the handling of companion animals at the Wintec Animal House, a purpose-built facility that houses commonly kept companion animals in New Zealand.

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Companion Animals Strand

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsCo-RequisitesPre-Requisites
ANML3101Introduction to Professional Skills when working with companion animals

ANML3102Introduction to Behaviour, handling and transportation for companion animals315  
ANML3103Introduction to form, function and preventative health for companion animals315  
ANML3104Introduction to Husbandry for companion animals
ANML3105Companion Animals Practicum310  

Application process

  1. Apply online or download and complete an Application to Enrol Form
  2. Complete the online self-disclosure form. If you have applied in hard copy, you will also need to complete a Self-Disclosure Form, if you have applied online this form is included as part of the online application process.
  3. If applying in hard copy, and if you are unsure that you meet the entry criteria, complete the online Additional Information Form. This will enable us to assess your application further.
  4. If you have them, provide us with certified copies of your prior academic transcripts. Find out more about supporting material for enrolment here.
  5. We may also need to verify your identity (your legal name and date of birth) as well as your residency status. If you are a domestic student we may be able to do this through your National Student Number (NSN); if we can not, we will need you to provide evidence of this by supplying verified copies of your birth certificate or passport.

Career/further opportunities

Graduates may be employed as assistants in pet stores, animal rescue centres, pet grooming, animal daycare, animal training, and boarding facilities.

Graduates may progress on to further animal technology study in either the Veterinary Nurse Assistant or Rural Animal Technician programmes.


Entry criteria

General admission
There is open entry to this programme although you must demonstrate a reasonable likelihood of success.

Additional requirements
In addition to the above, you must complete a health declaration prior to acceptance into the programme.
Note: Convictions of any offence may not necessarily exclude applicants from enrolment. Any decision is made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the delegate authority.

English language requirements
Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an academic International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5 (general or academic), with no individual band score lower than 5; or an equivalent described in NZQA Rules.

Selection processes
Limits on enrolment may be applied due to health and safety reasons. Should limits be placed on enrolment, the following selection criteria will apply:
  • Where the number of applications for a programme exceeds the number of available places, ākonga are offered the opportunity to be placed on a waitlist.
  • Programme selection prioritisation is the order in which the applications are received.
Do you not meet the entry criteria or need more information?



To check what you need to gain direct entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Semester 2 2024

Whānau sessions

Date: Tuesday 16 July 2024
Time: 12pm-1pm
Venue: N Block Reception, Rotokauri Campus

Date: Wednesday 17 July 2024
Time: 5.30pm-6.30m
Venue: N Block Reception, Rotokauri Campus

Date: Wednesday 17 July 2024
Time: From 6.30pm
Venue: Online via Zoom


Date: Monday 22 July 2024
Time: 10am-3pm
Venue: N Block Reception, Rotokauri Campus

As a new student, we welcome you to attend one of our whānau sessions. At this relaxed event, we help you prepare for induction and your first weeks of the semester. We encourage you to bring your whānau and friends along to support you. At induction, you will spend your first day getting to know each other, the tutors, and the Rotokauri Campus, as well as receiving your resources and spending time in the classroom. This will include module outlines, timetables, and information packs on what to expect throughout the year.

What you will need

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - payment and permits may be required. Learn more about parking and find out about bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

    First aid certificate

    Health status



    Clinical placement

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