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​Animal Careers

If you love animals, Wintec can help you make a career out of it. Whether its working in a veterinary clinic as a nurse, caring for animals in catteries, kennels or pet retailers, ensuring that animals and their owners are under control or working with farm animals alongside a rural veterinarian, advising clients on health care and disease, or managing animals for small block holders, Wintec can help you get where you want to be.


As a Veterinary Nurse your day will involve taking x-rays, collecting blood samples and caring for sick and injured animals. You could do a spell on reception, clean out cages, sterilise and prepare surgical instruments, administer medication and injections and assist veterinarians on call-outs to houses and farms.

As a Rural Animal Technician your day could involve helping rural veterinarians tend sick and injured animals, assisting small block holders with husbandry of their animals (docking, foot care, pregnancy testing etc) or import of animals, carrying out research. You may also provide general animal care, advise on disease prevention for pets and farm animals, and assist herd owners achieve breeding and production goals.

Animal Attendants could work in kennels, veterinary practices, catteries, pet shops, research or animal care centres. Your role could involve bathing, grooming, feeding and exercising animals, cleaning their cages and treating minor injuries under the supervision of a veterinarian.

Animal Control Officers ensure that people control their animals so they do not create problems for others. To achieve this you may have to give warnings or issue offence notices, educate the public about animal welfare and catch stray dogs. You may also be involved in feeding and caring for animals in pounds, carrying out cleaning duties and organising the adoption of animals.


  • Veterinary Nursing Assistant - Leading to the NZ Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) Vet Nursin​g Assistant strand. This qualification is required for entry into the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)​ 
  • ​​​Veterinary Nursing - Leading to the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6). Please note that entry into this programme requires NZ Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) Vet Nursing Assistant strand
  • Rural Animal Technician​ - Leading to the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5):  Rural Animal Technology strand​

​Still at Secondary School?

Find out about the one and two day taster programmes to help you explore your options in animal careers.