Vet nurse holding dog on a lead

Animal Care Level 3

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Companion Animals) (Level 3)

SX1602

Course details

  • Feb 2020
    Jul 2020
  • One semester
  • Full-time
  • $4170
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees-Free Policy
  • Level 3
  • Hamilton Rotokauri Campus

Summary

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 80 hours of work placement. 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-5pm, 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 handling of companion animals in Wintec's purpose-built facility that houses commonly kept companion animals in New Zealand.

Please note: It is a requirement of this programme that you have a form of transport and/or someone that can transport you around the Waikato/Waipa areas to complete your work placement hours each week. We cannot guarantee you will be able to complete hours within your area of residence.

View programme modules

Schedule A: Common core modules

 

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsCo-RequisitesPre-RequisitesAssessment Standard
ANML301Animal Biology​
3
15

 N/A
ANML302Animal Hygiene and Health
3
15
ANML303  N/A
ANML303Routine Animal Care​
3
15
ANML302  N/A
ANML304Animal Welfare and Ethics3
15

 N/A
ANML305Work Placement3
10
ANML302ANML303ANML304  N/A
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Application process

  • Apply online or download and complete an application to enrol
  • Complete the online self-disclosure form
  • If you’re not sure if you meet the entry criteria complete the online additional information form so we’re able to assess your likelihood of success.
  • If you have them, provide us with certified copies of your prior academic transcripts. Find out more about supporting material for enrolment here.
  • We may also need to verify your identity (your legal name and date of birth) as well as your residency status. If you’re a domestic student we may be able to do this through your National Student Number (NSN); if we can’t, 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 day care, animal training, and boarding facilities.

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

Entry criteria

You can apply for this programme if you meet one of the below options.

Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)

  • 20 credits at NCEA Level 1; including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits;
  • Or a recognised equivalent.

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

  • A relevant qualification at NeZQF Level 2;
  • Or a recognised equivalent. ​

Based on discretionary entrance

If you don’t meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary entrance. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications is decided by the relevant manager. If your application is approved, your acceptance into further programmes relies on you demonstrating success in this programme.

Selection criteria

a) Candidates may be required to attend an interview and/or complete a study skills assessment.
b) Candidates will need to have the physical capability to undertake the practical tasks involved in the course.

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 5.5, with no individual band score lower than 5; or equivalent.

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Pathways

Animal Care and Rural Technology pathway diagram

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.

Students beginning February 2020

Date: Monday 10 February 2020 - Tuesday 11 February 2020
Time: 10am-3pm
Venue: N Block Reception, Rotokauri Campus

Students beginning July 2020

Date: Monday 20 July 2020 - Tuesday 21 July 2020
Time: 10am-3pm
Venue: N Block Reception, Rotokauri Campus

All students enrolled in the Animal Technology Programmeswill be spending 2 days getting to know each other, the tutors and the Rotokauri Campus, as well as receiving your resources and spending time in the classroom.

What you will need

Resources will be provided on the day.

We will be contacting you closer to the time with further information.​

For any questions please either email the Administrator or phone 0800 2 WINTEC.

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking. Find out about discounted bus services here.

Wintec pōwhiri/nau mai, haere mai

Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

Additional information

Booklist

Purchasing textbooks

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

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

First aid certificate

Health status

Uniform

Equipment

Clinical placement

Prospectus (course guide)

The Wintec Prospectus (otherwise known as a course guide) outlines everything you need to know about Wintec. It contains information about the Wintec campuses, student life, and the programmes that are on offer.

Request an email or posted copy of the Prospectus.

The Prospectus (course guide) is available in both digital and physical formats. Click on the document below to download a copy or fill in the form below to receive a copy via either email or the post.

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