Vet nurse holding dog on a lead

Animal Care Level 3

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


Course details

  • Subject to Approval
  • Feb 2021
    Jul 2021
  • One semester
  • Full-time
  • $4,291*
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees-Free Policy
  • Level 3
  • Hamilton Rotokauri Campus


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 of modules


Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsCo-RequisitesPre-Requisites
ANML301Animal Biology​

ANML303Routine Animal Care​315ANML306 
ANML304Animal Welfare and Ethics315  
ANML306Animal Hygiene and Health
ANML307Work Readiness35ANML306ANML303​, ANML304 

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 NZQF 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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Animal Care and Rural Technology pathway diagram

Please check the entry criteria for each programme to see which course is the best level for you to begin with. The entry criteria information can be found on each of the programme pages here online. You can also contact us directly to discuss the appropriate level for you at

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 July 2020

Date: Tuesday 21 July 2020
Time: 10.30am-3pm
Venue: N Block Reception, Rotokauri Campus

All students enrolled in the Animal Technology Programmes will 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 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 - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri  - Your official welcome to Wintec

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. Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out where and 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



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