New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care

Otago Polytechnic

Subject area

Veterinary Assisting



20 Weeks

Total student fees


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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The purpose of this qualification is to provide individuals with the skills and knowledge to care for animals within welfare standards and practices.

This qualification is for people who intend to work in a role assisting with the care of animals in a non-production context in settings such as rural blocks, animal rescue centres, boarding facilities, and animal recreation businesses.

Graduates will have the skills, knowledge, and attributes to assist with the care of animals under limited supervision.

This qualification is stranded to recognise the specialist skills required for assisting with care and husbandry within the contexts of companion animals, equine, and rural animals.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements


Detailed requirements

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20 Weeks

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$3,836 $3,836
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$2,865 $2,865
Total $6,701 $6,701

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A Compulsory Student Services Fee may be charged, see your provider for details.

Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

Median earnings N/A
Earnings range N/A
In employment N/A
In further study N/A
On a benefit N/A

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 762 786
Phone: (03) 477 3014
Fax: (03) 471 6870

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