New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Fish, Horses, Companion Animals, and Lifestyle Block Animals)

Waikato Institute of Technology Ltd

Subject area

Veterinary Assisting


Check out Fees Free to see whether you are eligible for a year of fees-free study or two years industry training. Contact your provider to confirm your study options meet the criteria.

Entry requirements

There are no mandatory prerequisites for this qualification but it is recommended that NCEA Level 1, with strengths from the Vocational Pathway Primary Industries sector, be a minimum.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The purpose of this qualification is to provide individuals with the skills, knowledge and attributes to maintain the welfare of animals in the companion, recreation, or lifestyle block animal sectors.

This qualification is targeted at individuals who are, or are intending to be, caring for animals in non-production contexts, for example: pet stores, animal rescue centres, pet groomers, boarding and training facilities, lifestyle blocks, and animal recreation businesses.

The community will benefit from a qualification that ensures individuals in a wide range of animal care roles can care for the welfare of animals within welfare standards and practices.

To achieve this qualification graduates will be able to carry out animal care tasks relevant to one of the following contexts: Companion Animals, Fish, Horses, Lifestyle Block Animals.

Graduates will be capable of operating under limited supervision.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Veterinary Studies at this level can earn:


Median earnings one year after study


Median earnings two years after study


Median earnings five years after study

Status one year after study

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Employment rate two years after study

Scholarship information

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 444 204
Phone: (0800) 294 6832
Fax: (07) 838 0707

Please contact the provider for details of where this qualification is offered.

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