New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care

AGC 'Training for Industry'

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

Programmes leading to this qualification must -
1. Ensure currency with amendments to, and replacements of, relevant legislation, regulations, and codes of practice which may include some or all of the following: Veterinarian's Act 2005; Animal Welfare Act 1999; Health and Safety at Work Act 2015; Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996; Resource Management Act 1991; Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act 1997, Privacy Act 1993 and any subsequent amendments.

2. Ensure the Animal Welfare Act 1999 Part 6 legislating ethics surrounding use of animals in learning and teaching, including seeking Animal Ethics Committee Approval where applicable is complied with.

Providers must ensure learners complete Health declaration and declaration of any criminal conviction to ensure fitness to practice.

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.

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

Employment rate two years after study


Employment rate two years after study

Data as at November 2021

Scholarship information

Examples of related scholarships

Elsie and Laura Lehmann Trust

Provided by:

Massey University



At the discretion of the Selection Committee

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Ann Sinclair Trust Tertiary Grant

Provided by:

Presbyterian Support Central



Refer to application organisation.

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This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (06) 348 8215
Fax: (06) 348 4330

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


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