New Zealand Certificate in Animal Management

Ara Institute of Canterbury

Subject area

Veterinary Assisting




1 Year

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, knowledge and attributes to maintain and manage a positive welfare state for animals.

This qualification is designed for people who intend to work in a role managing the day-to-day care, welfare and/or training of animals in settings such as breeding facilities, quarantine facilities, rehabilitation facilities, animal rescue centres, pet grooming facilities, boarding facilities, commercial pet shops, public aquariums, and zoos.

Graduates will have the technical knowledge and skills to manage the day-to-day animal care and husbandry operations in an animal facility, under broad supervision, or guidance.

This qualification is stranded to recognise the specialist skills required for managing care and husbandry within the contexts of companion animal; fish, amphibian and reptile; canine behaviour and training; pet grooming; and zookeeping facilities; and to promote a positive welfare state for animals.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

"40 credits at NCEA Level 1, including 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy credits; or a recognised equivalent. International applicants are required to have an IELTS score of 5.5 (general or academic) with no individual band lower than 5 from one test taken in the preceding two years, or an equivalent described in NZQA Rules. In addition to meeting the requirements for admission all applicants must complete a health declaration and declaration of any criminal conviction to ensure fitness to practice prior to acceptance into the programme.? *Convictions of any offence may not necessarily exclude applicants from enrolment. Any decision is made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the delegated authority.? Selection processes may apply where the number of applications exceed the number of available places. "

Detailed requirements

See provider website for more details about entry to this qualification.


1 Year

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$7,034 $7,034
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$7,187 $7,187
Total $14,221 $14,221

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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 242 476
Phone: (03) 940 8669
Fax: (03) 366 6544

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

Where does this information come from?

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