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

Learn how to care for a range of animals such as cats, dogs and rabbits. Gain work experience at Wellington SPCA. Develop knowledge and skills for the industry: animal handling techniques, health and husbandry, hygiene and more.

What you will learn

  • Learn the correct care for cats, dogs and rabbits
  • Techniques of animal handling
  • Welfare, ethics and safe working practices
  • Health and husbandry of companion animals
  • Hygiene and zoonosis
  • Work experience at Wellington SPCA

Career options

  • Pet shop employee
  • Dog daycare worker
  • Professional pet sitter
  • Professional dog walker
  • Kennel/cattery assistant
  • Animal groomer

Entry criteria

Additional Entry Criteria for Health and Social Services Programmes (PDF 1.6 MB)

All students will be required to complete a Criminal Declaration form: Criminal Conviction Declaration Form (PDF 63 KB)

NCEA Level 1, or equivalent gained through tertiary study or relevant personal, practical, professional and/or educational experience, including literacy and numeracy competence equivalent to that specified above.


Minimum IELTS (academic) score of 5.0 with no band score lower than 5.0, or equivalent.

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