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

Documents and other Details

Programme Information


Entry criteria


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.

All students are required to undergo a police check at the time of entry into the programme. In the event of an adverse police report, entry into the programme will be at the discretion of the Head of School.


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

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