Flexible learning - Animal care

Study Animal Care with flexible learning.

Full-time study isn't possible for everyone so we've developed flexible learning to make it easier for you to get qualified. As a guideline, one credit equates to approximately 10 hours of learning which may include a mix of classes, online learning, workshops or work place learning.

Please note: All of this programme is delivered under a sub-contracting arrangement with Bay of Plenty Technical Institute trading as Pacific Coast Technical Institute.

Content Structure

Online learning and support 

  • Online learning 
  • Tutor support is available through email, phone or text
  • 12 hours a week.

Work place learning 

Workplace learning enables students to apply their online learning in their workplace while participating in the day-to-day care of companion animals (dogs, cats and/or birds), fish or lifestyle block animals (sheep, cattle, alpacas, pigs, goats, emus, ostriches).

  • 3 hours a week
  • Employers and tutors will verify the students’ competency through site visits
  • Students will be visited on site at least once a term but more if required.
Speed up your qualification


At MIT, we understand that learning comes in all forms — that’s why we’re proud to offer study pathways that recognise the value of your previous work, education and life experience.

Our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programme is designed for those who already have the on-the-job skills and knowledge, but want to take their career to the next level with a qualification.

With RPL we can measure and match your existing skills against credits in our courses – creating a tailored path of study that will not only save you money, but also help you to complete your qualification faster.

The process is simple and we work with you to work out what we can tick off based on your experience.

Find out more here


If you have previous tertiary study (even if you haven’t completed a formal qualification/didn’t graduate), you may be able to cross credit this study to a programme at MIT. Contact us to discuss this as part of your application.

Choose your subject
Programme Full/part time Online Work place learning
New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Level 3) Part time

Study is not a case of one size fits all. Our Ask Me! Student Services Centre is here to help. Whatever your situation and needs, we can give you personalised advice on how to make study work for you. Get expert and personalised advice. Contact us or request a call-back.