New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Fish, Companion Animals and Lifestyle Block Animals) (Level 3)

Programme highlights

Do you love working with animals? Turn your passion into a rewarding career with MIT.

Our flexible learning programme will give you the skills and knowledge to care for all kinds of animals - both big and small.  This is an online programme so you can study at a time and place that suits your other commitments. You'll also get lots of support from your tutors.

You can learn about the care and handling of companion animals such as dogs, cats, birds, or learn about fish care. Another possible strand is lifestyle animals like sheep, cattle, pigs, goats, and even alpacas.

You could get a job looking after animals on a farm, zoo or vet clinic. If you enjoy looking after pets or are interested in working with other animals, this programme will get you started with the skills you need.

When you've successfully completed this course, you'll know best-practice industry and government rules for animal care, as well as how to help keep animals in good condition.

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.

Flexible study option

Key facts

Start Month(s) Rolling intakes, start anytime
Study Location(s)
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Level 3
Domestic fees Free*
Youth Guarantee Not Available
Programme Code NZ2487
Duration

36 weeks (part-time)

Study Method Online
Credits 70
International Fees Not available to International Students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship
Qualification New Zealand Certificate

Need help applying?

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If you need help with applying or advice on choosing a programme, our Ask Me! Student Services Centre is here to give you guidance.

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Information is correct at September 2018. Programme fees may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2019 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2019 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2019 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here manukau.ac.nz/study/apply-and-enrol/fees-and-study-costs. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2019 are based on the 2018 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2019. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.

Entry requirements

General

Open entry for Domestic students

There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

Career opportunities

Opportunities include:

  • Veterinary assistant
  • Farmer worker
  • Aquaculture operator
  • Zoo care worker.

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below two compulsory courses (30 credits):

121.317 Introduction to animal care and positive welfare (20 credits)

To provide an introduction to the legal requirements and philosophy of care to create a positive welfare environment when caring for animals.

121.318 Responses to emergency conditions (10 credits)

To demonstrate knowledge of health and safety requirements for the industry and knowledge of appropriate responses for emergency situations.

Plus, two courses related to your chosen strand (40 credits):

Strand 1: Fish

121.319 Normal characteristics, needs, breeds and husbandry (fish) (20 credits)

To provide knowledge and skills on recognising normal behaviour and health in fish, providing the optimum environment, and care of the young for a species.

121.320 Abnormal conditions, infections, transportation and equipment (fish) (20 credits)

To provide knowledge and skills on recognising abnormal conditions and health in fish, optimal methods of transportation of fish, and equipment used in maintaining a health aquarium.

Strand 2: Companion Animals

121.321 Normal characteristics, needs, breeds and husbandry (companion animals) (20 credits)

To provide knowledge and skills on recognising normal behaviour and health in companion animals, nutrition, taxonomy and husbandry.

121.322 Abnormal conditions, infections, transportation and equipment (companion animals) (20 credits)

To provide knowledge and skills on recognising abnormal conditions and health in companion animals.

Strand 3: Lifestyle Block Animals

Normal characteristics, needs, breeds and husbandry (lifestyle block animals) (20 credits)

To understand the normal characteristics, needs, breeds and husbandry of lifestyle block animals. 

Abnormal conditions, infections, transportation and equipment (lifestyle block animals) (20 credits)

To provide knowledge and skills on recognising abnormal conditions and health, optimal methods of transportation and husbandry of lifestyle block animals.

Key dates

To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, please view the Academic year and key dates.

Offered by

MIT Animal Care

Need help applying?

We're here to support you to succeed.

If you need help with applying or advice on choosing a programme, our Ask Me! Student Services Centre is here to give you guidance.

Send us a message, call us on 0800 62 62 52 or come in and see us.

Information is correct at September 2018. Programme fees may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2019 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2019 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2019 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here manukau.ac.nz/study/apply-and-enrol/fees-and-study-costs. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2019 are based on the 2018 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2019. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.