NZ Certificate in Animal Management (Companion Animals Strand) [Level 4]

Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


41 weeks


Level 4

Make your Passion for Animals your Career

The New Zealand Certificate in Animal Management is a 120 credit programme which prepares students with the skills, knowledge and attributes to ensure a positive welfare state for animals.  Students will learn how to carry out specific duties to manage the day-to-day operations of companion animal facilities.

Graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Management are able to:

■ Understand the requirements of a health and safety plan in an animal care or training facility and ensure compliance with regulatory procedures.

■ Take responsibility for the day-to-day animal health and husbandry in an animal care facility.

You are welcome to make an appointment to discuss your study options with our staff either in person or by phone and also to visit at any time to view our facilities. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Study Pathways

After completing this certificate you can continue onto the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology, Veterinary Nursing Assistant Strand (Level 5).


Entry point each year:

  • February

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

On successful completion of this certificate you may choose to seek employment in the animal care and handling industry.  These roles may include:

  • Veterinary clinics as an animal care assistant
  • Animal laboratories
  • Pet shops
  • Kennels and catteries
  • Animal welfare agencies such as the SPCA
  • Zoological and wildlife parks
  • Research and rescue services
  • Breeding establishments
  • Grooming
  • Pet sitting
  • Further study eg. New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology with Veterinary Nursing Assistant Strand (Level 5) and the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6).


Subject include:

  • anatomy & physiology
  • workplace safety
  • husbandry & handling
  • hygiene & preventative health
  • animal welfare, emergency response & complementary health
  • facilities management
  • animal health
  • breeds and behaviour

Come in and have a chat about your study options with the staff at our Hawke’s Bay campus. Or, simply give us a call on 0800 22 55 348. And you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus

Entry Requirements



EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.