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Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Animal Management (Level 4) with strands in Canine Behaviour and Training; Companion Animals; Fish, Amphibians and Reptiles; Pet Grooming; and Zookeeping
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 4
Credits 120
Subject Area
  • Health » Veterinary Studies » Veterinary Assisting
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide individuals with the skills, knowledge and attributes to maintain and manage a positive welfare state for animals.

This qualification is designed for people who intend to work in a role managing the day-to-day care, welfare and/or training of animals in settings such as breeding facilities, quarantine facilities, rehabilitation facilities, animal rescue centres, pet grooming facilities, boarding facilities, commercial pet shops, public aquariums, and zoos.

Graduates will have the technical knowledge and skills to manage the day-to-day animal care and husbandry operations in an animal facility, under broad supervision, or guidance.

This qualification is stranded to recognise the specialist skills required for managing care and husbandry within the contexts of companion animal; fish, amphibian and reptile; canine behaviour and training; pet grooming; and zookeeping facilities; and to promote a positive welfare state for animals.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Implement regulatory and compliance requirements for animal care and welfare.
- Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology to relevant aspects of animal management.
- Manage interpersonal relationships and ethical behaviour in the provision of animal care.

Graduates of the Canine Behaviour and Training strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of canine health, welfare, husbandry, wellness, and housing design to manage their care in a training environment, and transport.
- Apply knowledge of canine development, learning theory, animal communication, behaviour, and basic principles of behavioural modification, to handle and train dogs.
- Apply knowledge of interpersonal communication skills and canine learning theory, behaviour, and behavioural modification to provide instruction to clients on dog handling and training.
- Manage variations to normal and abnormal, canine health and behaviour in a training environment.

Graduates of the Companion Animals strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of health, welfare, husbandry, wellness, and housing design to manage the optimal care, and transport of companion animals.
- Manage variations to normal and abnormal companion animal health and behaviour.

Graduates of the Fish, Amphibians and Reptiles strand will also be able to:
- Apply knowledge of fish, reptiles and amphibian health, welfare, husbandry, and housing design to manage their optimal care and transport.
- Manage variations to normal and abnormal health and behaviour in fish, reptiles, and amphibians.

Graduates of the Pet Grooming strand will also be able to:
- Maintain animal, human, and environmental safety in a pet grooming environment.
- Maintain an optimal welfare state of pets in a pet grooming environment.
- Manage variations to normal and abnormal health and behaviour of pets in a pet grooming environment.
- Apply knowledge of pet breed and individual characteristics, coat and body type, handling techniques, and the use and maintenance of grooming equipment to groom pets.

Graduates of the Zookeeping strand will also be able to:
- Apply global zoo industry frameworks and concepts of conservation and objectives to all aspects of zookeeping.
- Maintain animal, human, and environmental safety in a zookeeping environment or facility.
- Maintain an optimal welfare state for animals in a zookeeping environment or facility.
- Manage variations to normal and abnormal animal health and behaviour in a zookeeping environment or facility.
Education pathways
This qualification may build on the National Certificate in Educational Achievement (Level 2) [Ref: 0973] with Vocational Pathways Primary Industry endorsement; or the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Level 3) with strands in Companion Animals, Equine, and Rural Animals [Ref: 2487].
Employment pathways
Graduates will be able to work as supervisors or technicians involved with the day-to-day care, welfare and/or training of animals. This may be in roles such as: dog trainer, pet groomer, zookeeper, zoo educator, animal centre worker, animal sanctuary worker, supervisor of kennels, cattery or doggie day care, or animal laboratory technician; animal rehabilitation, breeding, or quarantine facility; depending on the strand completed.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
Programmes leading to this qualification must (where relevant) -
1. Ensure currency with amendments to, and replacements of, relevant legislation, regulations, and codes of practice which may include some or all of the following: Veterinarian's Act 2005; Animal Welfare Act 1999; Health and Safety at Work Act 2015; Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996; Resource Management Act 1991; Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act 1997, Privacy Act 2020.
2. Ensure the Animal Welfare Act 1999 Part 6 legislating ethics surrounding use of animals in learning and teaching, including seeking Animal Ethics Committee Approval where applicable is complied with.
3. Ensure currency with the Members Code of Ethics for the association of Pet Dog Trainers in New Zealand: https://apdtnz.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/apdtnz_members_code_of_ethics.pdf

Providers must ensure learners complete Health declaration and declaration of any criminal convictions to ensure fitness to practice.
Education Organisation 5 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre Workforce Development Council
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2489
Status Current
Created February 2015
Next Review April 2026
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