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New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Companion Animals) (Level 3) - Invercargill

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 3
Dates:

Intake1: 23 July 2019 to 06 December 2019

Duration:

20 weeks full-time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 70

  • Gain skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to working or further training in the animal care sector
  • Provide a base for learners to progress to more advanced studies in animal care
  • Provide a programme of study that will enhance the knowledge base for the contexts of companion animals for those working or intending to work in the animal care sector

Compulsory

ACS100 Zoonoses and Their Control (8 Credits)

This paper provides students with knowledge of the lifecycles, signs of disease and means of control for common zoonotic pathogens which may be encountered when dealing with companion and/or lifestyle block animals.

ACS101 Animal Anatomy and Physiology (10 Credits)

This paper provides students with knowledge of the basic anatomy and physiology of common companion and lifestyle block animals in New Zealand.

ACS102 Ethical and Legal Behaviour in Relation to Animals (7 Credits)

This paper provides students with knowledge of the ethical and legal considerations in relation to animal care and handling in New Zealand.

ACS103 Normal and Abnormal Behaviour and Emergency Procedures (5 Credits)
ACS103 and ACS104 must be done together as the course work and assessments are integrated.

This paper provides students with knowledge and skills necessary to recognize normal and abnormal animal behaviour and when appropriate emergency procedures need to be considered/put in place.

ACS104 Basic Animal Health Procedures and First Aid (5 Credits)
ACS103 and ACS104 must be done together as the course work and assessments are integrated.

This paper provides students with knowledge necessary to undertake basic health procedures and apply first aid for common companion and/or lifestyle block animals in New Zealand.

ACS105 Signs of Ill Health in Animals (5 Credits) 

This paper provides students with knowledge necessary to identify the signs of ill health in common companion and/or lifestyle block animals in New Zealand.


Companion Animal Context - Choose 3 from

ACS111 Cat Identification, Health and Housing (10 Credits)

This paper provides students with knowledge necessary to identify different cat breeds, describe indicators of good and ill health in cats, provide appropriate nutrition for cats, identify housing requirements for cats, and explain safe handling techniques for cats.

ACS106 Dog Identification, Health and Housing (10 Credits)

This paper provides students with knowledge necessary to identify individual dogs and breeds, describe indicators of good and ill health in dogs, provide appropriate nutrition for dogs, identify housing requirements for dogs, and explain safe handling techniques for dogs.

ACS112 Reptile and Amphibian Identification, Health and Housing (10 Credits)

This paper provides students with knowledge necessary to identify different reptiles and amphibians, describe indicators of good and ill health in reptiles and amphibians, provide appropriate nutrition for reptiles and amphibians, identify housing requirements for reptiles and amphibians, and explain safe handling techniques for reptiles and amphibians.

ACS109 Rodent and Rabbit Identification, Health and Housing (10 Credits)

This paper provides students with knowledge necessary to identify different rodent and rabbit breeds, describe indicators of good and ill health in rodent and rabbit, provide appropriate nutrition for rodent and rabbit, identify housing requirements for rodent and rabbit, and explain safe handling techniques for rodent and rabbit.

ACS113  Caged Bird Identification, Health and Housing (10 Credits)

This paper provides students with knowledge necessary to identify different caged birds, describe indicators of good and ill health in caged birds, provide appropriate nutrition for caged birds, identify housing requirements for caged birds, and explain safe handling techniques for caged birds.

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • 2019 direct material costs of $819 (GST inclusive).

International Fees can be found here.

This course is designed to provide education and training for people wishing to progress to higher levels of tertiary training, or gain employment in animal-related industry sectors, including veterinary practices, animal laboratories, pet shops, kennels, animal welfare agencies, farms and representatives for animal drug companies.

School Leavers

Applicants should be a minimum of 16 years of age, and have attained NCEA Level 2 as follows:

  • 60 credits at Level 2 or above, plus 20 credits from any level, and
  • Literacy – minimum of 10 credits at Level 1 or above through either specified assessment standards available through a range of subjects and English for Academic Purposes unit standards 22750 and 22751 (minimum total of 10 credits), or unit standards – package of three literacy unit standards (26622, 26624, 26625 – all three required)
  • Numeracy – a minimum of 10 credits at Level 1 or above through either achievement standards – specified assessment standards available through a range of subjects (minimum total of 10 credits), or unit standards – package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627 – all three required)

Mature Applicants

Applicants over the age of 20 years at time of enrolment will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme. Examples of demonstration of ability to succeed are the provision of evidence of successful completion of a programme of study at Level 2 or above, and/or employment in the related sector for one or more years. They may be admitted subject to programme regulations approved by the head of faculty in consultation with the programme manager as appropriate. Personal commitment and a belief in one’s own ability to succeed are important personal traits and will always be taken into consideration during the selection process.

Language Requirements
Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or achievement the required score in one of the following internationally recognised English Proficiency tests within the preceding two years:

  • IELTS test – General or Academic score of 5, with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) – Score of 500 (with an essay score 4 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet- based test (iBT) – Score of 35 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations – FCE, or FCE for schools, with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill.
  • NZCEL – Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace, or Academic
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PToE (Academic) score of 36
  • City and Guilds IESOL – B1 Achiever with a score of 43

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they:

  1. Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
  2. Hold a bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America or
  3. Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or
  4. Have achieved the required score in one of the internationally recognised English Proficiency tests (specified above) within the preceding two years.

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Companion Animals) (Level 3), and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 70 credits in accordance with the Programme schedule for the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Companion Animals) (Level 3).
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Companion Animals) (Level 3) full-time over six months or part-time over two years.

Please Note: Students failing to engage in study as per programme requirements may forfeit Zero Fees entitlement.

Graduates of this Level 3 Certificate may wish to apply for one of our on-campus Veterinary Nursing programmes.

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