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New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Lifestyle Block Animals) (Level 3) - SIT2LRN Distance Learning

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 3
Dates:

2019 Intake 5: 12 August to 01 November - Applications Close 22 July 2019

2019 Intake 6: 23 September to 13 December - Applications Close 02 September 2019

Duration:

Six months full-time

Up to two years part-time

Intakes are 12 weeks long

Location: SIT2LRN Distance Learning
Credits: 70

Do you have a passion for animals and their well-being? Are you looking to learn more about how to care for your animals on your lifestyle block? Do you volunteer with a local animal welfare organisation and would like to learn more about animal anatomy? Or are you just looking for some more information on how to care for the newest animal member of your whanau? The New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Lifestyle Block) may be the programme you've been looking for.

The aims of the qualification are as follows:

  • 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 lifestyle block animals for those working or intending to work in the animal care sector.

Note: Your enrolment must NOT exceed 45 credits in one intake. 

Compulsory (40 credits)

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.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Illustrate the lifecycle of viral, viral-like, bacterial and fungal zoonoses in New Zealand.
  2. Illustrate the lifecycle of protozoal and parasitic diseases in New Zealand.
  3. Describe the signs of zoonotic disease in animals and humans.
  4. Explain policies and methods for preventing the spread of zoonoses in an animal handling facility.
  5. Illustrate methods for preventing the spread of zoonoses in a lifestyle block or private dwelling.
  6. Identify and describe the methods utilised to prevent the spread of notifiable exotic zoonoses in New Zealand.

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.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the structure and processes of animal cells.
  2. Compare the structure, location, and function of epithelial tissue, connective tissue, muscular tissue and nervous tissue in specified companion/lifestyle block animals.
  3. Compare the basic anatomy and function of skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, urinary, integumentary, endocrine, lymphatic, and nervous systems; special senses and homeostatis in specified companion/lifestyle block animals.

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.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the difference between a code of practice and New Zealand legislation.
  2. Identify codes of practice relevant to animal welfare and their relation to the Animal Welfare Act 1999 (including amendments).
  3. Describe local by-laws with regard to animal welfare including how local by-laws are enacted by local government.
  4. Describe the roles of the Ministry for Primary Industries and the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee with regard to animal welfare 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.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast normal and abnormal behaviour for common companion and/or lifestyle block animals in New Zealand.
  2. Describe a range of emergency procedures.
  3. Identify appropriate times to employ emergency procedures on the basis of behaviour being exhibited.

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.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  • Describe the basic health procedures for a range of companion and/or lifestyle block animals in New Zealand.
  • Identify potential risks to animal handlers when undertaking animal health checks or undertaking first aid measures and how these risks may be avoided or minimised.
  • Identify occasions when first aid measures are warranted.
  • Evaluate the efficiency and usefulness of different first aid measures.

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.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the difference between signs of ill health and abnormal behaviour.
  2. Describe the signs of ill health in common companion and/or lifestyle block animals in New Zealand.


Companion Animal Context - Choose 3 from the following:

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.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe individual dogs and breeds.
  2. Describe indicators of good health in dogs.
  3. Describe indicators of ill health in dogs.
  4. Describe the nutritional needs of different dog breeds and how these change over the animal’s lifetime.
  5. Describe housing requirements (including hygiene requirements) for dogs.
  6. Illustrate safe handling and transportation techniques for dogs.

ACS107 Horse Identification, Health and Housing (10 credits)
This paper provides students with knowledge necessary to identify individual horses and breeds, describe indicators of good and poor health in horses, provide appropriate nutrition for horses, identify housing requirements for horses, and explain safe handling techniques for horses.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe individual horses and breeds.
  2. Describe indicators of good health in horses.
  3. Describe indicators of ill health in horses.
  4. Describe the nutritional needs of different horse breeds and how these change over the animal’s lifetime.
  5. Describe housing requirements (including hygiene requirements) for horses.
  6. Illustrate safe handling and transportation techniques for horses.

ACS108 Poultry Identification, Health and Housing (10 credits)
This paper provides students with knowledge necessary to identify different poultry breeds, describe indicators of good and ill health in poultry, provide appropriate nutrition for poultry, identify housing requirements for poultry, and explain safe handling techniques for poultry.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe individual poultry and breeds.
  2. Describe indicators of good health in poultry.
  3. Describe indicators of ill health in poultry.
  4. Describe the nutritional needs of different poultry breeds and how these change over the animal’s lifetime.
  5. Describe housing requirements (including hygiene requirements) for poultry.
  6. Illustrate safe handling and transportation techniques for poultry.

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.

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe individual rodents and rabbits and breeds.
  2. Describe indicators of good health in rodents and rabbits.
  3. Describe indicators of ill health in rodents and rabbits.
  4. Describe the nutritional needs of different rodent and rabbit breeds and how these change over the animals’ lifetime.
  5. Describe housing requirements (including hygiene requirements) for rodents and rabbits.
  6. Illustrate safe handling and transportation techniques for rodents and rabbits.

ACS110 Ruminant Identification, Health and Housing (10 credits)

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

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe individual ruminants and different breeds.
  2. Describe indicators of good health in ruminants.
  3. Describe indicators of ill health in ruminants.
  4. Describe the nutritional needs of different ruminant breeds and how these change of the animal’s lifetime.
  5. Describe housing requirements (including hygiene requirements) for ruminants.
  6. Illustrate safe handling and transportation techniques for ruminants.

The Zero Fees Scheme applies to this course, so there are no tuition fees as long as you are a New Zealand citizen, resident/permanent resident (residing in NZ), BUT there is a student direct material cost per credit of study undertaken, plus a non-refundable administration cost of $50.00 for each application processed, and the required textbook/s listed below. You must maintain satisfactory academic progress to retain your Zero Fees Scheme entitlement.

Zero Fees Scheme – applies to NZ citizens and residents/permanent residents (residing in NZ). 2019 Cost (NZ$) $7.00 per credit + admin cost of $50.00 per application (e.g. $700.00 for 100 credit course) - includes GST

International Students $100.00 per credit

Payments must be paid by the due date shown on the invoice.

Withdrawals & Transfers

  • Early withdrawals within the first week of the intake starting are entitled to a full refund of the Student Direct Material Costs but not the non-refundable administration cost of $50.
  • Withdrawals have to be requested within 75% of the intake, withdrawals after the early withdrawal date are not eligible for a refund.
  • Transfer requests have to be within the first two weeks of the intake starting and will incur a $50 transfer fee. Transfers can only occur to a subsequence intake within the same calendar year.

All SIT2LRN courses are approved by Studylink. Any queries regarding Studylink allowances, loans, and terms and conditions should be made directly to Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or www.studylink.govt.nz.

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)
  • Cambridge English Examinations – FCE, or FCE for schools, with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill. OET at Grade C in all sub-tests
  • 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
  • LanguageCert – B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS

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.  

Full time study

According to Study Link, full time study is completing 36 credits in one 12-week intake. This requires around 35 hours of study per week for the duration of the intake.

Full time acceptance in to the programme is at the Programme Manager’s discretion and is not guaranteed.

A suggested full-time example study plan is:

  • Intake 1 ACS100, 103, 104, 105, + one elective (33 credits)
  • Intake 3 ACS101, 102, + two electives (37 credits)

A suggested full-time example study plan is:

  • Intake 2 ACS100, 103, 104, + two electives (38 credits)
  • Intake 4 ACS101, 102, 105, + two electives (42 credits)

Part time study

The number of papers you select to study per intake should depend on work, family, and other commitments. You may enrol in the papers in any order that you wish to study them. You may select any combination of papers, that add up to 30 or 31 credits.

A suggested part-time example study plan is:

  • Intake 1 ACS103, 104 + one elective (20 credits)
  • Intake 3 ACS100, 102 + one elective (25 credits)
  • Intake 5 ACS101, 105 + one elective (25 credits)

It is recommended that all students complete ACS101 in your final enrolment in the programme.

When selecting papers, try and spread the number of credits evenly across each intake you are applying for. For example, if you wish to complete the certificate in one year, you could for example, apply for study in Intake 1, Intake 3, and Intake 5. You might wish to apply for 15 credits in Intake 1, another 15 credits in Intake 3 (about 12.5 hours of study per week in each intake), and then complete ACS101 (10 credits) in Intake 5 (about 8.5 hours of study per week).

All work for a paper must be completed during the intake in which you are enrolled in it. If you do not complete the paper within the intake, you must re-enrol in the paper in a later intake.

Use the ‘Study Load Calculator’ table on the following page to calculate approximately how many hours per week you will require for your chosen study plan.

Additional Information

  • As a guideline, one credit equates to approximately 10 hours study within an intake period.  Click HERE to download a Study Load Calculator (spreadsheet)
  • All papers selected within a particular intake must be completed within that intake unless a transfer is requested (conditions apply; see FAQs)
  • Online enrolments are on a year by year basis and students are welcome to apply for multiple intakes in one enrolment.  Further enrolment is the responsibility of individual students.  There is no automatic enrolment rollover

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Students who have previously completed any NZQA unit standards relating to the above papers can apply to have the unit(s) recognised on their record of learning at SIT2LRN. This is done by filling in a ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ (RPL) application form and attaching proof of achievement. The RPL application form is available here: http://www.sit.ac.nz/Students/Academic-Support.

All SIT2LRN courses require you to have a computer and Internet access. Students are required to use their SIT webmail only for all SIT2LRN communications. All course materials and information, including assessments and due dates, are located on the online Blackboard system. Once you have been accepted into a programme you will receive a Important Information Booklet that includes information that you can use to familiarise yourself with our online Blackboard learning environment. From the intake start date you will have access to the online course materials to work through.

Facilitator Assistance:  During the enrolled intake period, students have email access to Facilitators, who endeavour to respond to emails within 48 hours (week days only).  All students are required, within the first two weeks of an intake, to send an email to their Facilitator confirming their start on the programme of study.  Students who have not emailed their facilitator or embarked upon their course of study by the end of the 2nd week of an intake, will be Faculty Withdrawn from the programme.  Such withdrawals may impact on future access to SIT Zero Fees Scheme and Student Direct Material Costs are still liable for payment.

Progress reports are sent out 6-8 weeks after the end of each intake.

We recommend students new to SIT2LRN read through the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website for further study and enrolment information.

Please use the following checklist to ensure that all relevant information and documentation has been included. Remember, your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide us with.  Processing of your application will be delayed if we need to come back to you for missing information.

  • I have read all sections of the Programme Information on this page
  • I have read the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions section
  • I have met all admission criteria for the programme (found under Application Criteria)
  • I have met all the criteria for individual papers (found under Course Content).
  • I have selected the paper(s) I wish to study
  • I have selected intake(s).  (I have selected alternate intakes rather than overlapping intakes)
  • I have selected both ACS103 and ACS104 during the same intake as they need to be taken together.
  • I know my intended payment method
  • If my organisation/company is paying for my studies, I have a completed and approved purchase order to attach to my online application.  I am aware that should my organisation or company not pay my fees, these will become my responsibility.
  • New students – I have provided an active NSN in the name I am enrolling in or I have verified ID and will attach it to my online application
  • New students – I will attach academic documentation (NZQA record of achievement/academic transcripts/certificates).  These do not need to be verified. (If you do not have any academic documentation to support your application, please attach a comprehensive CV outlining your education and work experience)
  • I have computer access,  an Internet connection and access to software to create electronic documents e.g. Microsoft Word or Open Office

What is the Zero Fees Scheme?

The Zero Fees Scheme means we do not charge tuition fees. However, there is a Student Direct Material Cost that you need to pay and a non-refundable administration fee. The administration fee is for processing your application and the Student Direct Material Cost gives you secure access to Blackboard® our online learning environment and to student support services throughout your study with us.

Who qualifies for the Zero Fees Scheme?

  • A New Zealand citizen completing the full qualification or 
  • An Australian citizen/New Zealand Resident or Permanent Resident who will be residing in New Zealand for the duration of your enrolment.

Instructions to help you with your application:

  1. Read the Programme Information on this page and the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions and find out if you meet the application criteria for both the programme and the unit/s you wish to study.
  2. Check your eligibility for Zero Fees. If you are not eligible to study under this scheme, please call
    0800 748 257 for further options.
  3. Complete your online enrolment checking that:

If you are a new student …

  • Provide an active NSN number in the name you are enrolling in (contact NZQA on 0800 697 296 to get your NSN number if you do not know it);
  • If you do not have an active NSN, then attach a copy of your verified ID in the name you are enrolling in
  • If you are a Resident or Permanent resident of NZ, please provide a copy of proof of residency;
  • Attach all academic documentation to support your application including copies of any certificates of courses you have undertaken / NZQA record of achievement / transcripts / CV;

Attach supporting documents as required and outlined on the previous page.

  1. Please check that you have included all the required information and supporting documents.  Your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide.  Missing information will delay the processing of your application.
  2. Please scan and email all additional documentation to sit2lrn@sit.ac.nz.

What happens next?

  • You will receive an automatic email confirmation when we receive your online application. Processing may take up to three weeks. However, we will get in touch with you sooner if we require further documentation
  • Once your application has been accepted you will be sent a conditional offer of acceptance with an invoice and instructions on how to make payment
  • Once we have received your payment (or if you have opted to pay by Credit Card, Student Loan or Purchase Order) you will be sent an Enrolment Confirmation Letter and Important Information Booklet. Closer to the start of the intake you will receive a Time To Get Started Letter which will give you all the necessary information, tools and guidance to start your study with us

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Fish, Horses, Companion Animals, and Lifestyle Block 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 (Fish, Horses, Companion Animals, and Lifestyle Block Animals) (Level 3)
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Fish, Horses, Companion Animals, and Lifestyle Block Animals) (Level 3) full-time over 6 months or part-time over 2 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.

Assessments for this programme typically include short answer and multi-choice questions and some short written reports. There are no exams for this programme.

Some papers require a practical component as part of their assessment.

For more information on required and recommended textbooks for this course please refer to the textbook list here

Please note that textbooks need to be ordered at least 3-4 weeks prior to the commencement of your study

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