Animal Care

Stay in school but learn new skills two days a week at Trades Academy. Earn NCEA credits. Fees free. Learn to look after animals and get an insight into working in the animal care industry. Study animal anatomy and physiology. Handle and care for a range of small animals from birds to reptiles, rabbits to fish, cats and dogs.

What you will learn

  • To understand animal welfare principles and practices
  • A basic understanding of anatomy and physiology of specific animal species
  • How to monitor health and provide husbandry (breeding) for dogs and ornamental fish
  • A basic understanding of farm practices and livestock behaviour
  • Bee health and behaviour, honey harvesting and processing, and the beekeeping industry (including career opportunities)
  • How to apply safe work practices in an animal care and husbandry context
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  • Class runs on Thursday and Friday from 9am - 2.30pm with a half hour lunch break
  • Travel costs incurred are provided free
  • Protective clothing and safety equipment will be provided if needed
  • Normal school holidays apply

What your week will look like

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Timetable is indicative only, a full timetable will be available prior to course start. 

Entry criteria

Under 20

Students must be enrolled in a secondary school in the Wellington region and must enrol in the Wellington Trades Academy through their secondary school. 

You should have achieved at least 60 credits at NCEA Level 1, including the requirements for NCEA Level 1 literacy and numeracy (10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits). 

What it will cost


  • No study fees (other course related costs may still apply)


This programme is not available to international students.

Where will my course be?

The Petone campus is at 21 Kensington Avenue, Petone.

Read more about our Petone campus.

Ready to enrol?


This programme requires a special enrolment process. Please refer to the documents section below for further information.


Contact our international team to check the suitability of this course for international students.

Documents and other details

Offered by:
School of Health and Social Services
Offered by:
Te Hau Tapu me te Puna Oranga
Formal programme title:
Introductory Animal Care
Programme code: