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Diploma in Veterinary Assistant & Animal Welfare

Turn your passion for animals into a job you love.

Our practical Diploma in Animal Welfare is designed to equip you with fundamental care techniques for a variety of animals, from cats and dogs to rabbits and birds.

Delve into the daily life of a veterinarian, gain insights into common health issues among domestic pets, master basic first aid for animals, and explore approaches to rehabilitation for domestic animals.

Whether you’re aspiring to join the animal health care industry or working towards becoming a Veterinary Assistant, our globally recognised courses offer the knowledge and skills you need to succeed.


I’ve gone from working in a pathology office to now hanging out with some super cute dogs!’ Janet’s journey is far from over, and she has big plans to take her career even further. Ultimately, she hopes to help expand her friend’s business to include mobile grooming, a must-have for many clients in today’s busy world. …Read More

Obtain an industry recognised qualification

Find a career you'll love

The Career Academy?s Animal Care program has helped many of our graduates discover fulfilling careers in the animal care sector. Our dedicated team is here to make sure that you are fully equipped and career-ready. Here are just some of the careers that a course with us can prepare you for:
  • Animal welfare officer
  • Groomer
  • Pet Shop staff member / Business owner
  • Vet assistant
  • Animal trainer


Read through incredible journeys and stories our learners have, and how The Career Academy helped them achieve their dreams.

A proud SPCA Partner

SPCA helps protect over 33,000 animals in New Zealand every year. TCA donates a portion of all course proceeds to the SPCA, with the funds going towards supporting their mission of helping animals who are sick, injured, abused or vulnerable.

Here are just some of the benefits...

  • Learn about compliance with infection control policies & procedures
  • Understand how to assist in the healthcare of animals
  • Understand conservation, disease, and healthcare across a range of species
  • Learn a new skillset online at your own pace
  • Gain confidence and get ahead in a competitive industry
  • Covers basic first-aid and rescue techniques
  • Includes administration training for Veterinary services

What you'll learn about

  • Introduction to Animal Care
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Husbandry of Dogs
  • Husbandry of Other Species
  • Common Diseases of Dogs
  • Common Diseases of Other Species
  • First Aid, Accidents and Emergencies
  • Handling and Safety
  • Veterinary Health Care and Procedures
  • Training and Behaviour
  • Introduction to Animal Science
  • Cellular Structure and Function
  • Tissues and Organ Systems
  • Skeletal System
  • Muscular System
  • Circulatory System
  • Respiratory System
  • Digestive System
  • Nervous System
  • Reproduction in Animals
  • Embarking on Animal Health
  • Common Diseases in Animals
  • Nutrition and Diet for Animals
  • Preventive Care and Vaccinations in Animals
  • Parasite Control and Management
  • Animal Behaviour & Stress Management
  • Reproductive Health in Animals
  • Emergency First Aid for Animals
  • Specialised Care of Animals
  • Health and Safety
  • Advances in Veterinary Surgeries
  • Medical Interventation
  • Foundations of Animal Health and Disease
  • Detecting Disease
  • Categorising Animal Ailments
  • Unveiling Disease Origins
  • Navigating Treatment Strategies
  • Dynamics of Inflammation
  • Fever’s Role in Animal Immunity
  • Journey of Healing
  • Care and Recovery
  • Decoding Cellular Transformations
  • Natural Approaches to Animal Wellness
  • Recognising Symptoms of Discomfort
  • Health through Natural Nutrition
  • Holistic Health Care
  • Addressing Health Issues
  • Common Ailments
  • Managing Health Challenges
  • Introduction to Animal Welfare
  • Animal Psychology
  • Strategies for Management
  • Welfare and Protection Services
  • Welfare and Rescue Services
  • Promoting Animal Welfare
  • Welfare in Sporting Animals
  • Improving Animal Welfare
  • Balancing Animal Welfare Needs

Flexible Payment Options




Discounted price

$1,695.00 + GST

Pay your course fees upfront and benefit from a $345 discount, with a 7 day money-back guarantee.

Pay a total of $1,695.00 + GST around your schedule with our flexible, interest-free payment plan, that also includes a 7 day money back guarantee.

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There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites to enrol into this course. You can enrol online directly by clicking on “Enrol Now” and follow the prompts. Alternatively, you can enrol over the phone with our friendly student advisors – call 0800 342 829 or email them at

This course costs $1,299 + GST or only $25 per week on a no-deposit, interest-free payment plan. Click here to get started now.

This course takes approximately 360 hours, and you’ll have up to 12 months to complete. Study in your own time, at your own pace. Most of The Career Academy courses are designed so that you do one module a week, but if life gets busy, you can apply for a course extension if you need more time.

Upon completing this course, you could obtain work in the Animal Care & Welfare industries.

Contact a friendly student advisor on 0800 342 829 to learn about potential career outcomes and where our courses could take you. Employers often approach The Career Academy looking for students and advertise jobs in our Career Centre, which you can access once enrolled. You’ll also receive a FREE CV review. 

Your course is delivered through our online learning platform, which you can access from any web browser 24/7 to work whenever and wherever you want. You can also interact with your tutors and other students within the learning environment. Online learning allows you to make the best use of your time and puts all the necessary resources at your fingertips. There are no set course start dates; you can start whenever you are ready, and your tutors and student services will check in on your progress and help you every step of the way.

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Absolutely! You’ve got a 7 day cooling off period (or trial period) at the start of your course. Take that time to look through all your learning material and get a feel for online learning. If you decide the course isn’t for you within the trial period, you’ll get a full money back guarantee*.

The Career Academy Diploma in Veterinary Assistant & Animal Welfare is a great way to learn what it takes to become a Veterinary Assistant.

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