Diploma in Veterinary Assistant & Animal Welfare


Turn your passion for animals into a job you love

This practical Diploma in Animal Welfare includes fundamental care techniques for a variety of animals, including cats, dogs, rabbits and birds. Learn what a typical day looks like for a Veterinarian, some common health issues experienced by domestic pets, basic first aid for animals and how to approach rehabilitation for domestic animals. Plus, you can study animal welfare NZ wide as this completed 100% online. Enrol to join the animal health care industry or work towards becoming a Veterinary Assistant NZ-wide.

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Course Duration

~360 Hours
 | 12 Months Access
Study at your own pace – students generally complete one module per-week. See our free course guide for detailed duration information.

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Be awarded with a certificate of achievement on completion of this course.

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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.


  • 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


  • 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

We donate 15% of all course proceeds to the SPCA


  • The Career Academy (TCA) is a proud SPCA Business Supporter
  • SPCA helps protect over 33,000 animals in New Zealand every year
  • TCA donates 15% 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.


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$1,695.00 + GST

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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 info@careeracademy.co.nz

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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