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We can help you explore your passion for animal care. Use our dog grooming courses to learn how to care for your own dog or explore what tools and equipment you might need to start an animal care business in New Zealand.

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Become a Professional Dog Groomer! Whether you’ve already got some experience in grooming and want to increase your knowledge base, or you want to get your foot in the door as a grooming apprentice, this Diploma will be for you.
Get the training & skillset that the industry is looking out for. Covers basic first-aid and rescue techniques, caring for farm animals, birds, fish, dogs & cats. Understand dog psychology & teach your dog good habits that will last a lifetime
Teach your dog good habits that will last a lifetime! Learn how to care for all Animals! Start creating your own animal care business with this vital course, covering canine psychology, dog training & obedience techniques and more.
If you have a great passion for animals and their well being, then this course will suit you down to the ground. It’s a course where you’ll gain vital skills and a real knowledge of how to provide the best care for companion animals.
The Certificate in Animal Health introduces you to several facets of the Animal Health sector. Understand terminology and practices used by veterinarians and learn about other businesses invested in animal health. Discover common ailments experienced by domestic animals and grasp signs and behaviours that may require treatment.
Whether you are a responsible dog owner, you want to enter the dog care industry, or you already work in a dog care related business; this course will provide you with essential knowledge to improve your ability to care for canines. Become a skilled dog owner, improve your ability to work within the volunteer field.
The Certificate in Cat Welfare delivers in-depth education on all aspects of cat care, from behaviour and health to overall management. Designed to empower participants with the necessary knowledge and skills, this program ensures they can provide comprehensive care that promotes the well-being and joy of their feline companions. It equips individuals with the tools to address and manage cat welfare effectively.
Whether you’ve already got some experience in grooming and want to increase your knowledge base, or you want to get your foot in the door as a grooming apprentice, this Certificate will be for you.
Turn your love for domestic cats into a potential career path via online learning with The Career Academy. This comprehensive course will help you understand what drives feline behaviour and how best to address health issues with a preventative mindset. You will discover how breeders operate and what it takes to effectively run a Domestic Cat Care business.
This course will teach you the fundamentals of horse care including dietary requirements, the digestive system, and grooming. It also covers pasture management and the commercial opportunities within the horse world. Whether you own a horse, are looking to start a career, or work with horses already, this course will provide you with the essential knowledge you need.
Learn about innovative ways Wildlife Conservationists identify and recover vulnerable habitats and apply your knowledge in a research project focusing on an endangered species in your area. TCA can help you build a foundation for a career as a changemaker. Understand essential concepts like biodiversity, wildlife management, and ways to protect an ecosystem or habitat.
The Certificate in Wildlife Management is designed to teach you the foundations of working with wildlife. This program will give you a working knowledge of running parks and reserves, pest control, rehabilitating wildlife, as well as wildlife administration and law. Gain an introduction to the principles and practices of wildlife management common to many species around the globe.
Get the training & skillset that the industry is looking out for. Covers basic first-aid and rescue techniques, caring for farm animals, birds, fish, dogs & cats. Understand conservation, disease, and healthcare across a wide range of species. Delivered in partnership with Learning Lounge.
Perfect for those who want to work for themselves & start their own dog grooming business. Learn how to care for pet dogs, grooming essentials, and how to start your own business. Receive 1-to-1 mentoring from an expert dog groomer to accelerate your progress
Our online course will teach you about canine psychology, senses and behaviour, and you’ll learn basic dog and obedience training techniques. This course will provide invaluable information for anyone who owns dogs, works with dogs currently, or plans to work with dogs in the future.
The Career Academy dog training certification pathway leads you through modules for fundamental care approaches in various situations. This Dog behaviour training certification includes an overview of the seven main breed groups, helps you understand canine behaviour, and opens the door to a smart start for your own dog care business.


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Animal care is a growing business that could provide you with a number of work opportunities. You could use The Career Academy qualifications to show prospective employers you are serious about dog training, pet grooming, wildlife management and animal care.
Yes, all of our dog grooming courses are 100% online. If you want to enter the industry as a grooming apprentice, the Diploma in Dog Grooming from The Career Academy is a great first step. 
The Diploma in Dog Grooming is a great course that gives you a broad understanding of the care of canines and prepares you to potentially start a dog grooming business of your own down the track.
With The Career Academy, this can take approximately 200 hours. You’ll have 24/7 access to your online course material and up to 12 months to complete it.
Our Animal Care courses are flexible and online, allowing you to start at any time that suits you. There’s no set start date.
To enrol with a payment plan, please visit our enrolment page or contact customer service. They will assist you in setting up a plan that fits your financial situation.

Yes, you can put your course on hold. The exact start date for next year can be determined based on your personal circumstances. Please contact us to arrange this. (0800 342 829)

Our courses are comprehensive and industry-relevant, providing you with practical skills and knowledge for animal care. However, please note that they are not NZQA approved. They are designed to give you a solid foundation in animal care, which can be beneficial for personal development or as a stepping stone to further education and training.
Yes, you have the option to pay in full. For detailed cost information for both full and weekly payments, please see individual products





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