Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Level 3) (Companion Animals)

  • Online with 40 hours of compulsory work placement (min.)
  • Six months full-time; one year part-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts July, 2016 (full-time) and February, 2017 (part-time)
  • Apply until start date

Want to have an exciting career working with animals but not sure where to start? Start here! This programme is your first step if you want to enter an animal-related profession and you will learn about the health, welfare, anatomy and physiology of companion animals such as cats and dogs. Successful completion of this qualification will enable you to enter the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant).

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant)

  • Dunedin or by distance with block courses
  • One year full-time or two years part-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

This programme will enable you to become a Veterinary Nursing Assistant, the first step to becoming a Veterinary Nurse. It will give you the qualification necessary to then enter the National Diploma in Veterinary Nursing where you will gain the skills to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse. The animal health industry is vital to the success of New Zealand’s economy and there will always be a strong demand for qualified Veterinary Nurse Assistants and Veterinary Nurses to assist Veterinarians.

New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)*

  • Online with compulsory contact courses and 240 hours of work experience
  • 1 year full-time, 2years part-time
  • Level 6
  • Starts March, 2017
  • Apply now

Gain the advanced skills to make sound, independent decisions about veterinary nursing for animal patients and become adept at supporting their owners. Employment opportunities are diverse and could include working as a veterinary nurse (which may potentially progress to a head veterinary nurse or a practice manager role) or within animal control, wildlife management, animal breeding, conservation or education with additional training.

Certificate in Rural Animal Technology

  • Distance learning with block courses*
  • 1 year part-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date*

Attain the sought-after skills of a rural veterinary nurse and technician. You will be able to work with clients and manage and monitor rural reproductive and preventative health programmes.