National Certificate in Animal Care

  • Distance with block courses*
  • Full-time or part-time*
  • Level 2
  • Starts February and July*
  • Apply until start date*

Learn to work with both small and large animals and gain direct entry into year two of the National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing. Block courses are compulsory.

National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing

  • Distance learning with compulsory block courses
  • Full-time or part-time*
  • Level 5
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date. Late applications will be accepted but please contact the School.

You can only apply for this programme if you have already commenced studying this with Otago Polytechnic or another provider. Otherwise, you will need to apply for the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant), which is delivered via distance learning or blended on-campus learning.

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.

National Diploma in Veterinary Nursing

  • Distance learning with contact courses*
  • Part-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date*

After you have completed your National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing (or equivalent), boost your professional practice and employment potential with this advanced qualification in veterinary nursing. Graduate with the ability to apply advanced skills and make sound independent decisions about veterinary nursing care for animal patients.

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.

Equine First Aid short course

  • Dunedin and others*
  • 3 hours
  • Starts Flexible*
  • Apply anytime

If you have a love of horses and would like to learn how to treat them in an emergency situation, then the Equine First Aid course is for you.

Basic Equine Behaviour short course

  • Various*
  • 3 hours
  • Starts Flexible
  • Apply anytime

Find out what your horse means when he "smiles" and uses other facial expressions.

Introduction to Equine Emergency Rescue short course

  • Dunedin and others*
  • 3 hours
  • Starts Flexible
  • Apply anytime

This course is suitable for veterinary professionals, horse owners and members of the emergency service. Participants in this introductory course will learn some valuable skills to help rescue horses from difficult or dangerous situations.

Short Courses

Equine First Aid short course

  • Dunedin and others*
  • 3 hours
  • Starts Flexible*
  • Apply anytime

If you have a love of horses and would like to learn how to treat them in an emergency situation, then the Equine First Aid course is for you.

Basic Equine Behaviour short course

  • Various*
  • 3 hours
  • Starts Flexible
  • Apply anytime

Find out what your horse means when he "smiles" and uses other facial expressions.

Introduction to Equine Emergency Rescue short course

  • Dunedin and others*
  • 3 hours
  • Starts Flexible
  • Apply anytime

This course is suitable for veterinary professionals, horse owners and members of the emergency service. Participants in this introductory course will learn some valuable skills to help rescue horses from difficult or dangerous situations.