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 February and July, 2016
  • 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). If you have previously commenced study in the National Certificate in Animal Care, we are continuing to offer this qualification but all study must be completed by 2017.

National Certificate in Animal Care

  • Online
  • One year part-time
  • Level 2
  • Starts Flexible during 2016
  • Apply now!

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 Care (Level 3) (Companion Animals) which is delivered part-time and online.

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.