Otago Polytechnic

To secure your place on the programme, please sign and return your Conditional Offer to ebsVET@op.ac.nz

This page holds all of the information that you need and next steps that you need to take to complete your enrolment. We have also provided you with some additional information which we would suggest you take the time to familarise yourself with before the start of the programme. 


To complete your enrolment, you need to do the following:

1. Three-day Observation Documents 

How to find a three-day observation

Click here to access and review this document before looking for a Veterinary Clinic to complete your three-day observation. 

Three-day observation Confirmation Form

Click here to access and print the Veterinary Clinic Three Day Observation Confirmation Form. Take this to all prospective Veterinary Clinics you visit with a copy of your Criminal Convictions History Report. This form must be signed by the Veterinary Clinic and returned to ebsVET@op.ac.nz to be fully enrolled.


2. Veterinary Clinic Work Placement Documents

Print off and read each of the following Veterinary Clinic Work Placement documents.

Take these to all prospective Veterinary Clinics you visit with a copy of your Criminal Convictions History Report.

Click here for the Letter of Introduction (to introduce you to the Veterinary Clinic as a perspective Otago Polytechnic student seeking a work placement)

Click here for the Key Information (this provides the Veterinary Clinic with more information about the programme and work placement)

Click here for the Farm and Rural/Mixed Veterinary Clinic Observation/Work Placement Confirmation Form (use this form to collect the details of your Work Placement, please see point 5 below to record)

Click here for the Emergency Contact Details Form (fill this in and give to the Veterinary Clinic when you have sourced a work placement)

Click here to enter the details of your Occupational Health and Safety for Students in the Workplace.


3. For your information

Click here to review Tips on finding your Work Placement

Click here to review What to expect on your first day at your work placement


4.  Record your placement information

TIP: This must be completed on a computer as the format is not compatible with your cell phone. 

Click here to enter the details of your Work Placement.


5.  Enrolment supporting information

TIP: These must be completed on a computer as the format is not compatible with your cell phone.

Click here to access and fill in the media consent form.

Click here to access and fill in the Student Privacy Declaration form.

Click here to access and fill in the Student Code of Conduct form

Clice here to access Tetanus vaccination status


Further information

Below is some further information that we would recommend you taking the time to read and familiarise yourself with before the start of the programme. 

1. Learning Advisors

A Learning Advisor is your primary academic support person through your study.  You will be assigned a learning advisor and they will contact you and provide you with all their details prior to the start of your programme. 

In the meantime if you have any questions or wish to talk about anything relating to the programme do not hesitate to contact us on (free phone) 0800 762 786 or email vetnursing@op.ac.nz and your enquiry will be directed a learning advisor. 

2. Block course dates

UPDATE - 5th December 2017:  Due to the number of applications we have received, we are currently reviewing the possibility of offering a North Island venue as an alternative for North Island based students to the Dunedin Block course already published.  The Dunedin Block course at the date provided will definitely be going ahead.  Please contact us for more details.  We will update this area on the website ASAP

Click on here to see where and when your block courses are

3. Copy of Work Placement Contract and Otago Polytechnic Code of Privacy/Confidentiality

Click here

4. Compulsory clothing and equipment

Clothing and equipment must be worn or taken to all farm and veteirnary clinic work placements.

Information regarding our new supplier for you to order and pay for your name badge, polo top, scrub shirt, overalls, digital thermometer and stethoscope will be confirmed here soon.


There are no compulsory text books for this programme. You will be provided with a recommended reading list when the programme starts.  These will all be available from the Robertson Library.

Buy, sell and exchange

We have set up a facebook page to buy and sell polo tops, text books, overalls, scrubs and alike from your time with Otago Polytechninc School of Veterinay Nursing to the next generation see this link https://www.facebook.com/groups/OPSVN2ndhand/

5. Induction sessions

The aim of these two sessions to be run on the first week of the programme is to help you get started, navigate your way around Moodle, and meet the staff and fellow students enrolled in your programme this year. It’s also a chance for you to ask any questions you might have. Please try to make sure you have a headset (or at least a set of headphones, mobile phone ones will do) to be able to get the most out of this session. Attendance at one of these induction sessions is compulsory, so if you have commitments and cannot attend please let me know. I can then make sure you can access a recording of the session. A link to the session will be provided in your welcome email on the programme start.

Once you are fully enrolled you will be given days and times as well as an email reminder the week before course starts. 

6. Check List 

Click on this link so you can tick off and keep a track of what you need to do to complete your enrolment