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 familiarise yourself with before the start of the programme. 


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

1Three Day Observation 

a) Complete the Basic Health and Safety Course

Prior to undertaking three day observation veterinary clinics have specifically requested that any applicants from Otago Polytechnic seeking three days observation in a Veterinary Clinic as part of this programme must have some basic awareness of the health and safety requirements and potential hazards they may be exposed to. This course was specifically developed to provide you with this awareness. You must take this Confirmation of Participation (COP) to all prospective veterinary clinics you visit, so they are aware you have been given some basic information about the work environment, as well as potential hazards. 

This free course will take approximately 20 minutes. Once you have completed it you can print off the Confirmation of Participation (COP) to take to all Veterinary Clinics you approach.

To access and complete the course, you need to:

1. Create a Moodle account and sign in. Click here for instructions on how to do this.

2. Access and complete the course Health and Safety Pre-Observation for Guests in a Veterinary Clinic.

3. Print your Confirmation of Participation (COP).

b) 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 in.

Your three days in clinic give you a good opportunity to make some contacts in the industry, however a clinic will not confirm ongoing placement at this point.  Below we will explain the process you must follow to secure your clinical placement if you are a student who is studying in Dunedin.

c) 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 and Basic Health and Safety Course COP. 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

As a student studying from Dunedin, we require you to work alongside us to secure your clinical placement. Please click here to compete a work placement questionnaire which will tell us a little more about you which will help us put you in touch with a clinic that might suit your needs.

You must complete this form and return this to vetnursing@op.ac.nz as soon as possible, then wait for further contact from your learning advisor before contacting the veterinary clincs regarding your placement.

Once contact has been made with your learning advisor they will help you to gain your placement in a veterinary clinic.


 3.  Enrolment Supporting Information:

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

Click 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.  Your learning advisor is Holly Kendrick and she will contact you and provide you with all her 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 to a learning advisor.


2. Hours on campus

As a Blended on campus student you will have structured classes on Monday and Tuesday from 9.00am – 3.00pm.

Outside of this you will complete your own learning online via moodle (student learning system) and also attend clinical placements. You should expect to dedicate approximately 40 hours a week to all aspects of your study.

For the first few weeks you can expect to cover plenty of induction information that will help you in your journey as a student! We will ensure you can navigate the polytechnic campus and the services that are available to you. We will prepare you for the basics of assessment writing, referencing and the way the programme is structured. Most importantly you will spend lots of time getting to know your class mates!

We have a fun environment and forming a good bond early on will make your year more enjoyable and successful.

I look forward to seeing you in February!


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 animal-related facility work placements, including Veterinary Clinics.

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


5. Textbook

Click here to order your textbooks.

Compulsory textbook is: BSAVA Textbook of Veterinary Nursing 5th Ed  (Author: Cooper, B. et al, ISBN: 9781905319268)

Recommended textbbook is: Dictionary of Veterinary Nursing 4th Ed  (Author: Lane, D.R. et al, ISBN: 9780702066351)


6. 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/


7. 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