Otago Polytechnic

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

This page holds all of the information that you need and next steps that you need to take prior to the start of the programme. 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.

Prior to the start of the programme, you need to do the following:

Documentation for Work Experience

During this programme you will need to undertake a minimum of 40 hours work experience in an animal facility.  You will be supplied with documentation around this at the start of your programme however in the mean time you will need to apply for a Criminal Convictions History (via the Ministry of Justice), to provide to work experience providers. We recommend you do this as soon as possible as it can take several weeks for this to come through.  In addition you will need to email a copy to vetnursing@op.ac.nz

Work Experience Information

Click here for information on work experience at an animal facility.

Compulsory Clothing

Branded clothing must be worn to all animal facility work placements.

We have a new supplier, Challenge Marketing, the link to their website will be available here soon so you can order and pay for your name badge and polo top.  In the mean time here are the links to the uniforms and order form.


Order your compulsory textbook.

Compulsory textbook is: Animal Biology and Care (Author: Dallas, Sue ISBN: 9781118276068)

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.

Introduction for Work Experience

Print off this Introduction for Work Experience document and take to your work place supervisor.


Live sessions 

We will be running regular live sessions weekly throughout your programme.  These sessions cover the weekly topic you are studying and is a chance to discuss any questions and the upcoming assessment. They are a valuable link between your learning, contact with your class and learning advisors.  These will run weekly at agreed times and are recorded for further review.

In the first week of your programme you will be expected to attend a live session.   The aim of the session 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.  The induction session is compulsory, so if you have commitments and cannot attend please let your learning advisor know. 

Please note the date and time here for your intake and make plans to attend.  A link to the live session will be emailed to you prior to the programme start date.

FT Distance Semester 2 – 2nd July, 1.00 - 2.30 pm


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

Your Learning Advisors can be contacted on (free phone) 0800 762 786 or by email (see below). 

Deborah Murphy - Deborah.Murphy@op.ac.nz

Barbara Dunn - Barbara.Dunn@op.ac.nz


2. Copy of Otago Polytechnic Code of Privacy/Confidentiality

Click here


3. Student Support Services (Student Success Team, Learning Advice, Career Services, Maori/Kaitautoko, Pasifika, Disability, Counselling, Chaplain, International, Justice of the Peace, IT Support)

Click here