Certificate in Avian Wildlife Healthcare (Veterinary Nurses) (Level 6)

This course is ideal if you are a qualified Veterinary Nurse who is increasingly being presented with injured or sick avian wildlife during your daily practice. Offered in collaboration with the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital, this programme is the only one of its kind in New Zealand and offers a unique and specialised professional development opportunity. You will gain a sound knowledge of avian wildlife healthcare, with a focus on patient support and management.

About the programme

Are you a qualified Veterinary Nurse who is increasingly being presented with injured or sick avian wildlife during your daily practice? 

This course, offered in collaboration with the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital, is the only one of its kind in New Zealand aimed at Veterinary Nurses and offers a unique and specialised professional development opportunity.

Learning mainly online, you’ll be able to gain skills and knowledge in avian wildlife healthcare, with a focus on patient support and management. Content will include avian anatomy and physiology; trauma procedures and supportive care; imaging; and contextual aspects of law and ethics.

A five-day practical placement at the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital, one of New Zealand’s only specialist avian healthcare provider, will enable you to get some fantastic hands-on practice.

Graduates will have the skills, knowledge and capabilities to:

  • Ensure optimal standards of welfare and outcomes for avian wildlife patients
  • Manage nursing care for avian wildlife patients with medical diseases
  • Perform, or assist veterinarians with diagnostics and diagnostic imaging for avian wildlife patients
  • Assist veterinarians in the management of avian wildlife anaesthesia.

Courses

Course Name Description

Course 1

Level 6

8 credits

Avian Wildlife: Health Introduction and Triage for Veterinary Nurses

Gain the background knowledge you need to provide initial supportive care to avian wildlife.

> Apply legal and ethical frameworks to avian wildlife health care.

> Apply knowledge of anatomical and physiological features, nutritional ecology and husbandry in a range of avian wildlife species to nursing avian wildlife.

> Plan supportive veterinary nursing care for the avian wildlife patients.

Course 2

Level 6

4 credits

Avian Wildlife: Anaesthesia

Learn how to safely and effectively support the veterinarian in the management of safe anaesthesia in avian wildlife patients.

> Discuss the role of the veterinary nurse in the safe anaesthesia of avian wildlife patients.

Course 3

Level 6

8 credits

Avian Wildlife: Wildlife Hospital Practicum for Veterinary Nurses

Demonstrate and reflect on the common clinical procedures and diagnostic imaging required to be carried out in hospitalised avian wildlife patients.

> Carry out common clinical procedures undertaken by veterinary nurses to support hospitalised avian wildlife patients.

> Assist the veterinarian with performing and radiographic procedures for diagnosis in a clinical environment for avian wildlife patients.

> Reflect on the development of your own veterinary nursing clinical skills in the avian wildlife context.

Course 4

Level 6

8 credits

Avian Wildlife: Diagnostic Imaging

Learn how to support the veterinarian in the use of diagnostic imaging in avian wildlife patients.

> Discuss a range of diagnostic imaging methods for avian wildlife.

> Discuss the role of the veterinary nurse in diagnostic imaging of avian wildlife species.

Course 5

Level 6

8 credits

Avian Wildlife: Diseases

Learn to effectively nurse avian wildlife diseases.

> Create avian wildlife veterinary nursing care plans for patients with specific diseases.

Practical placement

A five-day practical placement will be held sometime during November to February to coincide with the busy season. This will give you a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills.

Please note: This session will be coordinated by you and your tutor as only one to two students can be accommodated at one time. This will ensure the best experience for each student.

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.