New Zealand Diploma in Rural Animal Veterinary Technology (Level 6)

This programme is designed to provide a clear, industry-relevant pathway for those wishing to start a career as a Rural Animal Veterinary Technician. As a graduate you will work directly and indirectly with veterinarians in rural practice to meet the healthcare needs of our primary production animals.

About the programme

This new two-year programme is designed to make the Rural Animal Technician training pathway clearer and more industry-relevant. It recognises the level of skill and knowledge required to become a Rural Animal Veterinary Technician.

As a graduate you will work directly and indirectly with veterinarians in rural practice to meet the healthcare needs of our primary production animals in a wide range of dynamic settings.

You’ll also be able to apply for registration on the New Zealand Register of Allied Veterinary Professionals.

Please note: this programme replaces our one-year New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Rural Animal Technician).

How you'll learn

This programme is delivered through what we call a ‘flexible facilitated’ format, which is a combination of online and in-person teaching, combined with a work placement.

You will study online and attend compulsory block courses, one each semester, in a location near you, with venues in either the South Island or the North Island.

This flexible approach means you will enjoy a varied course of learning and be supported by our staff both remotely and in person.

What you’ll study

This programme focuses on caring for farmed commercial animal species.

Among other things, you’ll learn about

  • Functional anatomy and physiology
  • Animal behaviour
  • Veterinary microbiology and infection control
  • Pharmacology
  • Animal husbandry
  • First aid and emergency processes
  • Animal nutrition
  • Veterinary diagnostic procedures
  • Wound physiology and bandaging
  • Surgical nursing skills.

You’ll also complete 750 hours of work placement.