New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)*

If you want to be a Veterinary Nurse, this new pathway is the one for you. We currently offer this two-year programme with a Companion Animal focus and 750 hours of work placement. This programme is only for those learners who do not already hold the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant) or the National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing.

About the programme 

If you want to be a Veterinary Nurse, this new pathway is the one for you. We currently offer a Companion Animal focus.

This new programme replaces the one-year New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant) and the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6). If you already hold the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant), you’ll need to complete our one-year diploma.

During this programme, you’ll complete 750 hours of work placement.

You’ll graduate with the technical knowledge and skills you need to perform this role and will have a high level of responsibility, allowing you to operate in a wide range of dynamic settings.

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

Career options are a Companion Animal Veterinary Nurse or Animal Research Technician. To widen your career options, you could study the third year of the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing at the end of this programme.