Rural Animal Veterinary Technology

If you want to be a Rural Animal Veterinary Technician, this is the programme for you. We don’t have full details and entry requirements for programme(s) within this study area yet as they’re currently being developed but we've tried to give you guidance below around what we do know.

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

This new, two-year programme is replacing our one-year New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Rural Animal Technician). 

It’s been designed to make the training pathway clearer and more industry-relevant, and recognises the level of skill and knowledge required to become a Rural Animal Veterinary Technician. 

This programme focuses on farmed commercial species.

Amongst other things, you’ll learn about animal 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; rural technical and surgical nursing skills. 

You’ll also complete 750 hours of work placement. 

You’ll graduate with the technical knowledge/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 Allied Veterinary Professionals. 

To widen your career options, you could undertake higher-level study at the end of this programme. Plans are underway to develop a third year to allow graduates of this programme to complete one further year of study to obtain a bachelor's degree – watch this space! 


Online with some face-to-face teaching


2 years (full-time); 4 years (part-time) 

Entry requirements

– NCEA Level 2 with some minimum requirements in literacy, numeracy and science.

Please note: Entry requirements have not been confirmed so this is just a guide.

NZQA approved and recognised 

Whilst the Te Pūkenga review is ongoing, this programme has reached a stage where it is fully-recognised by NZQA and the last few details are just being ironed out. You can find this qualification on the NZQA website here.

Keen to apply for 2023?

We can't open online applications at the moment but you can register your interest for this programme. This means we'll be able to let you know when we have more information or online applications do open.

Contact us

If you want to chat about the best option for you, please email us using the button below or call us on 0800 762 786. Our experienced and dedicated staff are here to find the right pathway for you to achieve what you want to.