Veterinary Nursing

If you want to be a Veterinary Nurse, 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 Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)

There are two focuses to choose from – Companion Animal or Equine. We will be offering the Companion Animal focus and may also offer Equine.

This new two year, 240 credit programme is replacing both our:

– one year, 120 credit New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant), and

– one year, 120 credit New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6). 

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 in the companion animal or equine veterinary sector. 

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

When you successfully finish this programme, you could study the third year of the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing to widen your career options. 


On campus or online with some face-to-face teaching


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

Entry requirements

- 42 credits at NCEA Level 2 with some minimum requirements in literacy, numeracy and science.

Please note: Entry requirements have not yet 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.