Otago Polytechnic

Creatures great and small

Wendy Jarnet is already turning heads in the vet nursing world, and is now pursuing an interest in working with rural animals.

Wendy Jarnet

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I literally do all sorts, no day is ever the same!
28-year old Wendy Jarnet, originally from Thames, has always had an interest in animals.

She initially studied a Veterinary Nursing Certificate at Otago Polytechnic but through her work experience working in a companion animal vet clinic she became keen to learn about rural animals too. This prompted her to return to Otago Polytechnic and study the Rural Animal Certificate at Level 5.

“Having previously studied at Otago Polytechnic I knew that I liked the way the programmes are delivered. Plus being able to study via distance was a big incentive as it allowed me to continue to work and support my family while still gaining a nationally recognised qualification.”

Wendy cites the work placements as being the best bit of her study experience. “I got to work with horses, cows, sheep, goats, donkeys, ostriches, alpaca, llama, chickens and deer! I had to work my butt off, but it was so worthwhile and has opened up so many doors career-wise.”

Indeed it has opened doors for Wendy.

She has since written journal articles, completed her Veterinary Nursing Diploma through Otago Polytechnic, been nominated by her workplace for New Zealand Vet Nurse of the Year Award 2014, and is currently working towards a Veterinary Technician Specialist Certification in Emergency and Critical Care through the United States. She is also upskilling to become a lecturer in her field.

All of this is a huge undertaking but Wendy is more than up for the challenge.

“If I can do it, anyone can,” says Wendy.

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Rural Animal Technician)

Do you enjoy working with rural and farm animals? Graduates will gain the sought-after skills of a Rural Veterinary Nurse and Technician during this programme and can be listed as a Rural Animal Technician (LRAT). It will enable you to work with Veterinarians and clients to provide rural animal healthcare, monitor rural reproductive care, and assist with the implementation of preventative health programmes.

New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)

Do you want to be a professional Veterinary Nurse? This programme will enable you to become a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse and to enter the New Zealand Register of Veterinary Nurses. Employment opportunities are diverse and, as well as working as a Veterinary Nurse, could include working within veterinary practice management, veterinary wholesale product sales, animal control, wildlife management, animal breeding, conservation or education (with additional training).

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Wendy Jarnet

Study

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Rural Animal Technician)

Do you enjoy working with rural and farm animals? Graduates will gain the sought-after skills of a Rural Veterinary Nurse and Technician during this programme and can be listed as a Rural Animal Technician (LRAT). It will enable you to work with Veterinarians and clients to provide rural animal healthcare, monitor rural reproductive care, and assist with the implementation of preventative health programmes.

New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)

Do you want to be a professional Veterinary Nurse? This programme will enable you to become a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse and to enter the New Zealand Register of Veterinary Nurses. Employment opportunities are diverse and, as well as working as a Veterinary Nurse, could include working within veterinary practice management, veterinary wholesale product sales, animal control, wildlife management, animal breeding, conservation or education (with additional training).