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The diploma is such a great opportunity to further your nursing skills for the workplace. My workplace made a number of changes to their procedures as a result of my programme work.

Julia Mosley

24 year old Julia Mosley was already working for a small vet clinic when she decided to undertake Otago Polytechnic’s National Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 5).

“Working full-time in Wellington I couldn’t attend a full-time classroom course so Otago Polytechnic’s programme via distance suited my schedule best.”

Julia describes how the programme made her a better veterinary nurse and gave her confidence carrying out tasks such as placing intravenous fluid catheters, taking blood samples and performing dental scaling and polishing.

Since starting the Diploma, Julia has been able to move into a more surgical nursing role which focuses primarily on nursing hospitalised animals, surgical preparation and providing post-operative care.

“I really enjoyed my experience at Otago Polytechnic. The block courses were great. They were a great opportunity to get to know my fellow classmates and learn and practice hands-on skills.

“The tutors were also amazing. They are very passionate about the industry, supportive and encouraging. I never felt isolated as communication long-distance was no trouble at all and tutors responded to my emails promptly.”

This programme has been replaced by the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant) >