Otago Polytechnic

Backing the right horse

When marketing management studies failed to fulfil her, Emily Daly decided to turn her passion for animals into a career.

Emily Daly

Study

I love nursing intensive complicated cases and I find satisfaction in helping animals recover.
American-born Emily Daly turned a love of horses into a dream career in Veterinary Nursing.

Originally from Andover, a suburb just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, Emily arrived in New Zealand after completing high school. She spent a couple of years studying Marketing Management but partway through her degree realised that this was not where her passion lay.

“I’ve always been a firm believer that you must love what you do for a job. I have always had a passion for animals and once I began my study and went out on placement I knew I had found the right career path.

“I originally chose Otago Polytechnic because my sister has lived in Dunedin for over 10 years. I was really excited to be close to her but – also - I had heard great things about studying here.”

Emily is currently partway through her Veterinary Nursing Diploma and is really enjoying it: “The tutors are exceptional and the block courses are incredibly beneficial.”

“One of the benefits of the programme is that I can do it alongside working full-time. I currently work as a veterinary nurse at VetSouth Ltd in Gore. I also live on a sheep and beef farm, and on weekends I enjoy riding my horse and helping my partner with stock work.

“Over the last few years I have really grown and developed as a vet nurse thanks to this programme and my work. I believe I have a great future ahead with a fun and satisfying career path that allows me to increase my responsibilities and skillset.”

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant)

Are you passionate about the care and welfare of animals? Graduates of this qualification will be able to work as a Veterinary Nursing Assistant alongside Veterinarians and Veterinary Nurses in a clinical environment. It will also enable you to become a listed Veterinary Nursing Assistant (LVNA). This programme will prepare you for entry into the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6) where you will gain the skills to become a fully-qualified Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN).

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).

Student

Emily Daly

Study

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant)

Are you passionate about the care and welfare of animals? Graduates of this qualification will be able to work as a Veterinary Nursing Assistant alongside Veterinarians and Veterinary Nurses in a clinical environment. It will also enable you to become a listed Veterinary Nursing Assistant (LVNA). This programme will prepare you for entry into the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6) where you will gain the skills to become a fully-qualified Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN).

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).