Otago Polytechnic
Emily Daly
I love nursing intensive complicated cases and I find satisfaction in helping animals recover.

Emily Daly

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 in 2010 after completing high school. She spent a couple 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 National Diploma in Veterinary Nursing 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.”

This programme has been replaced by the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant) 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