You must have the following:
> A Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Level 7) or equivalent.
> Registration with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand.
If English is not your first language, you must provide:
> New Zealand University Entrance OR
> Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with no individual band score lower than 5.5 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR
If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.
If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification.
If the number of applicants exceeds the available places, a waitlist will be used to ensure preference is given to applicants in order of application.
You’ll do four foundational, compulsory courses. You’ll then choose three electives from a choice of six.
Compulsory courses (25 credits)
Avian Wildlife: Health Introduction for Veterinarians
Provide species appropriate husbandry under the appropriate legal and ethical frameworks to avian wildlife.
> Interpret legal and ethical frameworks in relation to avian wildlife healthcare.
> Apply knowledge of anatomical and physiological features of avian wildlife species to veterinary clinical practice.
> Evaluate nutritional ecology in a range of avian wildlife species to determine nutritional requirements for hospitalised avian wildlife.
> Evaluate husbandry requirements in a range of avian wildlife species to determine husbandry requirements for hospitalised avian wildlife.
Avian Wildlife: Triage, Care and Preliminary Diagnostics
Determine initial diagnostic and supportive care requirements for avian wildlife.
> Evaluate status of avian wildlife to determine the initial diagnostic and supportive care requirements.
Avian Wildlife: Anaesthesia
Learn how to safely and effectively anaesthetise avian wildlife patients.
> Create a plan to safely anaesthetise and effectively monitor avian wildlife patients.
Avian Wildlife: Wildlife Hospital Practicum for Veterinarians
Demonstrate and reflect on the common clinical procedures required to be carried out in hospitalised avian wildlife patients.
> Perform common clinical procedures undertaken by veterinarians for hospitalised avian wildlife patients.
> Critically reflect on development of clinical skills in the avian wildlife context.
Elective courses (15 credits)
Avian Wildlife: Diagnostic Imaging
Learn to use diagnostic imaging effectively in avian wildlife patients.
> Evaluate the application of a range of diagnostic imaging methods for avian wildlife species.
Avian Wildlife: Diseases
Effectively manage avian wildlife diseases.
> Create a plan for the diagnosis, treatment and management of a range of avian wildlife diseases.
Avian Wildlife: Clinical Pathology and Post-Mortem
Evaluate diagnostic results in avian wildlife patients.
> Evaluate haematological, biochemical and cytological responses to physiological and pathological conditions for avian wildlife patients.
> Evaluate post-mortem procedures for avian wildlife species.
Avian Wildlife: Soft Tissue Surgery
Gain the theoretical knowledge needed to perform soft tissue surgery for avian wildlife.
> Evaluate common soft tissue surgical procedures for avian wildlife patients.
Avian Wildlife: Orthopaedic Surgery
Gain the theoretical knowledge needed to perform orthopaedic surgery for avian wildlife.
> Evaluate knowledge of common orthopaedic surgical procedures for avian wildlife patients.
Avian Wildlife: Surgery Practicum
Develop your skills in performing avian wildlife surgery.
> Perform radiographic and endoscopic procedures for diagnosis in a clinical environment for avian wildlife patients.
> Perform common surgical procedures on avian wildlife patients.
A five-day practical placement will be held sometime during September to April to coincide with the busy season. This will give you a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills.
A surgical practicum in Dunedin will be arranged once class numbers are ascertained for the surgical elective.
Please note: This session will be coordinated by you and your tutor as only one to two students can be accommodated at one time. This will ensure the best experience for each student.
All of your study is highly-structured, guided and self-directed and you will need to have good time management skills. You should typically aim for around 12.5 hours of study per week. You’ll be required to engage with the online resources and activities, and complete assessments and the practical placement.
> Photocopy and printing costs for personal work and assessments.
> Travel, accommodation (if required) and food costs associated with attendance at animal facility work placements.
Student loans and allowances
Please note that students studying this programme are not eligible for student loans and allowances.
While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.