Otago Polytechnic

 Information for new students


 New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology - Rural Animal Technology 

 New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology - Veterinary Nursing Assistant

        - Full-time Distance February intake

        - Part-time Distance February intake

 New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing



 There are compulsory textbooks for each programme. See below for details:

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

 Title: BSAVA Textbook of Veterinary Nursing 6th Edition
 Author: Cooper, B. et al,

 ISBN: 9781910443392

 Title: Dictionary of Veterinary Nursing 4th Edition

 ISBN: 9780702066351



 It is assumed you already have the texbooks required for New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology, Veterinary Nursing Assistant as this is the pre-requisite programme.  If you do not, then we recommend you order these. 

Highly Recommended: This book is highly recommended for your study.  It includes details of clinical tasks that you will be carrying out in a veterinary clinic so it is a handy reference for you to have alongside you when you are in clinic - Clinical procedures in Veterinary Nursing by Victoria Aspinal (3rd or 4th edition).

 New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Companion animals) Level 3:

 Title: Animal Biology & Care, 3rd Edition

 Author: Dallas, S and Jewell, E

 ISBN: 9781118276068

Textbooks can be ordered on-line from the University Book Shop.  Books must be paid for at time of ordering.

We also recommend that you have access to a Veterinary Dictionary.  Many of the words used in the veterinary profession will be new to you and it is important to become familiar with these words and phrases. The School of Veterinary Nursing has a growing collection of e-books which are available to download free from the Robertson library- see below for more details.