Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Level 3) (Companion Animals)

  • Online with 40 hours of compulsory work placement (min.)
  • 6 months full-time; 1 year part-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts Feb (distance full-time or part-time) or July (distance full-time)
  • Apply now

Want to have an exciting career working with animals but not sure where to start? Start here! This programme is your first step if you want to enter an animal-related profession and you will learn about the health, welfare, anatomy and physiology of companion animals such as cats and dogs. Successful completion of this qualification will enable you to enter the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant).

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

  • Dunedin or by distance with block courses
  • 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts Feb (Distance or on-campus full-time and distance part-time) or July (Distance full-time)
  • Apply now

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 Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Rural Animal Technician)

  • Distance with block courses in Dunedin or Wairarapa and work experience
  • 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

Do you enjoy working with rural and farm animals? Graduates will gain the sought-after skills of a Rural Veterinary Nurse and Technician during this programme and can be listed as a Rural Animal Technician (LRAT). It will enable you to work with Veterinarians and clients to provide rural animal healthcare, monitor rural reproductive care, and assist with the implementation of preventative health programmes.

New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)

  • Dunedin or online with compulsory contact courses and 240 hours of work experience
  • 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
  • Level 6
  • Starts Feb (Distance and on-campus full-time and distance part-time) or July (Distance full-time)
  • Apply now

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).

*There are multiple options for programme duration, location, delivery and start times. Please view the full information sheet or contact us for more details.