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 (full-time, part-time, distance) or July (full-time, distance)
  • 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) or 2 years (part-time)
  • Level 5
  • Starts Feb (Full-time distance and on-campus, and part-time distance)
  • Apply now

Are you passionate about the care and welfare of animals? Do you want to prepare for a career as a Veterinary Nurse? This qualification will give you the skills required for a successful career in companion animal healthcare. It will enable you to become a Veterinary Nursing Assistant, the first step to becoming a Veterinary Nurse. In addition, it will also enable you to then enter the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6) where you will gain the skills to become a Registered Nurse.

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

Attain the sought-after skills of a rural veterinary nurse and technician. You will be able to work with veterinarians and clients, undertake technical tasks and manage and monitor rural reproductive and 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 (Full-time distance and on campus, and part-time distance options)
  • Apply now

Gain the advanced skills to make sound, independent decisions about veterinary nursing for animal patients and become adept at supporting their owners. Employment opportunities are diverse and could include working as a veterinary nurse (which may potentially progress to a head veterinary nurse or a practice manager role) or within 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.