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I literally do all sorts! No day is ever the same!

Wendy Jarnet
Certificate in Rural Animal Technology

28-year old Wendy Jarnet, originally from Thames, has always had an interest in animals.

She initially studied the National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing at Otago Polytechnic but through her work experience working in a companion animal vet clinic she became keen to learn about rural animals too. This prompted her to return to Otago Polytechnic and study the Certificate in Rural Animal Technology (Level 5).

“Having previously studied at Otago Polytechnic I knew that I liked the way the programmes are delivered. Plus being able to study via distance was a big incentive as it allowed me to continue to work and support my family while still gaining a nationally recognised qualification.”

Wendy cites the work placements as being the best bit of her study experience. “I got to work with horses, cows, sheep, goats, donkeys, ostriches, alpaca, llama, chickens and deer! I had to work my butt off, but it was so worthwhile and has opened up so many doors career-wise.”

Indeed it has opened doors for Wendy. She has since written journal articles, completed the National Diploma in Veterinary Nursing through Otago Polytechnic, been nominated by her workplace for New Zealand Vet Nurse of the Year Award 2014, and is currently working towards a Veterinary Technician Specialist Certification in Emergency and Critical Care through the United States. She is also upskilling to become a lecturer in her field. All of this is a huge undertaking but Wendy is more than up for the challenge.

“If I can do it, anyone can,” says Wendy.

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The diploma is such a great opportunity to further your nursing skills for the workplace. My workplace made a number of changes to their procedures as a result of my programme work.

Julia Mosley

24 year old Julia Mosley was already working for a small vet clinic when she decided to undertake Otago Polytechnic’s National Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 5).

“Working full-time in Wellington I couldn’t attend a full-time classroom course so Otago Polytechnic’s programme via distance suited my schedule best.”

Julia describes how the programme made her a better veterinary nurse and gave her confidence carrying out tasks such as placing intravenous fluid catheters, taking blood samples and performing dental scaling and polishing.

Since starting the Diploma, Julia has been able to move into a more surgical nursing role which focuses primarily on nursing hospitalised animals, surgical preparation and providing post-operative care.

“I really enjoyed my experience at Otago Polytechnic. The block courses were great. They were a great opportunity to get to know my fellow classmates and learn and practice hands-on skills.

“The tutors were also amazing. They are very passionate about the industry, supportive and encouraging. I never felt isolated as communication long-distance was no trouble at all and tutors responded to my emails promptly.”

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.”