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Veterinary Nursing & Animal Health


Have a dream career caring for animals as a veterinary nurse or working with livestock in the farming industry.

2020 PROGRAMMES


 

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 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).

 


Farming

Level 3 High country farming

  • Central Otago
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February, April and July
  • Apply until start date

Farming careers are fun and rewarding and there is strong demand nationally for passionate people who want to work with livestock in the farming industry. This Central Otago-based qualification is the only farming training programme in New Zealand with a high country flavour. Graduates of this programme will receive both the New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Farming Systems) (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Vehicles, Machinery and Infrastructure) (Level 3).