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New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)

Close Date: 30 October. Late applications may be considered.
International Close Date: Please enquire

Become skilled in a rapidly changing profession and enjoy a rewarding career working with animals and their owners.

Developed in consultation with industry, this progamme has been designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed for an advanced and rapidly changing profession.

You’ll acquire detailed, up-to-date theoretical knowledge of companion animal healthcare and learn how to make independent nursing decisions to deliver quality care to animal patients. Areas covered include advanced medical and surgical nursing, in-house diagnostics, anaesthetic monitoring, surgical assistance, triage, dental hygiene, professional communication skills and the development of nursing services.

You’ll learn through a mix of small group tutorials, full class discussions and clinical workshops. Work-based learning is a significant component of the programme. You’ll be required to source your own work placements in a high-quality veterinary practice that’s willing to support your studies. We recommend you aim to work in at least two clinics in order to broaden your skills, and to exceed the minimum 300-hour requirement to ensure the best application of new knowledge. Your work placement provide may pay you for the hours you work.

As part of the programme, you’ll be given full training to minimise all related risks. Examples of risks associated with this programme include: lifting, animal bites and scratches, zoonotic diseases, computers, radiation from x-rays, anaesthetic gases, chemicals and drugs, UV radiation, sharp instruments, electricity, fire and gas cylinders. We recommend that you maintain a current up-to-date tetanus injection to handle any animals as part of this programme.

Please note: Our Animal Science programmes are being reviewed. Check this page for details.

Fees for 2022

Domestic Fee
$7,221 - $8,034 per year
International Fee
$21,672 per year
International Insurance
$553 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$324 per year
Valid To
January 01, 2022

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology Level 5 with Veterinary Nursing Assistant Strand or equivalent

In addition you need to:

Provide a recent curriculum vitae demonstrating previous experience of working with animals and with contact details for two referees.

  • source your own work placements, in one or more veterinary practices. Best outcomes are anticipated if you can rely on the support of the clinic throughout the programme.
  • be able to carry out physical activities within the veterinary clinic to fulfil the requirements of the programme.
  • Consent to Disclosure of Information. Changes to government legislation may require police vetting for registration as a veterinary nurse after qualification.
  • you will be required to attend an interview if you meet academic entry.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 6.0 Academic

  • 5.5 Listening
  • 5.5 Reading
  • 5.5 Writing
  • 5.5 Speaking

All applicants must meet academic entry criteria. They are then ranked and places allocated from scores based on their application and interview

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

This diploma will give you the skills and knowledge required for a successful career as a professional veterinary nurse. It aligns with international standards for veterinary nursing; successful completion will enable you to meet the educational standards for entrance to the NZVNA/Allied Veterinary Professional Regulatory Council's voluntary register where you’ll be able to use the title of Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN). As an RVN you’ll be able to practice independently in all areas of a veterinary clinic where direct veterinary supervision is not required.

There is always strong demand for qualified people to work within the veterinary and animal-related industries and, with this professional qualification, your expertise will be sought after. Employment opportunities are diverse and could include working as a veterinary nurse, veterinary nursing supervisor, veterinary practice management, industry representative for a veterinary wholesale company, in education (with additional training).

Study pathways

In the future you could pursue a specialisation such as anaesthesia, critical care and dentistry by meeting the criteria set out by specialist boards.

Recommended school subjects

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Science
  • English
  • Mathematics

New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)

FULL-TIME - 1 Year

Become skilled in a rapidly changing profession and enjoy a rewarding career working with animals and their owners.

Information
Type Diploma
Code NZ2491
Application close date 30 October. Late applications may be considered.
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date Please enquire
Credits 120
Level 6
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2491-STRU

Fees for 2022

Domestic Fee
$7,221 - $8,034 per year
International Fee
$21,672 per year
International Insurance
$553 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$324 per year
Valid To
January 01, 2022
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Additional Entry Requirements

In addition you need to:

Provide a recent curriculum vitae demonstrating previous experience of working with animals and with contact details for two referees.

  • source your own work placements, in one or more veterinary practices. Best outcomes are anticipated if you can rely on the support of the clinic throughout the programme.
  • be able to carry out physical activities within the veterinary clinic to fulfil the requirements of the programme.
  • Consent to Disclosure of Information. Changes to government legislation may require police vetting for registration as a veterinary nurse after qualification.
  • you will be required to attend an interview if you meet academic entry.

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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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