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

Close Date: 30 October
International Close Date: Please enquire

Gain the skills and knowledge needed to be an effective part of the veterinary team, assisting veterinarians and veterinary nurses in clinical practice.

This programme focuses on the experience and knowledge needed to work in the exciting and rewarding animal health sector. You'll participate in small group tutorials, full class discussions and workshops.

You'll also undertake work placements at animal facilities and veterinary clinics, giving you a variety of hands-on experience. Your tutors will help you make the most of the opportunities available while assisting you to develop your communication skills.

Please note: As places are limited on this programme we strongly recommend applying as soon as you know you wish to study with us.

Fees for 2020

Domestic costs
$6,240 - $6,900 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320
International costs
$20,570 per year
International Levy
$523.50
Valid To
December 31, 2020

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$6,700 - $7,500 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320
International costs
$21,190 per year
International Levy
$523.50
Valid To
December 31, 2021

NCEA Level 2 (60 credits) including: 12 English credits at Level 2 and 12 Maths credits at Level 1 and 12 relevant Science credits at Level 1

OR New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) Ara Animal Management/Veterinary Nursing Pathway

OR New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care Level 3

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

In addition you need to provide a recent curriculum vitae demonstrating previous experience of working with animals and with contact details for two referees.

  • Provide a referee report demonstrating an aptitude for working with the public - a reference from an employer where the student has worked with the public (e.g. retail) or a reference from a teacher attesting to social skills.
  • Provide a document outlining why you wish to pursue veterinary nursing as a career and answers the following questions:
  • one demonstrating an aptitude for working with the public - a reference from an employer where the student has worked with the public (e.g. retail) or a reference from a teacher attesting to social skills
  • Be physically and mentally able to undertake manual work and handle companion animals including dissection of animal body parts, or dealing with body fluids and cadavers.
  • 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 5.5 Academic

  • 5.0 Listening
  • 5.0 Reading
  • 5.0 Writing
  • 5.0 Speaking

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

As a graduate of this programme you will have the skills to competently manage the day-to-day care of animals in a variety of situations such as kennels and catteries, rescue centres and pet sitting facilities. Depending on your interests, you could also find employment as an animal welfare worker, pet sitter, pet shop assistant, pet supplies sales representative or in the animal education industry.

Study pathways

Upon completing this programme, graduates are able to apply for the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. Graduates may also be able to receive credits from the Rural Animal Technician strand of the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology.

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  • Physiology
  • Chemistry
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  • Mathematics

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

FULL-TIME - 1 Year

Gain the skills and knowledge needed to be an effective part of the veterinary team, assisting veterinarians and veterinary nurses in clinical practice.

Information
Type Certificate
Code NZ2490
Application close date 30 October
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date Please enquire
Credits 120
Level 5
Additional Equipment/Fees $500
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2490-STRU

Fees for 2020

Domestic costs
$6,240 - $6,900 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320
International costs
$20,570 per year
International Levy
$523.50
Valid To
December 31, 2020

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$6,700 - $7,500 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320
International costs
$21,190 per year
International Levy
$523.50
Valid To
December 31, 2021
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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.

  • Provide a referee report demonstrating an aptitude for working with the public - a reference from an employer where the student has worked with the public (e.g. retail) or a reference from a teacher attesting to social skills.
  • Provide a document outlining why you wish to pursue veterinary nursing as a career and answers the following questions:
  • one demonstrating an aptitude for working with the public - a reference from an employer where the student has worked with the public (e.g. retail) or a reference from a teacher attesting to social skills
  • Be physically and mentally able to undertake manual work and handle companion animals including dissection of animal body parts, or dealing with body fluids and cadavers.
  • 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 work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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