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New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)

Close Date: 30 October
International Close Date: Please enquire

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

The New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6) has been developed with input from industry. It is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed in an advanced and rapidly changing profession. The programme covers advanced medical and surgical nursing including suturing, in-house diagnostics, cytology, anaesthetic monitoring, surgical assistance, triage, dental hygiene, professional communication skills and the development of nursing services.

The New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6) is an advanced study programme for students who have already completed the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Veterinary Nursing Assistant) (Level 5) or equivalent.

You'll learn through a mix of small group tutorials, full class discussions and clinical workshops.

Work placement forms a large part of the programme. You'll be required to source your own work placement in at least one high quality veterinary practice and to seek their support of your studies throughout the programme.

Please note: For part-time students, please advise us if you have a preference on which course you would like to complete first.

As places are limited on this programme we strongly recommend applying as soon as you know you wish to study with us. Part-time up to 2 years.

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$7,100 - $7,900 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320 per year
International costs
$21,310 per year
International Levy
$523.50 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2021

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

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 qualification will enable you to practice independently in all areas of a veterinary clinic where direct veterinary supervision is not required. Once you've graduated you'll be eligible for registration with the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association (a theory exam may be required). Your qualification can be utilised overseas but it may not directly transfer to overseas qualifications.

Study pathways

Specialisation in anaesthesia, critical care, dentistry and other areas can be pursued by meeting the criteria set out by specialist boards.

Recommended school subjects

  • Biology
  • Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • English writing
  • 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
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date Please enquire
Credits 120
Level 6
Available Part time Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2491-STRU

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$7,100 - $7,900 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320 per year
International costs
$21,310 per year
International Levy
$523.50 per year
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.

  • 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 work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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