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

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

Study to become a veterinary nurse assistant and learn and practice a range of clinical skills in both classroom and workplace settings. After completing this programme, you'll be able to apply for registration with the New Zealand Veterinary Association as a Veterinary Nursing Assistant or you can continue onto the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6) programme (run in conjunction with Otago Polytechnic).

Flexible study options

This programme is delivered by blended learning i.e. face to face and online learning. This means some of your lessons may be delivered via Moodle (our online learning platform), which will require you to have a computer and internet access at home. Students will also need to be able to study from home should Covid-19 Alert Levels change.

More detail about this qualification

Career options

Graduates of this qualification may be employed as a Veterinary Nurse Assistant working with companion animals in an animal-related facility and be able to:

  • Maintain animal health and husbandry of animals in a veterinary clinic
  • Care for hospitalised patients.
  • Assist in surgery preparation and anaesthesia
  • Assist with routine diagnostic procedures.

Entry requirements

Course-related costs

Medical equipment: $120
Textbooks: $200
Uniform/shoes: $250
Stationary/calculator: $100
Placement travel costs: $250

How to apply

Before you start your online application, you will need to have the following documentation available to upload when requested:

  • Completed Supplementary Application for Health and Social Services Programmes
  • Referee report*
  • Verified ID
  • Verified official transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae*

*Give the referee report to a person who is willing to be your referee. Ask them to complete the form and either return to yourself (so you can upload with your application), or scan and email to enrolments@weltec.ac.nz within 10 days.

Alternatively, completed applications can be printed off and dropped into:

Enrolments, Whitireia New Zealand, 3 Wi Neera Drive, Porirua

Or

Enrolments, WelTec, 21 Kensington Avenue, Petone, Lower Hutt

Related study options

Students are able to continue their studies with Otago Poly's New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6) programme. This programme gives students the opportunity to study from the WelTec (Petone) campus should they choose to.

Offering institute

This qualification is offered by WelTec.

From 2023, WelTec and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. All programmes offered by WelTec and other subsidiaries of Te Pūkenga are under review, to ensure they are portable, consistent and aligned with the needs of industry. The programme you have enrolled in may change over time.

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