New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Companion Animal Veterinary Nursing)

New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Companion Animal Veterinary Nursing)

Become a fully qualified veterinary nurse. Develop and learn a range of nursing skills including clinical, surgical, hospital and diagnostic skills, both in the classroom as well as on work placement in veterinary clinics.

This programme is for new students.

Programme outline

This new, two-year, 240 credit programme is replacing the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant) programme. 

If you've already completed our New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nurisng Assistant), please apply for the one-year Diploma instead of this programme. 

During this programme you'll complete 750 hours of work placement. 

You'll graduate with the technical knowledge and skills you need to perform this role and will have a high level of responsibility, allowing you to operate in a wide range of dynamic settings in the companion animal. On completion you'll be able to apply for registration on the New Zealand Register of Veterinary Nurses.

What you will learn

  • Surgical and dentistry nursing
  • Diagnostic skills, including collecting and testing diagnostic samples and medical imaging
  • Gain knowledge in hospital nursing
  • Perform clinical skills

Please note: Entry requirements have not yet been confirmed so this is just a guide. 

42 credits at NCEA level 2 with some minimum requirements in literacy, numeracy and science.

This programme is pending NZQA approval.

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