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Programme overview

The New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing provides a platform for you to build the hands-on skills and knowledge you need to become a qualified veterinary nurse and help animals maintain the best possible health and quality of life in a clinical environment. It is the ideal next step if you have already completed the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Veterinary Nursing Assistant) or equivalent and want to advance your capabilities to the next level.

Through demonstrations, practical sessions, group work, small group tutorials and real life case studies, you'll learn how to manage patients and clients, and contribute to the treatment and care of animals. There are plenty of opportunities to put theory into practice at external veterinary clinics across New Zealand and at Unitec’s on-campus veterinary facilities including our veterinary simulation clinic, Vet Care Unitec (our fully functioning vet clinic), or the on-site specialist veterinary hospital, Veterinary Specialist Group.

You will graduate as a qualified veterinary nurse who is able to work effectively and efficiently in a clinical setting, and you’lll be eligible for registration with the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association.

Highlights

  • Build advanced technical skills through a significant amount of clinical practice at Unitec's on-campus veterinary facilites and at external clinics across New Zealand
  • Develop a thorough understanding of: what's considered best practice in a clinical environment and the ethical and welfare implications of veterinary care
  • Learn from experienced lecturers who are knowledgeable in veterinary medicine/science, animal health and welfare, microbiology, genetics and animal behaviour
  • Benefit from a blended learning approach that includes practical sessions, group work, online/small group tutorials, and one-on-one supervision
  • The opportunity to apply for a practical placement at the New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine at Auckland Zoo (placements limited)

Notes

  • Email lharvey@unitec.ac.nz for more information on how to apply for the distance learning programme.

What next?

Once you’ve completed this programme, you could continue your studies with the Bachelor of Applied Science (Animal Management and Welfare) which allows for the cross crediting of multiple papers.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. Successfully completed the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Veterinary Nursing Assistant) or equivalent
2. Complete a self-declaration of criminal convictions and medical conditions form
3. Sign a consent form allowing a Ministry of Justice convictions database search by Unitec Institute of Technology
4. Complete a medical declaration which provides evidence of your ability to practice safely as a veterinary nurse
5. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing)
6. If English is your second language, you are required to have one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • Graduates of Unitec’s Certificate in Animal Management (Animal Clinical Care) who have two or more years of practise as a veterinary nursing assistant.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

CoursesCreditsAim
Veterinary Medical & Surgical Care Practicum (Sem A) (NSCI6101-SA) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to employ advanced veterinary nursing skills required to support the medical and surgical team within a veterinary clinic and a specialist veterinary hospital.
Veterinary Medical and Surgical Care Practicum (Sem B) (NSCI6101-SB) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to employ advanced veterinary nursing skills required to support the medical and surgical team within a veterinary clinic and a specialist veterinary hospital.
Animal Disease & Pharmacology (NSCI6102) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to understand disease processes as well as the prevention, identification and treatment of diseases.
Animal Disease and Pharmacology (Sem A) (NSCI6102-SA) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS)To enable students to understand disease processes as well as the prevention, identification and treatment of diseases.
Animal Disease and Pharmacology (Sem B) (NSCI6102-SB) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS)To enable students to understand disease processes as well as the prevention, identification and treatment of diseases.
Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (NSCI6103) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to develop an understanding of the theoretical and practical application and the use of diagnostic tools within a veterinary clinic setting.
Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (Sem A) (NSCI6103-SA) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS)To enable students to develop an understanding of the theoretical and practical application and the use of diagnostic tools within a veterinary clinic setting.
Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (Sem B) (NSCI6103-SB) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS)To enable students to develop an understanding of the theoretical and practical application and the use of diagnostic tools within a veterinary clinic setting.
Veterinary Medical and Surgical Care (Sem A) (NSCI6104-SA) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to manage and apply the principles and practices of veterinary nursing care in a range of clinical situations.
Veterinary Medical and Surgical Care (Sem B) (NSCI6104-SB) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to manage and apply the principles and practices of veterinary nursing care in a range of clinical situations.
Veterinary Anaesthesia (NSCI6300) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to apply the principles and practices of anaesthetic and analgesic procedures in the role of the veterinary nurse.
Veterinary Anaesthesia (Sem A) (NSCI6300-SA) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS)To enable students to apply the principles and practices of anaesthetic and analgesic procedures in the role of the veterinary nurse.
Veterinary Anaesthesia (Sem B) (NSCI6300-SB) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS)To enable students to apply the principles and practices of anaesthetic and analgesic procedures in the role of the veterinary nurse.
Veterinary Laboratory Procedures (NSCI6504) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable the student to integrate microbiology knowledge with laboratory procedures to detect and identify pathogens and parasites that cause diseases relevant to the New Zealand Veterinary Industry.
Veterinary Laboratory Procedures (Sem A) (NSCI6504-SA) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS)To enable the student to integrate microbiology knowledge with laboratory procedures to detect and identify pathogens and parasites that cause diseases relevant to the New Zealand Veterinary Industry.
Veterinary Laboratory Procedures (Sem B) (NSCI6504-SB) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS)To enable the student to integrate microbiology knowledge with laboratory procedures to detect and identify pathogens and parasites that cause diseases relevant to the New Zealand Veterinary Industry.

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Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.



Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements: Successful completion of the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Veterinary Nursing Assistant) or equivalent plus a medical declaration and consent to a Ministry of Justice convictions database search required and English language requirements. .

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.

Duration

1 Year

Tuition Fees

Annual

Total Qualification

Student fees:  N/AN/A
Government tuition subsidy: N/AN/A
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Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings$37,439
Earnings range$30,381 - $42,512
In employment73%
In further study23%
On a benefit1%

Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.