Diploma in Veterinary Nursing

Programme summary  Career opportunities  Courses & timetables  Admission requirements

6, 240 2.0
On-site full-time for two years, or part-time for three years
Distance learning full-time for two years (including four compulsory block courses in Auckland of up to six days each and work experience in a registered veterinary clinic)
Starts February
2014 start dates On site Sem 1: 24/2/2014 - 27/6/2014
Sem 2: 21/7/2014 - 21/11/2014
Block course Sem 1: 13/2/2014 - 27/6/2014
Sem 2: 21/7/2014 - 21/11/2014
80 places for the on-site first year, 20 places for the distance first year
by 1 October
Mt Albert campus

NZ$5544 (Approximate fee only, find out more about the costs of study)

International fees

Programme summary

Gain a sound knowledge of specialist veterinary nursing. Put theory into practice through the Veterinary Specialist Group and the best practice approved Unitec Veterinary Hospital.

Veterinary nursing is a growing profession. The introduction of increasingly sophisticated courses for veterinary nurses has raised their level of education, leading to greater responsibilities in the workplace. To develop the skills to work as a responsible and knowledgeable member of a veterinary team, this is the programme to choose. You'll gain knowledge of advanced veterinary and intensive care nursing, and develop practical skills and an understanding of their ethical and welfare implications. Find out how to educate clients on animal health issues, learn about preventative health clinics, and explore how to manage and promote a veterinary clinic.


  • A significant amount of clinical practice at:
    • The Unitec Veterinary Hospital
    • The Veterinary Specialist Group at Unitec's Mt Albert campus
    • An external veterinary clinic of your choice
    • The New Zealand Conservation Medicine Centre at Auckland Zoo (places limited)
    • The award-winning Unitec Simulated Veterinary Clinic.
  • Enables you to become a full member of the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association.
  • Lecturers who are experts in veterinary science, animal health and welfare, microbiology, genetics and animal behaviour, and who continue to work closely with industry.
  • Cross-credits towards the Bachelor of Applied Science (Animal Management and Welfare).

Before you apply

To make sure you're familiar with the profession, you need to spend at least two days in a veterinary clinic of your choice before you apply for this programme. Please provide a letter from the veterinary practice confirming your attendance at their clinic with your application.


Last edited: 09 December 2013