The animal care industry is experiencing growing demand, with an increasing need for more veterinary nurses to work in vet clinics and animal care centres.
Veterinary nurses help assess, treat and care for a wide range of animals, working alongside veterinarians to ensure the best health and welfare outcomes for all breeds.
On completion of the course, you’ll be able to provide surgical and medical veterinary nursing and manage veterinary nursing services. You'll also know how to perform diagnostic sampling and medical imaging.
This course is delivered in partnership with Otago Polytechnic. You’ll complete a majority of the qualification online. Eight days of block courses will need to be completed on campus in Tauranga. Enrol today to secure your place.
Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:
- New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)
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1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
One year full-time distance study, with three block courses or two years part-time distance study, with one to two block courses each year.
Block courses to be held in Tauranga at our Windermere Campus.
Part-time study available
Offered online or partly online
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- Registered Veterinary Nurse
- Veterinary Nursing Supervisor
- Veterinary Practice Manager
- Veterinary Laboratory Technician
- Veterinary Related Account Manager
Topics you'll cover
- Veterinary Nursing Professional Practice
- Nursing Process, Disease Pathology, and Life Support
- Fluid Therapy, Nutrition, Wound Care and Bandaging
- Clinical Skills 1
- Surgery, Anaesthesia, and Pharmacology
- Imaging, Diagnostics and Dentistry
- Clinical Skills 2
- Veterinary Nursing Services
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Take advantage of our early bird fees for your 2021 study. Enrol by 31 December 2020 and you’ll pay the 2020 tuition fees. Conditions apply.*
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There are several ways to take advantage of free study at Toi Ohomai. Find out how on our Fees Free FAQ page.
Student Loans and Allowances
This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.
- A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
- A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you’re studying. You don't have to pay the money back.
Find out more and apply at studylink.govt.nz
Scholarships are one way you might be able to get some financial help. Any scholarships specifically related to this course are shown below, otherwise check out the full list of scholarships promoted by Toi Ohomai.
Course Entry Information
- You must have the pre-requisite qualification New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant) OR equivalent.
- Evidence of a companion veterinary clinic who will support the practical components of the course.
- Criminal Convictions History (via the Ministry of Justice), which is 6 months old or less, before the start date of your course (even if your report is clean we are required to sight this, your enrolment will be contingent on this report). If you have studied with us in the previous year, supplied a criminal convictions report and are returning to the School of Veterinary Nursing, you will only need to make a declaration stating your history hasn’t changed since the previous report.
- If you don’t hold the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) or equivalent but do have significant clinical veterinary experience, knowledge and skills, you may be eligible to have this experience assessed and applied towards the entry criteria for this course. Click here for more information about this option.
- International students will be individually assessed to ensure you meet the entry requirements. If English is not your first language, you must provide:
- New Zealand University Entrance OR
- Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with no individual band score lower than 5.5 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR
- Acceptable alternative evidence of the required IELTS (see here for NZQA proficiency table and here for list of recognised proficiency tests).
*Once your application has been received, if successful, you will be sent an unconditional offer into the course. In this unconditional offer, there will be a link provided to enable you to complete your enrolment. This will include forms where you can provide details of your veterinary clinic work placement where you will complete the required hours of work experience for this course.
For Levels 5, 6 and 7 certificate or diploma, domestic students under 20 and all international students must have:
NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Māori or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2 and a minimum of 42 credits at level 3; OR
Evidence of ability to complete academic requirements for the programme.
- Current basic First Aid Certificate (highly recommended).
English language requirements
IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.
Course Locations and Intake Information
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- 1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
- One year full-time distance study, with three block courses or two years part-time distance study, with one to two block courses each year.
Block courses to be held in Tauranga at our Windermere Campus.
- Part-time study available
- Offered online or partly online
Further Study Options
Courses Currently Under Development at Toi Ohomai, or Offered at Other Institutions
- Third year of the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (Otago Polytecnic in collaboration with the Eastern Institute of Technology)