This exciting one-year course prepares you to work as a veterinary nursing assistant in a vet clinic.
As a veterinary nursing assistant you'll work in a team environment assisting vets and vet nurses with animal husbandry, caring for hospitalised patients, anaesthesia, surgery assistance and preparation, and diagnostic procedures.
There's loads of practical handling, animal facility and vet clinic work, and you'll learn from qualified, practising vets and vet nurses at our own on-campus animal care facility, and in vet clinics in the community.
Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:
- New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Veterinary Nursing Assistant) (Level 5)
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1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
2020 applications are closed as the course is now full.
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Graduates usually aim to work as veterinary nursing assistants and are quickly snapped up by the vet clinics around the country. There are also plenty of other employment options in the animal industry like animal carers, sales representatives for veterinary products, and workers in retail and attractions business related to animals.
Graduates can also be self-employed, with a growing number of opportunities in animal care services.
- vet clinics
- doggy daycare centres and pet sitters
- pet shops
- boarding kennels and catteries
- animal welfare agencies
- animal control agencies
- animal breeding facilities
- animal parks
- organisations involved in animal research
Topics you'll cover
During this intensive course you'll cover topics such as anatomy and physiology, animal welfare and legislation, animal handling, reception and administration, communication skills, sales, animal health and husbandry, self-management, teamwork and how to assist with routine procedures.
You'll also learn how to monitor animals under anaesthetic and nurse them through recovery, assist vets to conduct radiography, administer pharmaceutical drugs, prepare animals for domestic and international travel, and communicate advice to clients.
- husbandry and welfare of companion animals
- veterinary clinic skills
- anaesthesia and surgical veterinary nursing
- client advice
- animal welfare and management
- hospitalised care for surgical and medical animal patients
- diagnostics and imaging
- practical animal husbandry welfare
- practical clinical skills
With a host of animals here at our on-campus animal care facility, which includes fish, reptiles, sheep, horses, calves, birds, rabbits and rodents, plus kennels and cages for dogs and cats you'll have a regular obligation to care for a wide range of animals.
The course requires a minimum of 240 hours of work placement in animal facilities and veterinary clinics throughout the year while you study.
|Indicative Fees||$6,193 total cost of qualification for domestic students|
|Course related costs||
Compulsory textbook ($350), other texts ($120), black pants and closed-in black flat shoes.
Help with fees
Are you Eligible for Free Fees?
There are two ways you can take advantage of free fees. One is through Toi Ohomai’s range of free courses. These are separate to the government’s ‘fees free’ initiative so you don’t need to check your eligibility in relation to fees – simply apply in the normal way and we’ll take it from there.
The other is through the government’s ‘fees free’ initiative: If you’re starting tertiary study for the first time you might be eligible for a year’s worth of free fees. Find out more in our FAQ about the government’s fees free initiative.
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 need to be 18 years of age at the start of the course in order to be accepted. This age requirement is endorsed by the New Zealand Veterinary Association and is a Health and Safety requirement and regulation for the use of radiology equipment.
You must have completed:
- 60 NCEA credits at Level 2, with a minimum of 12 NCEA English credits at Level 2, 12 credits in Mathematics at Level 1, and 12 credits of relevant Science at Level 1, OR
- equivalent tertiary study.
You should also demonstrate previous experience working with animals, and an aptitude for working with the public. Suitable experience includes:
- three or more days observing in a veterinary clinic or equivalent. Evidence of this can be provided by using the Attestation Form (pdf, 381kb). Please print this off and take it with you on your work experience/observation visit.
- evidence of aptitude for working with the public which should include a reference from:
- an employer where the prospective student has worked with the public (e.g. retail, volunteer, customer service), or
- a teacher attesting to social and communication skills.
You must also provide a Declaration Record of Criminal History when enrolling and read and sign an off-campus student learning contract.
You’ll be invited to an information meeting prior to Toi Ohomai offering you a place. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course content and to make sure you're on the most appropriate course for your career aspirations and current level of experience.
You're encouraged to be aware of your current health and tetanus status.
English language requirements
Level 5 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ 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
2020 applications are closed as the course is now full.
Intakes to be confirmed Ask to be notified when the next intake becomes available
- 1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
- 2020 applications are closed as the course is now full.
Further Study Options
Courses Currently Under Development at Toi Ohomai, or Offered at Other Institutions
- New Zealand Certificate in Rural Animal Technology (Wintec or Otago)
- New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)
- Bachelor of Veterinary Technology (Massey University)
- Bachelor of Veterinary Science