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New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing

New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing

Level 6

Prepare for a career as a veterinary nursing professional in UCOL’s New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.

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Quick info

Level: 6

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Dates:
17 Feb 2020 - 27 Nov 2020
20 Jul 2020 - 25 Jun 2021

Domestic Fees: *
$6,504.00Scholarship info

International Fees:*
$21,500.00

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Being a veterinary nurse is a hands-on, satisfying role. You’ll care for all kinds of companion animals, work as a team with other professionals and solve problems.

UCOL’s New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing will provide you with the technical skills, knowledge and attributes needed to help animals attain, maintain or recover optimal health and quality of life. 

 Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates of this qualification will have technical veterinary nursing skills for a clinic environment and the ability to manage patients and clients and follow protocols in all aspects of clinical veterinary practice.

 Course Information

Anaesthesia and Surgery (30 Credits) (75 work placement hours)
Learn how to ntensively monitor patients undergoing general anaesthesia and surgery, and to intervene appropriately. Also learn how to provide dental health care to animals.

Diagnostics A (15 Credits) (30 work placement hours)
Learn to set up, manage, run, and interpret in-house hematology, biochemistry, bacteriology, and basic cytology.

Diagnostics B (15 Credits) (35 work placement hours)
Learn how to set up, manage, run, and interpret in-house diagnostic testing, including:

  • Bacteriology
  • Mycology
  • Virology
  • Cytology
  • Parasitology
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Radiography
  • Ultrasonography
  • Blood gas analysis
  • Capnography

Medical Nursing (30 Credits) (75 work placement hours)
Learn to nurse all patients at Best Practice level, and to communicate at a professional level with colleagues. The course covers:

  • Fluid balance and physiology
  • Fluid therapy and monitoring, including interventions
  • Medical records
  • Pharmacology
  • Recovery nutrition
  • Assisted/supported feeding techniques
  • Recumbent patient care
  • Disseminated Intravascular Coagulopathy
  • Catheter care 
  • Wound care 
  • Bandaging 
  • Physical therapy 
  • Analgesia
  • Patient assessment
  • Pathophysiology of common diseases

Management of Veterinary Nursing Services A (15 Credits) (30 work placement hours)
Learn to provide medical veterinary nursing and manage veterinary nursing services. The course covers:

  • Interpersonal relations
  • Weight management
  • Behaviour
  • Complementary medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Management of patients with chronic disease

Management of Veterinary Nursing Services B (15 Credits) (35 work placement hours)
Learn how to provide medical veterinary nursing and manage veterinary nursing services. The course covers:

  • Triage
  • Interpersonal relations 
  • Weight management 
  • Animal Behaviour 
  • Preventative health
  • Reproduction and parturition
  • Complementary medicine
  • Animal Welfare
  • Animal Density
  • Management of patients with chronic disease

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Industry Connections

  • Local vet clinics
  • Veterinary Nursing Educational Standards Committee (VNESC)

 Learning Facilities

  • An animal housing facility with appropriate cages and housing for daytime housing of all animals used and onsite overnight housing facilities for some companion animals.
  • Practical handling room and mock surgery.
  • Appropriate husbandry equipment such as dog bath, feeding, grooming equipment and restraint devices.
  • A handling facility with an examination/practical room either on or offsite.
  • Access to cats, dogs, rabbits, companion animals and birds
  • Access to the science labs including
  • Microscopes and basic microbiological laboratory equipment.
  • Incubators and water baths.
  • Histology and parasitology specimens, slides and equipment.
  • Diagnostic testing equipment.
  • Anaesthetic and surgical equipment.
  • Access to the Xray labs including working Xray machines, safety equipment, grids, film, radiographic phantoms and viewing equipment

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Applicants must have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Vet Nursing Assistant) or equivalent.

All applicants are required to:
  • Declare any previous criminal convictions prior to admission being confirmed. Convictions of any offence may not necessarily exclude applicants from enrolment; the decision is at the discretion of the Academic Leader; and
  • Authorise UCOL to obtain a background check from the New Zealand Police Licensing and Vetting Agency; and
  • Complete a health declaration form including tetanus status.

 

For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS Academic (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. ). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (ie combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing comprises 120 credits.

To optimise chances of student success, 100% attendance is required for all practical classes and work placements.  It is also strongly recommended for all theory classes. 

Practical requirements: students must be able to carry out physical activities within the Animal Room and work placement to fulfil the requirements of the programme. Students must also have no objection to working with animals, dissection of animal body parts, body fluids and cadavers. UCOL reserves the right to decline entry to the programme should an applicant’s physical ability or squeamishness prevent them carrying out practical activities required to fulfil the requirements of the programme. These practical requirements will be discussed and confirmed by staff when contacting students.

Clinical placements
All learners are required to complete work placements of at least 280 hours in a veterinary clinic setting.  It is likely the placement will be out of the Manawatū region. Out-of-region placements are sourced by the student in consultation with the Programme Leader. Highest priority for local placement are students who are single parents of children under the age of 5. Not having a car, drivers licence or having work commitments or animals to care for is not sufficient to be considered priority for local placement. This means that you are very likely to be required to undertake your clinical placement outside the wider Manawatu region therefore you will have additional costs relating to your travel and accommodation.
 
Travel 
Transport costs will vary according to the mode of transport and may include public transport, private car usage, and carpooling. An example of an approximate cost of petrol in a 1600cc car over 180 kilometres over five days could cost up to $80.00 or more. 
 
Accommodation fees 
These vary according to the types of accommodation used. Backpackers, Homestays, Student Hostels can be in the range of $50.00 - $120.00 per night. 

Recognition of Prior Learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.


Previous related programmes

The New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing supersedes and takes the best from the following programme of study, which is no longer offered:
  • Diploma in Veterinary Nursing

 Additional Costs

Please note that there are additional costs associated with the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing of approximately $95.00:

  • Watch for taking heart rates
  • Small scissors
  • Stethoscope
You may also require:
  • Protective overalls 
  • Plain, dark coloured, long-sleeve top
  • Gumboots
  • Navy or black trousers
  • Calculator
Text books
  • BSAVA: Textbook of Veterinary Nursing (5th edition) by Lane, D.R., Cooper, B.C., and Turner L. (2011)
  • Dictionary of Veterinary Nursing (4th edition) by Lane, D.R. and Guthrie, S. (2007)
  • BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Anaesthesia and Analgesia, 3rd Edition (2016), edited by Tanya Duke-Novakovski, Marieke de Vries and Chris Seymour

You may have these textbooks already from your studies in the Level 5 programme. Older editions are acceptable.

 Accreditation

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.

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