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Academy Vet Nursing Assistant/Animal Care Programme

Academy Vet Nursing Assistant/Animal Care Programme

Level 2

Discover if a career in the vet nursing, animal care, petboarding or agriculture is right for you, while still in secondary school with UCOL's Academy Vet Nursing Assistant/Animal Care Programme.

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Quick info

Level: 2

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Whanganui, UCOL Wairarapa in Masterton

Duration: 1 day a week
Palmerston North - Tuesday & Friday
Whanganui - Thursday
Masterton - Wednesday

Dates:
First week of Monday 10 Feb - Final week of Term 3

Domestic Fees: *
Fees-freeScholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

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.

Are you interested in animal science and vet nursing? Join UCOL's Academy Vet Nursing Assistant/Animal Care Programme to learn core concepts and get a taste of the industry. You will have the opportunity to work towards NCEA Level 2 whilst exploring the technical skills required to work in the animal care. 

You will learn about:
  • Anatomy and physiology of animals
  • Safe working practices
  • Monitoring animal health
  • Providing husbandry for dogs, rodents and rabbits
How to apply
If you're interested in applying for UCOL's Academy Vet Nursing Assistant/Animal Care Programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school. Once you've talked to everyone required, you can fill out the online application form as follows:

Apply online for Academy

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of UCOL's Academy Vet Nursing Assistant/Animal Care Programme is the first step in a journey. Equipped with new skills and a taste for the industry, you will know what you need to do to pursue a career in animal care and vet nursing. If this is for you, you can undertake further tertiary studies in:

 Course Information

Unit Standard 5180 (Level 3) (Version 6) (6 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of companion animal anatomy, cells, body tissues and systems.

Unit Standard 17593 (Level 2) (Version 4) (4 Credits)
Apply safe work practices in the workplace.

Unit Standard 7337 (Level 3) (Version 7) (4 Credits)
Identify, handle and care for dogs.

Unit Standard 2989 (Level 2) (Version 6) (3 Credits)
Select, read, and assess texts on a topic.

Unit Standard 21379 (Level 2) (Version 2) (2 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of requirements relating to transport of cats and dogs.

Unit Standard 12355 (Level 2) (Version 7) (3 Credits)
describe strategies for managing stress.

Unit Standard 3492 (Level 2) (Version 7) (3 Credits)
Write a short report

Unit Standard 31504 (Level 3) (Version 1) (3 Credits)
Describe and apply the Animal Welfare Act 1999 for animals in an animal facility

 Domestic Entry Requirements

For year 11 - 13 secondary school students (NZ Citizens, permanent residents or students with an applicable visa allowing them to be enrolled in a secondary school).

Applications are to be received from participating schools.

Recommended school subjects include:
  • Maths
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Health
  • English

 

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

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's Academy Vet Nursing Assistant/Animal Care Programme comprises 23 Credits.

This programme is part of a suite of 'Academy' programmes offered by UCOL to secondary students seeking to explore their career options while still in school. Gain practical experience and NCEA Credits.

How to apply
If you're interested in applying for UCOL's Academy Vet Nursing Assistant/Animal Care Programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school. 

Cost
Fees-free when criteria are met. 

Transport
Transport assistance is available if you meet the criteria.

Attendance expectations
Students must maintain appropriate attendance at both secondary school and Academy to remain enrolled in the Academy Programme.

 Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme. Simply, bring a pen, paper and your lunch each week.

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