This course is only available for graduates of the NZ Certificate in Animal Technology (Vet Nursing Assistant) level 5 or equivalent Vet Nursing qualification. The new pathway for becoming a Vet Nurse is the two year New Zealand Diploma in Vet Nursing (Companion Animal Veterinary Nursing) Level 6. Potential applicants who have partially completed the NZ Certificate in Animal Technology (Vet Nursing Assistant) level 5 who are not currently studying should discuss their options with the Academic Portfolio Manager Primary Industries.
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. Learners must also have no objection to working with animals, dissection of animal body parts, body fluids and cadavers. UCOL Te Pūkenga 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 learners.
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 learner in consultation with the Programme Leader. Highest priority for local placement are learners 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.
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.
These vary according to the types of accommodation used. Backpackers, Homestays, Learner 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 learner believes all learning outcomes for a course have already been met. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the
UCOL Te Pūkenga Academic Statute and other relavant
policies and procedures.
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 (not via the online application form).
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