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Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)


  • Semester 1 starts 13 February 2017
  • One Year, full-time (late applications may be considered)
  • Fee Guideline: $6,796.00 (International students: Please click here for fee guidelines)
  • Rotokauri Campus, Hamilton

This Diploma programme includes animal husbandry and management as well as companion animal studies to provide you with the skills required for employment in veterinary practices.

The Diploma in Veterinary Nursing is a programme designed to build on the knowledge and skills gained in the Certificate of Veteriniary Nursing Level 5 and to allow students to progress to more responsible veterinary nursing positions.

Programme Content

The Diploma has recently been re­developed from a two-year part-time programme to a one year full-time programme which incorporates weekly face-to-face class time and work experience. Students will develop advanced skills and knowledge required for the care, management, handling and the nursing of a range of companion and production animals. 

Timetable Guideline
Much of the Diploma coursework is online. Students attend face to face classes at Wintec on Tuesdays (usually afternoons) and Wednesdays (usually mornings). Students need to complete a minimum of 120 hours work placement through a designated veterinary clinic in Hamilton or one arranged by 
the student.

The programme includes the following compulsory content:

  • Intensive Care and Hospitalisation
  • Office Management
  • Advanced Surgical Nursing
  • Advanced Animal Behavior
  • Preventative Health and Dentistry
  • Work Placement

Students are also required to complete two of the following optional modules:

  • Large Animal Technical Assistant
  • Advanced Diagnostic Techniques
  • Advanced Breeding

Career Opportunities

The Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6) allows students to develop the more advanced and specialist skills and knowledge that will allow them to gain more responsible positions as a Veterinary Nurse or in any occupation where the care and welfare of animals is the primary objective.

This may include employment in senior animal care positions in welfare agencies such as Animal Care and Control, SPCA, pet shops, kennels and catteries. There are also opportunities to work as an industry representative such as in the pharmaceutical industriy, in pet nutrition, or in veterinary equipment and instrumentation. Graduates may also specialise in areas such as ​surgical nursing, large animal technical assistant, MPI and zoo keeping.

Entry Criteria

Preference will be given to candidates who have have gained the Certificate in Veterinary Nursing Level 5 with a B- (60%) average or higher, or a qualification deemed equivalent by the Centre Director or designated nominee.

Candidates may be required to attend an interview and take part in a selection process which may include a Study Skills Assessment.

To meet legal and health requirements must be physically able to carry out the practical components of the programme.

Special admission may be granted to candidates aged 20 years or over who do not meet the specified entry requirements. These candidates may be required to demonstrate an ability to successfully complete the programme through a process of an interview and / or assessment.

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0, with no individual band lower than 5.5; or equivalent.

Additional Information

This course has flexible delivery methods to meet the needs of students in employment.

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