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Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)

New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)*

* Please note that students will need to complete the one year New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5)​ Veterinary Nursing Assistant strand to gain entry.


  • Semester 1 starts February 2018
  • Fees: $6,978* (Per year)
  • One year full-time
  • Wintec Rotokauri Campus, Hamilton ​​

This programme is open to candidates who have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) Veterinary Nursing Assistant strand and who wish to become a veterinary nurse.

Students will develop advanced skills in the care, management, handling and nursing of a range of companion animals in a clinical environment, as well as the ability to manage patients and clients, and follow protocols in all aspects of clinical veterinary practice.

The programme includes a further 240 hours of work experience (in addition to the hours on the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) and will prepare graduates for employment.

Study Topics
  • Medical Veterinary Nursing
  • Advanced Anaesthesia and Theatre Practice
  • Veterinary Pharmacology
  • Veterinary Nursing Practicum 1
  • Advanced Diagnostic Techniques
  • Advanced Medical Veterinary Nursing
  • Preparation for Practice
  • Veterinary Nursing Practicum 2


Module Code Module Name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
ANML507Medical Veterinary Nursing515
ANML601Advanced Anaesthesia and Theatre Practice615ANML602
ANML602Veterinary Pharmacology615
ANML508Veterinary Nursing Practicum 1515
ANML603Advanced Diagnostic Techniques615
ANML604Advanced Medical Veterinary Nursing615ANML507ANML602ANML508
ANML605Preparation for Practice615ANML508
ANML606Veterinary Nursing Practicum 2615ANML507ANML508ANML601​ANML602

Entry Requirements:

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) Veterinary Nursing Assistant strand; or Equivalent.

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an academic Interna​tional English Language Test Score (IELTS) of 6.0, with no individual band score lower than 6; or equivalent.

Selection Criteria

Candidates may be required to participate in an interview and selection process.

Prior to commencing the programme all candidates will be required to undertake a Police check at a level sufficient for safe and effective practice within the field of veterinary nursing.

To meet legal and health requirements, candidates must be physically able to carry out the practical components of the programme, including the ability to perform practical demonstrations and assessments. All candidates will be required to make a declaration they are physically able to safely handle and restrain domestic animals and that they have no known health condition that could preclude their close proximity to the common range of animals.

Candidates with disabilities are eligible to enrol in this programme and will be provided with the necessary resources to attain the learning outcomes where practicable, but at the time of enrolment must notify the Equity/Disability Co‐ordinator of their needs.

Career/Further Opportunities

Graduates of this qualification may be employed in a veterinary clinic as a veterinary nurse.

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