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Rural Animal Technician

Leading to the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5): Rural Animal Technology strand


SX1603

  • Fee Guideline: $6,796
  • 1 Year fulltime
  • Wintec Rotokauri Campus, Hamilton

*Note: This programme is not available in semester one, but may be offered in semester two

The Rural Animal Technician programme is aimed at candidates with previous animal handling experience who wish to work in a veterinary‐related field or in a veterinary clinic with rural animals.

It will provide students with the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to work as a rural animal technician assisting veterinarians in a rural veterinary practice.

​VIEW THE MODULES OF STUDY​ HERE​

Schedule of Modules

Schedule A: Common Core Modules

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-RequisitesAssessment Standard
ANML513Advanced Professional Practice
5
15

N/A
ANML512Rural Animal Disease Management and Prevention
5
15

N/A
ANML511Advanced Animal Health Procedures5
15

N/A
ANML510Rural Animal Health and Husbandry5
15

N/A
ANML509Introduction to Professional Practice5
15

N/A
ANML508Farming and Pasture Systems 5
15

N/A
ANML507Animal Health Procedures5
15

N/A
ANML511Advanced Animal Health Procedures5
15

N/A
ANML401Animal Anatomy and Physiology4
15

N/A
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Entry Requirements:

60 credits at NCEA Level 2, including a minimum of 12 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English and 12 credits at NCEA Level 2 in Mathematics; and

AA minimum of 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in science; or​

Equivalent

Special Admission: Domestic candidates aged 20 years and over who do not meet the entry requirements but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for special admission at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee. Such candidates may be required to complete a Study Skills Assessment to demonstrate the level of academic skill necessary to successfully complete the programme.

Provisional entry: Domestic candidates aged under 20 years who do not meet the entry requirements but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee.  Such candidates will be interviewed and may be required to complete a Study Skills Assessment to demonstrate the level of academic skill necessary to successfully complete the programme.

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

Candidates may be required to participate in an interview and selection process. The following will be considered in the selection process:

  • the completion of a Study Skills Assessment to demonstrate the level of academic skill necessary to successfully complete the programme;
  • previous experience working with animals. Suitable experience may include three or more days observing in a veterinary clinic or equivalent;
  • an aptitude for working with the public demonstrated through a reference from an employer where the candidate has worked with the public, or from a teacher attesting to social skills;
  • personal qualities such as responsibility, teamwork and practical orientation.

To meet legal and health requirements, candidates must be physically able to carry out the practical components of the programmes, including the ability to perform practical demonstrations and assessments.  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.

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.

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 (e.g. cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and birds).

Career/further opportunities:

Graduates of the Rural Animal Technician strand of the qualification will be able to assist a veterinarian in large animal or mixed practice and in the field or work independently as a rural animal technician.

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