Rural animal technician examining horse

Rural Animal Technician

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) with strands in Rural Animal Technician

SX1603

Course details

Summary

This programme is for those seeking a career in a veterinary-related field, with rural animals.

Students will learn the skillset to work with agricultural and farm animals, and horses, under the guidance of our tutors and through 280 hours of work placement in a rural or mixed veterinary clinic. Students will learn everything from tending to sick and injured animals to docking, foot care, pregnancy testing, disease preventions, and how to assist herd owners in achieving breeding and production goals. 

Students will attend lectures three days a week and undertake one day a week of practical work in the first semester. From the second half of the second semester, students will attend lectures two days a week, undertake practicals one day a week, and also have two days a week on work placement. There are blocks of days where there are no lectures so that students can complete work experience in the second semester.

Please note: It is a requirement of this programme that you have a form of transport and/or someone that can transport you around the Waikato/Waipa areas to complete your work placement hours each week. We cannot guarantee you will be able to complete hours within your area of residence.

​View programme modules

Schedule A: Common core modules

 

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
ANML513Advanced Professional Practice
5
15

 
ANML512Rural Animal Disease Management and Prevention
5
15

 
ANML511Advanced Animal Health Procedures5
15

 
ANML510Rural Animal Health and Husbandry5
15

 
ANML509Introduction to Professional Practice5
15

 
ANML508Farming and Pasture Systems 5
15

 
ANML507Animal Health Procedures5
15

 
ANML511Advanced Animal Health Procedures5
15

 
ANML401Animal Anatomy and Physiology4
15

 
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Career/further opportunities

Graduates will be able to assist veterinarians in both large animal and/or mixed animal practices, and in the field; or work independently as a rural animal technician.

Application Process

  • Apply online or download and complete an application to enrol
  • Complete the online self-disclosure form
  • If you’re not sure if you meet the entry criteria complete the online additional information form so we’re able to assess your likelihood of success.
  • If you have them, provide us with certified copies of your prior academic transcripts. Find out more about supporting material for enrolment here.
  • We may also need to verify your identity (your legal name and date of birth) as well as your residency status. If you’re a domestic student we may be able to do this through your National Student Number (NSN); if we can’t, we will need you to provide evidence of this by supplying verified copies of your birth certificate or passport.

Frequently asked questions

What opportunities will I get to work in industry while I study?

Over the year students will complete 280 hours of work placement in a rural or mixed veterinary clinic, practising what we teach under the guidance of a practising industry professional. 

Undergraduate, semester, pathway, module and cross-disciplinary - what do these words mean?

Undergraduate means any study up to the level of completing a bachelor degree. Our academic year is made up of two main semesters, one from February to June and the other from July to November. We also have a summer semester for some classes. A degree is made up of a mix of compulsory and elective modules, modules are worth between 15 and 60 credits. A year’s worth of full time study is 120 credits. 

Entry criteria

General Academic Admission

  • 60 credits at NCEA Level 2, including a minimum of 12 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English and
  • 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in Mathematics; and
  • A 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.

English language requirements

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.

Selection process

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).

As some of the practical components within this programme are considered high risk, students will be required to submit to an initial drug screen, and may be required to submit to further drug screening if there is reasonable cause to suspect a student is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as per Wintec’s Drug & Alcohol Policy (OP-16/04).

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Pathways

Animal Care and Rural Technology pathway diagram

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our Welcome page.

Year 1 Students, starting Semester 1
Date:  11 and 12 February 
Time:  9am - 3pm
Venue: N Block Reception, Rotokauri Campus

All students enrolled in the Animal Technology Programmes will be spending 2 days getting to know each other, the tutors and the Rotokauri Campus, as well as receiving your resources and spending time in the classroom.

All New Students are required to attend both days.


Returning Students, tarting Semester 1
Date:  12 February 
Time:  10am - 3pm
Venue: N Block Reception, Rotokauri Campus

What you will need

Please bring pen and paper with you, other resources will be provided on the day.

We will be contacting you closer to the time with further information.​

For any questions please either email the Administrator on yvonne.ingram@wintec.ac.nz, or phone 0800 2 WINTEC extension 3910.

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking. Find out about discounted bus services here.

Wintec pōwhiri/nau mai, haere mai

Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

Gumboots, Overalls and Embroidery ($150).  These will be arranged during the first week.​

Additional information

Booklist

Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

First aid certificate

Health status

Uniform

Equipment

Clinical placement

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