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Rural Animal Technician (Level 5)

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


Course details

Please note, places on this programme are limited.


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 under the guidance of our tutors and through 240 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 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.

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Schedule of modules


Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
ANML401Animal Anatomy and Physiology

ANML507Animal Health Procedures



ANML508Farming and Pasture Systems5



ANML509Introduction to Professional Practice5



ANML510Rural Animal Health and Husbandry 5
ANML511Advanced Animal Health Procedures5
ANML512Rural Animal Disease Management and Prevention515 ANML510
ANML513Advanced Professional Practice515ANML509 

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

  1. Apply online or download and complete an Application to Enrol Form
  2. Complete the online Self-Disclosure Form. If you have applied in hard copy, you will also need to complete a Self-Disclosure Form, if you have applied online this form is included as part of the online application process.
  3. If applying in hard copy, and if you are unsure that you meet the entry criteria, complete the online Additional Information Form. This will enable us to assess your application further.
  4. If you have them, provide us with certified copies of your prior academic transcripts. Find out more about supporting material for enrolment here.
  5. We may also need to verify your identity (your legal name and date of birth) as well as your residency status. If you are a domestic student we may be able to do this through your National Student Number (NSN); if we can not, we will need you to provide evidence of this by supplying verified copies of your birth certificate or passport.

Once you have submitted your application

  • We will email you to confirm we received it and let you know if there is anything more we need from you.
  • We will assess your application and let you know the outcome.
  • If you are accepted to study we will send you an enrolment offer letter - you will need to accept this to confirm your place on the programme. Click here to find out more about enrolment and accepting your offer.

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

You can apply for this programme if you meet one of the below options.

Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)​

  • 60 credits at NCEA Level 2; including 12 literacy credits at NCEA level 2; and 12 numeracy credits at NCEA level 1; and 12 credits in a science subject at NCEA level 1;
  • Or a recognised equivalent.

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

  • Completed a relevant course at New Zealand qualification level 3; ​
  • Or a recognised equivalent. ​

Based on Discretionary Entrance

If you don’t meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary entrance. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications is decided by the relevant manager. If your application is approved, your acceptance into further programmes relies on you demonstrating success in this programme.

Selection criteria

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

i. Where applicable, the completion of a study skills assessment to demonstrate the level of academic skill necessary to successfully complete the programme;
ii. previous experience working with animals. Suitable experience may include three or more days observing in a veterinary clinic or equivalent;
iii. 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
iv. personal qualities such as responsibility, teamwork and practical orientation.

b) 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.

c) 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 animal care.

d) All candidates will be required to make a declaration they are physically able to safely handle and restrain rural animals and that they have no known health condition that could preclude their close proximity to the common range of rural animals (e.g. cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, deer, horses).

English language requirements

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 score lower than 5.5; or equivalent.

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Animal Care and Rural Technology pathway diagram

To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

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.

New students beginning February 2022

Date: Monday 14 February 2022
Time: 10am-3pm
Venue: N Block Reception, Rotokauri Campus

As an enrolled student in our animal technology programme, you will spend your first day getting to know each other, the tutors, and the Rotokauri Campus, as well as receiving your resources, and spending time in the classroom.

Resources will be provided on the day, including module outlines, timetables, and information packs.

If you have any questions or need help, please email our administrator or phone 0800 2 WINTEC.

What you will need

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

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

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

A set of gumboots and overalls are included in the course fees. Replacement or additional overalls or gumboots are at the student's cost.

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

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

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

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