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Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)

New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)


Course details


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

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

Students will get daily opportunities to care for and handle companion animals in a purpose-built Wintec facility that houses commonly kept companion animals. They will also gain exposure to the on-site vet clinic while studying.

The programme includes 250 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.

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

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
ANML514Medical Veterinary Nursing515  
ANML601Advanced Anaesthesia and Theatre Practice615 ANML607
ANML607Veterinary Pharmacology615 ANML601
ANML515Veterinary Nursing Practicum 1515  
ANML603Advanced Diagnostic Techniques615  
ANML604Advanced Medical Veterinary Nursing615




ANML605Preparation for Practice615ANML515 
ANML606Veterinary Nursing Practicum 2615







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.

Career/further opportunities

Graduates may be employed in a veterinary clinic as a veterinary nurse.


Entry criteria

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

All candidates must meet the general academic admission requirements.  Special Admission and Provisional Entry criteria do not apply for the Veterinary Nursing programme.  

Selection criteria 

a) Candidates may be required to participate in an interview and selection process. 
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 veterinary nursing. 
d) All candidates will be require to make a declaration that 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). 

English language requirements 

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

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Veterinary nursing pathway diagram

Please check the entry criteria for each programme to see which course is the best level for you to begin with. The entry criteria information can be found on each of the programme pages here online. You can also contact us directly to discuss the appropriate level for you at

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.

Students beginning February 2020

Date: Monday 10 February 2020 - 11 February 2020
Time: 10am-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 (Monday 10 February 2020 and Tuesday 11 February 2020) from 10am to 3pm​.

Returning students are required to attend on Tuesday 11 February 2020, from 10am to 3pm.

What you will need

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 or phone 0800 2 WINTEC.

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

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. Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

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

Paying for your study

Course related costs

On the floor @ Dove Subscription, NZ Vet Nursing Association Subscription and dosimeter badge (Approx. $180 total).  These will be arranged with you during this time.

Additional information


A Text book resource will be required, and further information regarding this will be advised.​
Please bring pen and paper with you, other resources will be provided on the day.

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

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Clinical placement

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