Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)
New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)
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|
|ANML514||Medical Veterinary Nursing||5||15|
|ANML601||Advanced Anaesthesia and Theatre Practice||6||15||ANML607|
|ANML515||Veterinary Nursing Practicum 1||5||15|
|ANML603||Advanced Diagnostic Techniques||6||15|
|ANML604||Advanced Medical Veterinary Nursing||6||15|
|ANML605||Preparation for Practice||6||15||ANML515|
|ANML606||Veterinary Nursing Practicum 2||6||15|
- 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.
Graduates may be employed in a veterinary clinic as a veterinary nurse.
a) New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) Veterinary Nursing Assistant strand; or
All candidates must meet the general academic admission requirements. Special Admission and Provisional Entry criteria do not apply for the Veterinary Nursing programme.
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.
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
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.
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.
How to find your way around
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.
Paying for your study
Course related costs
Please bring pen and paper with you, other resources will be provided on the day.
If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:
- Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)
New Zealand-based suppliers
General book suppliers
First aid certificate
Prospectus (course guide)
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Request an email or posted copy of the Prospectus.
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