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This programme is for those with previous animal handling experience who wish to work in a veterinary-related field or in a veterinary clinic. Students will develop skills in the care, management, handling, and nursing of a range of companion animals. This programme is the first year of a two-year veterinary nursing programme.
Students will gain 240 hours of work experience made up of rotations through Wintec's teaching surgery, in veterinary clinics, and in animal health related businesses and charities.
Students will get daily opportunities to care and handle companion animals in Wintec's purpose-built facility that houses commonly kept companion animals. They will also gain exposure to the on-site vet clinic while studying.
Successful completion of this programme is required to advance to the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6) to become a veterinary nurse.
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.
Please note: There are limited spaces available in this programme.
|Module code||Module title||Level||Credits||Pre-requisites||Co-requisites||Assessment standard|
|ANML401||Animal Anatomy and Physiology||4||15|
ANML501||Introduction to Animal Behaviour and Handling||5||15|||
ANML502||Introduction to Professional Practice||5||15|||
ANML503||Applied Animal Behaviour and Handling||5||15||ANML501||ANML504|
ANML504||Introduction to Patient Management||5||15||ANML401,ANML402 &
ANML505||Introduction to Anaesthesia and Theatre Practice||5||15||ANML401|
| ANML506||Diagnostic Techniques||5||15||ANML402|
Graduates will be able to provide assistance to veterinarians and veterinary nurses in a veterinary clinic, and perform some tasks independently.
This programme comprises Year 1 of a two year veterinary nursing programme. Students wishing to become a qualified veterinary nurse and who complete the Veterinary Nursing Assistant programme may progress to the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6).
You can apply for this programme if you meet one of the below options.
Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)
Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)
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.
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 veterinary nursing.
d) 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).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 - Tuesday 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.
Returning students are required to attend on Tuesday 11 February 2020, from 10am to 3pm.
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.
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.
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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