Do you have previous animal handling experience and the desire to work in a veterinary related field or in a veterinary clinic with companion animals? Take the first step toward a Vet Nursing career with the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology.
Locations: Palmerston North
Duration: 1 year, full-time*
Dates:24 Jul 2017 - 8 Jun 2018
Domestic Fees:*$6,162.56Scholarship info
* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). Fees for multi-year programmes are for one year of study.
At UCOL you will discover the rich rewards of working with animals. Upon completion of this programme, you will be able to provide assistance to veterinarians and veterinary nurses in a companion animal practice, or continue your studies with the New Zealand Diploma in Vet Nursing Level 6.
As a graduate of this qualification, you will be able to:
Companion animal veterinary nursing related or animal care fields:
To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Veterinarians and Veterinary Nurses.
Applicants under the age of 20:
Applicants must have the equivalent of NCEA Level 2 including 12 Level 2 English credits; 12 Level 1 Maths credits and 12 credits of relevant Science at Level 1.
All applicants are required to:
In addition, applicants are required to demonstrate previous experience working with animals. Either:
These may be demonstrated by information in the applicant's Curriculum Vitae, or a separate written attestation. Upon being contacted by UCOL, a referee must be able to verify this experience.
In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.
English language proficiencyInternational student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.
UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.
UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Veterinary Nursing Assistant) comprises 120 credits.
To optimise chances of student success, 100% attendance is required for all practical classes and work placements. It is also strongly recommended for all theory classes.
Students must be able to carry out physical activities within the Animal Room and work placement to fulfil the requirements of the programme. Students must also have no objection to working with animals, dissection of animal body parts, body fluids and cadavers.Recognition of prior learningApplications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the
Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.
The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.