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 learning
Applications 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.
There are few clinical placements within the wider Manawatu so these are reserved for those who have the greatest need. Highest priority for local placement are students who are solo parents of children under the age of five. Not having a car, drivers licence or having work commitments or animals to care for is not sufficient to be considered priority for local placement. This means that you are very likely to be required undertake your clinical placement outside the wider Manawatu region therefore you will have additional costs relating to your travel and accommodation.
Transport costs will vary according to the mode of transport and may include public transport, private car usage, and carpooling. An example of an approximate cost of petrol in a 1600cc car over 180 kilometres over five days could cost up to $80.00 or more.
These vary according to the types of accommodation used. Backpackers, Homestays, Student Hostels can be in the range of $50.00 - $120 per night.
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you
- National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may
request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
- Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
- Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
- Check if you're eligible for additional support or a
scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of
our free Youth Transition programmes.
Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.
Please note that there are additional costs associated with the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Veterinary Nursing Assistant) of approximately $460.00:
- Navy or black dress trousers (not jeans)
- Covered shoes (eg sneakers)
- Stationery (pens, pencils, ruler, paper, notebook etc)
- BSAVA: Textbook of Veterinary Nursing (5th edition) by Lane, D.R., Cooper, B.C., and Turner L. (2011)
- Dictionary of Veterinary Nursing (3rd edition) by Lane, D.R. and Guthrie, S. (2007)
- Anaesthesia for Veterinary Nurses (2nd edition) by Welsh, E. (2003)
Previous Related Programmes
The New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Vet Nursing Assistant) supersedes and takes the best from the following programme of study, which is no longer offered:
- Diploma in Veterinary Nursing