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New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing

Level 6

Prepare for a career as a veterinary nursing professional in UCOL’s New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.

Dog sitting on a table with students
Quick info

Level: 6

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: 41 weeks, full-time

Dates:
31 Jul 2017 - 18 May 2018

Domestic Fees:*
To be confirmed.Scholarship info

International Fees:*
To be confirmed.

* 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.

Being a veterinary nurse is a hands-on, satisfying role. You’ll care for all kinds of companion animals, work as a team with other professionals and solve problems.

UCOL’s New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing will provide you with the technical skills, knowledge and attributes needed to help animals attain, maintain or recover optimal health and quality of life. 

Practical requirements
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.

Practicum
All learners are required to complete work placements of at least 280 hours in a veterinary clinic setting.  It is likely the placement will be out of the Manawatū region. Out-of-region placements are sourced by the student in consultation with the Programme Leader.  

Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates of this qualification will have technical veterinary nursing skills for a clinic environment and the ability to manage patients and clients and follow protocols in all aspects of clinical veterinary practice.

Student & Staff Profiles

Industry Connections

  • Local vet clinics
  • Veterinary Nursing Educational Standards Committee (VNESC)

Learning Facilities

Animal handling lab.

Domestic Entry Requirements


All applicants are required to:
  • Declare any previous criminal convictions prior to admission being confirmed. Convictions of any offence may not necessarily exclude applicants from enrolment; the decision is at the discretion of the Academic Leader; and
  • Authorise UCOL to obtain a background check from the New Zealand Police Licensing and Vetting Agency; and
  • Complete a health declaration form including tetanus status.

International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

Advice & Guidance

UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing 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. 

Practical requirements: 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. UCOL reserves the right to decline entry to the programme should an applicant’s physical ability or squeamishness prevent them carrying out practical activities required to fulfil the requirements of the programme. These practical requirements will be discussed and confirmed by staff when contacting students.

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.


Additional Costs

Please note that there are additional costs associated with the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing of approximately $95.00:

  • Watch for taking heart rates
  • Small scissors
  • Stethoscope
You may also require:
  • Protective overalls 
  • Plain, dark coloured, long-sleeve top
  • Gumboots
  • Navy or black trousers
  • Calculator


Previous related programmes

The New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing supersedes and takes the best from the following programme of study, which is no longer offered:
  • Diploma in Veterinary Nursing

Course Information

  • Anaesthesia and Surgery
  • Diagnostics 
  • Medical Nursing
  • Management of Veterinary Nursing Services

Accreditation

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.

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