New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology

Primary Industry Training Organisation

Subject area

Veterinary Assisting

Qualification

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Entry requirements

For the Rural Animal Technician and Veterinary Nursing Assistant strands:
- Students should be able to demonstrate previous experience working with animals, and an aptitude for working with the public.
1. Suitable experience includes: 3 or more days observing in a veterinary clinic for the VNA and technician strands or equivalent.
2. An aptitude for working with the public may include reference from an employer where the prospective student has worked with the public (e.g. retail), reference from a teacher attesting to social skills.

For those people entering this qualification the following entry requirements apply:
- have completed 60 NCEA credits at level 2
- have a minimum of 12 NCEA credits in English at Level 2 and 12 credits in Maths at level 1; and 12 credits of relevant science at level 1
or
- the equivalent tertiary study
or
- meet the education provider's requirements for the equivalent numeracy and literacy standards.

This qualification, with the veterinary nursing assistant qualifier leads to the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6) [Ref: 2491].

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The purpose of this qualification is to prepare individuals as either a veterinary nursing assistant or rural animal technician by providing them with the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to help assist veterinarians and veterinary nurses in a companion animal practice and veterinarians in a rural veterinary practice.

This qualification is targeted at people with previous animal handling experience who wish to work in a veterinary related field or in a veterinary clinic with either companion or rural animals.

The animal industry will benefit by having graduates qualified with skills to allow them to be ready to work in a veterinary clinic or independently as a rural animal technician, under the direction of a veterinarian.

Graduates of the rural animal technician strand will be able to assist a veterinarian in large animal or mixed practice and in the field or work independently as a rural animal technician.

Graduates of the veterinary nursing assistant strand will be able to provide assistance to veterinarians and veterinary nurses in a veterinary clinic and perform some tasks independently.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Veterinary Studies at this level can earn:

$34,000

Median earnings one year after study

$36,000

Median earnings two years after study

$41,000

Median earnings five years after study

Status one year after study

Employment rate two years after study

75%

Employment rate two years after study

Scholarship information

Examples of related scholarships

Putaruru Veterinary Club Education Trust

Provided by:

Putaruru Veterinary Club Education Trust - Trustee

Website:

http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/admission/scholarships-bursaries-awards/

Value:

Determined by the Trust Board

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Henry Marfell Scholarships

Provided by:

Henry Marfell Scholarships - Board Secretary

Website:

http://www.npbhs.school.nz/

Value:

See 'Additional Information'

Read more

This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 691 111
Phone: (08) 00 20 80 20
Fax: (04) 801 9626
Email: info@primaryito.ac.nz
Web: http://www.primaryito.ac.nz

Please contact the provider for details of where this qualification is offered.

The MyQ data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on responses to the MyQ survey provided by recent graduates of this qualification.

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