Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing


Subject area

Veterinary Studies not elsewhere classified



3 Years

Total student fees


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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The BVN aims to equip students with skills and knowledge required to work safely and effectively with a wide variety of animals in a range of local and global contexts, from veterinary clinics to large scale emergencies. Graduates of the BVN will place animal welfare at the forefront of every veterinary nursing task and procedure, basing their practice on contemporary evidence and extensive theoretical knowledge and skills in veterinary medical nursing, anaesthesia, surgical assistance, animal rehabilitation options, animal behaviour and training methodologies. Furthermore, BVN graduates will integrate extensive knowledge and understanding of the professional, cultural, ethical and moral responsibilities of a veterinary nurse and be able to think and reflect critically to continuously improve animal well-being, their own practice and the industry as a whole. Graduates will be prepared to proactively engage in inquiry to support evidence-based practice in advising clients on the management of individual animal care, and will possess strategies to deal with emotionally and otherwise stressful situations.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

University Entrance, as defined by the NZQA; or evidence regarded as sufficient by the Head of School of the capability to undertake and complete the programme of study; or at the discretion of the Head of School, where the applicant is over 20 years of age and demonstrates the capability to undertake and complete the programme of study. All applicants must have evidence of a level of literacy and numeracy sufficient to (i) be able to study at this level, and (ii) interpret and apply health and safety requirements. All applicants must demonstrate an acceptable level of English language fluency prior to acceptance in the programme. For international students, ways in which English language fluency may be demonstrated include the following: successful study of a programme in which English was the language of instruction (subject to the conditions in EIT's Database for English Language Proficiency (DELP)) completion of a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3 with any endorsement) IELTS Academic score of 6, with no band score lower than 5.5, achieved in a single test within the two years preceding enrolment accepted international equivalents to the above IELTS scores, achieved in a single test within the two years preceding enrolment (see equivalency tables in the DELP).

Detailed requirements

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3 Years

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$7,461 $22,384
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$14,010 $42,031
Total $21,472 $64,415

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Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

Median earnings N/A
Earnings range N/A
In employment N/A
In further study N/A
On a benefit N/A

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 225 5348
Phone: (06) 974 8000
Fax: (06) 974 8905

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