New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology
Vet Nurse Plus Limited
Total student fees
over 1 Year - details
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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.
Key Information for Students
A minimum of 60 NCEA credits at Level 2, including 12 NCEA credits in English Level 2, 12 credits in Maths Level 1, 12 credits of relevant science at Level 1. Or equivalent secondary or tertiary study. Or a satisfactory score on the Vet Nurse Plus pre-entry assessment. Three days observing in a veterinary clinic. An aptitude for working with the public. A formal interview will be held with candidates who can demonstrate meeting the entry criteria and applicants will be selected from a range of criteria.
See provider website for more details about entry to this qualification.
(what you pay)
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
A Compulsory Student Services Fee may be charged, see your provider for details.
National Graduate Outcomes
Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:
|Earnings range||$23,088 - $39,537|
|In further study||25%|
|On a benefit||3%|
All KIS information is the most recent data available and relates to domestic students only.
Examples of related scholarships
Ann Sinclair Trust Tertiary Grant
Presbyterian Support Central
Refer to application organisation.
Elsie and Laura Lehmann Trust
At the discretion of the Selection Committee
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.
Where does this information come from?
The Key Information for Students data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on information provided by tertiary education providers and the Ministry of Education. Remember to check the provider’s website for further details.
The MyQ data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on responses to the MyQ survey provided by recent graduates of this qualification.
NZQA supplies all other information based on material from the provider.