New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant)
- 学费：$20,960 NZD Per Year
- 授课校区：Otago Polytechnic
- A genuine interest in companion animals: cats, dogs, rabbits, rodents and birds
- Keen interest in health and welfare of companion animals
- The ability to communicate and work with a team
- The ability to manage time effectively
- The ability to work in a high pressure environment and handle stressful emergency situations
- To be sensible and highly motivated
- Good computer skills.
Are you passionate about the care and welfare of animals? Do you want to prepare for a career as a Veterinary Nurse?
Become a Veterinary Nursing Assistant educated to the highest professional standards with this practical and theoretical programme.
The animal health industry is vital to the success of New Zealand’s economy and there is always strong demand for qualified Veterinary Nursing Assistants to assist Veterinarians and Veterinary Nurses.
This qualification will give you the skills and knowledge required for a successful career in companion animal healthcare. It will enable you to become a Veterinary Nursing Assistant, the first step to becoming a veterinary nurse. In addition, it will also enable you to then enter the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6) where you will gain the skills to become a Registered Nurse.
Aligned with international standards, it has been developed in consultation with veterinarians, veterinary nurses, the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association and our own experienced staff. All of our staff are required to undertake compulsory industry immersion to ensure they can deliver up-to-date, detailed theoretical knowledge of companion animal healthcare and practical skills, including low stress handling techniques.
What does a Veterinary Nursing Assistant do?
A Veterinary Nursing Assistant works to promote the health, husbandry and welfare of companion animals such as household pets (cats, dogs, birds, rabbits).
A Veterinary Nursing Assistant will support and communicate with Veterinarians and Veterinary Nurses in the care and treatment of companion animals in the veterinary clinic. This may include roles in reception and front of house, hospitalized animal patient care, assisting with diagnostic sampling and radiography, providing proactive and preventative health care to pets, first aid/emergency advice. Veterinary Nursing Assistants will play an important role in preparing animals for surgery and assisting Veterinarians and Veterinary Nurses during and after surgery.
Further study options
Successful completion of the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant) will provide you with the entry requirements for the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6).
Programme specific risks
You will be given full training to minimize all programme-specific risks. Examples of risks associated with this programme are: lifting, animal bites and scratches, zoonotic diseases, computers, radiation from x-rays, anaesthetic gases, chemicals and drugs, UV radiation, sharp instruments, electricity, fire, gas cylinders and mercury thermometers.
We recommend that all students maintain a current up-to-date tetanus injection to handle any animals as part of this programme.
Academic entry requirements
60 credits at NCEA Level 2, with a minimum of:
12 credits in English at Level 2, and
12 credits in Maths at Level 1, and
12 credits in Science at Level 1
OR evidence of meeting Step 5 Literacy and Numeracy for Adults, Assessment Tool.
International students may only enter the full year, blended, on campus programme and you will be individually assessed to ensure you meet the entry requirements.
If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no less than 6.0 in writing and speaking, and no less than 5.5 in reading and listening.
Alternative entry criteria: Although our basic academic entry requirements are as outlined above, our preference for entry into this programme is NCEA Level 3 OR the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Level 3) (Companion Animals) OR equivalent.
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