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Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) with strand in Veterinary Nursing Assistant
Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) with strand in Veterinary Nursing Assistant

Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) with strand in Veterinary Nursing Assistant

  • ID:SIT640188
  • Level:1-Year Post-Secondary Certificate
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements:

For the Veterinary Nursing Assistant strand:

Students should be able to demonstrate previous experience working with animals, and an aptitude for working with the public.

  • Suitable experience includes: Three or more days observing in a veterinary clinic or equivalent
  • An aptitude for working with the public which may include a 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:

  • 60 NCEA credits at Level 2
  • 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 secondary study, or
  • Meet the education provider‘s requirements for the equivalent numeracy and literacy standards

English requirements:

  • Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 percent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or one of the following tests of English language competence in accordance with the NZQA rules below:
  • IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examination – B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162.  No less than 154 in each skill
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level   b) Current: Level 4 (General) or (Workplace) b) Level 4 (General) or (Employment)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
  • Language Cert - B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
  • Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than merit in any band

Course Information

​The programme uses a paper based approach to allow for an efficient integrated approach to learning and assessment. Activities in our Zoo rooms and local industry help ensure the theory knowledge is supported by practical skills.

Each student will spend at least 240 hours in approved work placement.

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  • VNA550 Professional Practice
  • VNA560 Fundamentals of Animal Health and Safety, Welfare and Legislation
  • VNA565 Handling and Husbandry of Companion Animals
  • VNA570 Anatomy and Physiology
  • VNA575 Diseases, Transmission and Control
  • VNA580 Preparation for Surgery
  • VNA585 Basic Anaesthesia
  • VNA590 Nursing
  • VNA595 Diagnostic Sampling
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

This course is designed to provide education and training for people wishing to progress to higher levels of tertiary training, or gain employment in animal related industry sectors, including veterinary practices, animal laboratories, pet shops, kennels, animal welfare agencies, or farms and representatives for animal drug companies. 

With this qualification students may choose to travel overseas and gain employment at a higher level. Locum at various veterinary clinics around the world while gaining valuable practical experience.

The Veterinary Nursing Assistant strand is a prerequisite to enrolment into the Level 6 New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Medical insurance - NZD $700 per year

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