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Study Veterinary Nursing & Animal Care at SIT

Study Vet Nursing and Animal Care at SIT - on campus or via distance learningIf you love animals and want a career in animal care, production or welfare, our courses  in Veterinary Nursing and Animal Care give you the skills and knowledge to gain employment in a variety of roles. 

With five vets on hand and a fully equipped clinic, studying Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing on-campus at SIT in Invercargill offers plenty of hands-on practice and supporting expertise. Alternatively, the SIT2LRN Certificate in Basic Animal Care Science is a great starting point for distance learning students.

Our on-campus programmes include the National Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Rural Animal Technician) which can be undertaken as a conjoint programme. Graduates of these diploma programmes will have the skills and experience necessary for employment in a range of clinical, field and industry roles.

Programmes in Veterinary Nursing & Animal Care

Click on a circle in the table below to see the courses offered in each subject/qualification combination.

Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

Invercargill

ODiploma43Veterinary Nursing & Animal Care1Invercargill
OCertificate43Veterinary Nursing & Animal Care1Invercargill
OSTAR43Veterinary Nursing & Animal Care1Invercargill

SIT2LRN Distance Learning

OCertificate43Veterinary Nursing & Animal Care4SIT2LRN Distance Learning
OSTAR43Veterinary Nursing & Animal Care4SIT2LRN Distance Learning
Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

* STAR/Gateway programmes are only offered to NZ Secondary Schools

Programme & Tutor Profiles

Student Profiles

Veterinary Nursing & Animal Care Courses

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One year full time  (incorporates the National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing)

This programme provides students with the theoretical and practical skills appropriate for entering employment in the animal health sector, or in preparation for further specialist study. The qualification will be awarded to students who have competence in a wide range of skills appropriate to work in a veterinary clinic.

Course Details

One year full time (or two years including the Certificate in Veterinary Nursing, which is a prerequisite to the Diploma)

Graduates will have the ability to care for animals and employ safe working practices appropriate to the veterinary nursing industry sector, and be competent in a wide range of veterinary nursing skills, as well as a range of complementary generic, communication, and business skills.

Course Details

1 year full-time

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

Course Details

1 year full-time

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

Course Details

23 weeks fulltime

Up to 2 years part-time

Intakes are 23 weeks long.

The aims of the qualification are as follows:

  • To gain skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to working or further training in the animal care sector.
  • To provide a base for learners to progress to more advanced studies in animal care.
  • To provide a programme of study that will enhance the knowledge base for the contexts of lifestyle block and/or companion animals for those working or intending to work in the animal care sector.

Course Details

23 weeks fulltime

Up to 2 years part-time

Intakes are 23 weeks long.

The aims of the qualification are as follows:

  • To gain skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to working or further training in the animal care sector.
  • To provide a base for learners to progress to more advanced studies in animal care.
  • To provide a programme of study that will enhance the knowledge base for the contexts of lifestyle block and/or companion animals for those working or intending to work in the animal care sector.

Course Details

20 weeks full time

This programme aims to produce graduates with the ability to care for animals and employ safe working practices appropriate to the animal care sector, and to be competent in a wide range of animal care and handling skills.

Course Details

3 months fulltime

Intakes are 12 weeks long.

 

The Certificate in Basic Animal Care Science is expiring at the end of 2017 and has been replaced with the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care. In 2017 the Certificate in Basic Animal Care Science is only available to returning students to enable them to complete the qualification. All other applicants should go to the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Companion Animals) or New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Lifestyle Block Animals) webpage and complete the online application form found there.

If you love animals and you're considering a career in the animal care industry, our Certificate in Basic Animal Care Science (Level 2) is a great place to start.

This course provides students with the opportunity to gain relevant skills and knowledge, and develop appropriate work habits for further training or employment in the animal care sector.

Course Details

These units aim to provide students with the skills and knowledge required for employment or further training in the animal care sector. All students completing US5148, US5152, US 7337, US21382 are required to complete a detailed diary that contains physical aspects of nursing/caring for their animal. All completed diary work is to be signed off by an animal care professional. Video evidence of the practical component MUST be submitted on the provided SIT2LRN USB. Career Pathways: Students that successfully complete the below unit standards could go on to employment within the respective areas such as boarding kennels, stables etc or complete further study at our SIT2LRN distance learning program and complete: Certificate in Basic Animal Care (Level 2) or apply to study on campus: Certificate or National Diploma in Veterinary Nursing

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The programme covers nutrition, infections, diseases, vaccination programmes, practical handling and living areas for cats and dogs. The knowledge of the general health and husbandry of cats, dogs and horses provided by these units will serve to provide better care for the students' own pets as well as being a starting point for further study towards a career in the animal industry.

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