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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 New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care is a great starting point for distance learning students.

Our on-campus programmes include Certificate level study in Animal Care and Animal Technology. Students can focus on companion animals, rural animals or veterinary nursing. The New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Veterinary Nursing Assistant strand) is a pre-requisite course which can lead onto the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. Graduates of this diploma programme 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

SIT2LRN Distance Learning

OCertificate43Veterinary Nursing & Animal Care4SIT2LRN Distance Learning
OSTAR43Veterinary Nursing & Animal Care4SIT2LRN Distance Learning

Telford

ODiploma43Veterinary Nursing & Animal Care21Telford
OCertificate43Veterinary Nursing & Animal Care21Telford

Telford Distance

OCertificate43Veterinary Nursing & Animal Care22Telford Distance
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 (or two years including the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) with strand in Veterinary Nursing Assistant, which is a prerequisite to the Diploma)

The purpose of this qualification is to prepare individuals as a veterinary nursing care professional by providing them with the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to help animals attain, maintain or recover optimal health and quality of life. Graduates will also be able to practice sustainably and to engage in on-going learning in the field.

Course Details

37 Weeks, full-time

Students with an interest in the health and handling of large animals from a veterinary perspective should enrol in this interesting and challenging programme. On successful completion of this programme, graduates will be able to work competently as rural animal technicians in a veterinary practice. 

Course Details

One 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

One year, part-time

Level 4 Dairy Farming programme will give students
the knowledge and skills to implement Dairy Health,
Breeding and Feeding Plans; monitor, analyse and
report on farm performance, maintain vehicles and
equipment, use farming practices that minimize
environmental impact, and manage the milking
process to optimize milk quality.
This programme is designed for level 3 graduates or
equivalent wanting to move into a more responsible
role on a dairy farm.

Level 4 Dairy Knowledge will give students the knowledge and skills to implement Dairy Health, Breeding and Feeding Plans.

This programme is delivered via SIT2LRN Distance Learning Online.

Course Details

17 weeks, full time

Graduates of the Telford equine programme will have the skills and knowledge to continue with higher level learning and/or enter the equine industry in their chosen field - Sporthorse (riding or coaching), track riding, harness racing, or breeding. They will be able to work with a minimum of supervision through a range of core activities.

 

Course Details

One year, part-time

Students will acquire general introductory knowledge appropriate to setting up a farriery enterprise. This programme is delivered via SIT2LRN Distance Learning Online

Course Details

One year , part-time

Created for individuals who want to acquire general introductory knowlege appropriate to setting up a small equine business. This programme is delivered via SIT2LRN Online Distance Learning.

Course Details

17 weeks

The qualification is designed for individuals who wish to gain employment in the equine industry. On completion of this programme, graduates enter the equine industry in a number of different areas such as racing stables, sport horse stables, and horse breeding farms.

Course Details

Six months fulltime

Up to two years part-time

Intakes are 12 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 companion animals for those working or intending to work in the animal care sector.

Course Details

Six months fulltime

Up to two years part-time

Intakes are 12 weeks long

 The aims of the qualification are as follows:

  • Gain skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to working, or further training in the animal care sector.
  • Provide a base for learners to progress to more advanced studies in animal care.
  • Provide a programme of study that will enhance the knowledge base for the contexts of lifestyle block animals for those working, or intending to work 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. 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: New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Level 3) or apply to study on campus: New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5).

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