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New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) with strand in Veterinary Nursing Assistant - Invercargill

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 5
Dates:

25 February to 29 November 2019

Duration:

1 year full-time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 120

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.

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

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • 2019 direct material costs of $2011 (GST Inclusive)

International Fees can be found here.

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.

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.

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

  • Have completed 60 NCEA credits at Level 2
  • Have 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.

Language Requirements
Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, 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 achieved the required score in one of the following internationally recognised English Proficiency tests within the preceding two years:   

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) – Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet- based test (iBT) – Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations – FCE or FCE for schools with a score of 169.  No less than 162 in each skill.
  • NZCEL – Level 4 with the Academic endorsement
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PToE (Academic score of 50)
  • City and Guilds IESOL – B2 Communicator with a score of 66

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they:

  1. Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements; or
  2. Hold a bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America; or
  3. Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA; or
  4. Have achieved the required score in one of the internationally recognised English Proficiency tests (specified above) within the preceding two years 

To satisfactorily complete New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) with strands in Rural Animal Technician and Veterinary Nursing Assistant and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve: -

Veterinary Nursing Assistant strand:

  • Achieved all of the graduate profile outcomes for that strand showing competence to a minimum of 120 credits in accordance with the programme schedule for the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) with strands in Rural Animal Technician and Veterinary Nursing Assistant.
  • Completed required practical and theoretical course work and assignments.
  • Completed a minimum of 240 hours of approved strand related work experience.

The student will normally be expected to complete each strand of the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) with strands in Rural Animal Technician and Veterinary Nursing Assistant full-time over 34 tutorial weeks or part-time over 2 years.

(Please note; students failing to attend for 80% of timetabled programme hours may forfeit zero fees entitlement)

Classes are held Monday to Friday, 9.00am-4.00pm at SIT's Invercargill campus. The programme timetable will be confirmed at the start of each term.

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