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New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6) - Invercargill

Qualification: Diploma
Level: 6
Dates:

2020 Semester 1: 10 February to 13 November

Duration:

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)

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 120

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.

DVN611 Diagnostic Sampling

DVN612 Veterinary First Aid and Triage

DVN614 Surgical Instruments and Medical Imaging

DVN615 Manage Veterinary Nursing Services

DVN621 Surgical Veterinary Nursing

DVN622 Medical Veterinary Nursing

 

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • 2020 direct material costs are $2325

International Fees can be found here.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Provide surgical veterinary nursing
  • Provide medical veterinary nursing
  • Manage veterinary nursing services
  • Perform diagnostic sampling and medical imaging

Applicants should be a minimum of 16 years of age, and have attained the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5), (Veterinary Assistance strand).

Applicants over the age of 20 years at time of enrolment will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme. Examples of demonstration of ability to succeed are the provision of evidence of successful completion of a programme of study at Level 3 or above in a related discipline and/or employment in the related sector for one or more years. They may be admitted subject to programme regulations approved by the Head of Faculty in consultation with the Programme Manager as appropriate.  Personal commitment and a belief in one’s own ability to succeed are important personal traits and will always be taken into consideration during the selection process.

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 achieved one of the following:

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), or

Successful completion of a Bachelor ‘s Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters’ Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States, or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the preceding 2 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 18)
  • Cambridge English Examinations – FCE or FCE for schools with a score of 169 No less than 162 in each skill.  OET at Grade C in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL3 – 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
  • Language Cert – C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS

An NZQA approved English Language proficiency test, where the student has achieved an outcome that is equivalent or better than those scores listed for Internationally recognised English language proficiency tests above in relation to the level of intended programme of study, or

Completion of all primary education and at least three years’ secondary education at schools with English as the language of instruction, or

Completion of five years of secondary education at schools with English as the language of instruction.  

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. Have successfully completed a Bachelors’ Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters’ Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States, or
  3. Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA, or
  4. Have achieved the required score and with all scores achieved in a single test in one of the internationally recognised English Proficiency tests (specified above) within the preceding two years.

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6), and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve a minimum of 120 credits in accordance with the Programme schedule for the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary nursing (Level 6). 

(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 timetable will be confirmed at the start of each term during the year.

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