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Study Veterinary Nursing, Animal Care or Equine

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 & Equine at the Invercargill campus

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

Invercargill

ODiploma43Veterinary Nursing, Animal Care & Equine1Invercargill
OCertificate43Veterinary Nursing, Animal Care & Equine1Invercargill
Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

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

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Veterinary Nursing, Animal Care & Equine courses at the Invercargill campus

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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.

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One year full-time

This qualification equips graduates with essential skills to become Rural Animal Technicians that are able to assist veterinarians with large animals or mixed practice and in the field or work independently.

 

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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.

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20 weeks full-time

  • 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 companion animals for those working or intending to work in the animal care sector
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