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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 SIT2LRN Distance Learning campus

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

SIT2LRN Distance Learning

OCertificate43Veterinary Nursing, Animal Care & Equine4SIT2LRN Distance Learning
OSTAR43Veterinary Nursing, Animal Care & Equine4SIT2LRN 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

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Veterinary Nursing, Animal Care & Equine courses at the SIT2LRN Distance Learning campus

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Six months full-time

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 companion animals for those working, or intending to work in the animal care sector.
Course Details

Six months full-time

Up to two years part-time

Intakes are 12 weeks long

Do you have a passion for animals and their well-being? Are you looking to learn more about how to care for your animals on your lifestyle block? Do you volunteer with a local animal welfare organisation and would like to learn more about animal anatomy? Or are you just looking for some more information on how to care for the newest animal member of your whanau? The New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Lifestyle Block) may be the programme you've been looking for.

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). Enrol Online Course Details
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