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New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) with strand in Rural Animal Technician - Invercargill

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 5
Dates:

25 February to 29 November 2019

Duration:

One year full-time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 120

This programme provides a strong mix of theory and practical skills using an integrated approach and module based assessments. Students will complete activities in our Zoo rooms and on a farm and at least 240 hours of approved work placement will be completed during the year.

RAT500    Professional Practise

RAT505    Fundamentals of Animal Health and Safety, Welfare, Behaviour and Legislation

RAT510    Handling and Husbandry of Production Animals and Horses

RAT515    Anatomy and Physiology

RAT520    Diseases, Tranmission and Control

RAT525    Preventative Health for Production Animals and Horses

RAT530    Pharmacology and Current Legislation

RAT535    Diagnostic Sampling and Laboratory Practice

RAT540    Technical tasks for Cattle, Sheep and Goats

RAT545    Technical tasks for Horses, Pigs, Deer, Camelids

 

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • 2019 direct material costs of $2482

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.

For the Rural Animal Technician strand applicants should:

  • Be able to demonstrate previous experience working with animals, and an aptitude for working with the public.
  • Suitable experience includes: three or more days observing in a veterinary clinic or equivalent.
  • 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: -

 Rural Animal Technician 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 two 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. Timetables will be confirmed at the start of each term.

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