Animal Care Technology Programmes

Veterinary Nursing Course

Learn all you need to know for day to day care of animals in a variety of industry sectors.

NEXT GENERATION: Veterinary Nurse Assistant Level 5

Qualification: New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Veterinary Nursing Assistant) (Level 5)

Programme Aims and Outcomes

The purpose of this full year, full time programme is to build on the skills and knowledge gained previously (qualifications or experience in related fields) and prepares the learners as a veterinary nurse assistant to assist veterinarians and veterinary nurses in a companion animal practice or related animal care facility.

Learners will be able to work in both front of house, and back of house activities and tasks; and be able to perform some of these tasks independently. This programme is targeted at people with previous animal handling experience who wish to work in a veterinary related field or in a veterinary clinic with companion animals.

The content of this programme covers the following companion animal topics:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Health and Husbandry
  • Zoonoses
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Professional Behaviour
  • Injured Animal Transportation
  • Clinical Exams
  • Diagnostic Procedures and Testing
  • Nursing Animal Patients
  • Preparing Animals for Surgery
  • Reception Services

In the companion animal context, learners will be able to provide reception services, handle and transport injured animals, understand the physiology of companion animals, provide appropriate husbandry, understand and manage animal behaviour, dispense medication under supervision, provide first aid and care for hospitalised patients.

Learners will be able to assist the veterinary team with pre and post-surgery duties including anaesthesia and advise clients on post-operative care. Learners will also be able to collect, test and dispatch diagnostic samples from companion animals, including x-rays, as directed.

The programme is delivered 4 days a week in conjunction with Wanganui Vet Services with an additional day as industry experience either on the roster at Wanganui Veterinary Services or at the following companion animal businesses:

  • Boarding Kennels
  • Vets on Carlton
  • Retail Pet Shop outlets
  • Aviary at Virginia Lake

The minimum entry criteria is:
Students should be able to demonstrate previous experience working with animals, and an aptitude for working with the public. Suitable experience includes: 3 or more days observing in a veterinary clinic for the Veterinary Nurse Assistant 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.

and

The New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Level 3) NZ2487 or similar qualification

or

Graduates from agricultural qualifications e.g. NZ2214 New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (Livestock Husbandry)

or

Those people who can demonstrate successful tertiary study at level 3 or above

It is recommended that students have at least Step 4 in the TEC Literacy and Numeracy tool and have at least a restricted car driver’s licence.

Graduates will be able to enrol in further study at diploma level in this field with another provider or gain employment.
All applicants will be interviewed to ensure programme suitability.

This is a full fee paying course with student loans and allowances available depending on personal circumstances. There are additional costs associated with clothing, textbooks, stethoscope and travel expenses. To allow maximum benefit for students on practical rosters, the class size will not exceed 20 students.

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under section 249 of the Education Act 1989, and Ag Challenge Limited is accredited to provide it under section 250 of the Act.

 

NEXT GENERATION: Rural Animal Care Technology – (Companion Animals) or (Horses) or (Lifestyle Block Animals) Level 3

Qualification: New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Horses, and Lifestyle Block Animals) (Level 3)

Programme Aims and Outcomes

The programme focuses on providing the skills and knowledge of animal care in one of these chosen specific non production areas or contexts:

  • recreational horses
  • lifestyle block livestock (cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry etc.)
  • companion animals

Within in each context, students will learn about recognition of abnormal behaviour and signs of ill health, handling and carrying out specialist health maintenance tasks, feed and nutrition, animal ethics and welfare codes.

This qualification is targeted at new or potential entrants into the animal care sector for example:

  • Secondary School Tertiary Partnerships, Gateway, and Star. Specific unit standards of the programme will also be offered annually as part of mix of provision.
  • YR13 secondary school students (as part of Dual Pathways) wanting to pursue a career in Vet Nursing/ Rural Animal Technician and related industries and may be used as a stepping stone to be considered for university and higher level tertiary studies in animal studies.
  • Graduates progressing from the New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industries (Level 2) NZ2218.
  • Equine and life style block owners and those people who wish to begin their career as a rural animal technician or as a vet nurse assistant or a person who wants to set up an accredited small animal care facility (kennels, boarding, pet shop or tourism operator etc).

There is the equivalent of 48 hours of work experience required and students will be integrated into tasks on the Ag Challenge farms or at local riding school /equine facility to assist evidence collection for the practically based units.

Graduates of the qualification will be able to:

  • comply with all regulatory requirements and relevant industry codes of practice for animal care
  • respond to normal and abnormal health and behaviour in animals
  • assist with the day to day care of animals.

There are no entry requirements for this programme. Schools will however select suitable students to engage in the Dual Pathways/Star programme and all applicants will be interviewed to ensure the likelihood of success.

This is a full fee paying course with Student Loans and Allowances available depending on personal circumstances.

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under section 249 of the Education Act 1989, and Ag Challenge Limited is accredited to provide it under section 250 of the Act.

 

Next Generation Programme – Animal Technician (Large Animal) Level 5

Qualification: New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5), Rural Animal Technician Strand, MOE Code NZ2490

Programme Aims and Outcomes

Graduates of this qualification will be able to work in businesses that interface with animal related operations. They will be trained to maintain the health and husbandry of animals in a rural environment – perform technical tasks for the maintenance of animal health and welfare in the rural setting – apply knowledge of pharmacology and current law – dispense and administer animal remedies – collect and/or test diagnostic samples and/or prepare samples for dispatch.

Graduates of this qualification may be employed as veterinary nursing assistants or rural animal technicians working with companion or rural animals.

Fees are payable and Study Link assistance is available depending upon personal circumstances.

**Under Development /Pending NZQA Approval