New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing

A two year full-time Level 6 programme of 240 credits, commencing 2025.

Upon completion you graduate as a veterinary nurse. You will be able to work in veterinary clinics, helping patients and owners on a daily basis. As a qualified veterinary nurse, you can really make a difference! Holding the NZ Diploma in Veterinary Nursing opens up many varied and exciting career options within the animal world, both in New Zealand and overseas.

You must already hold the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Veterinary Nursing Assistant) qualification, or equivalent.

2024 programme dates:
19 February 2024 to 15 November 2024

Semester 1: 12th February – 27th June 2024 (semester break 15th April – 26th April)
Semester 2: 22nd July – 15th November 2024 (semester break 30th September – 11th October)

Students spend two days in the classroom, two days in a vet clinic and one day in self-directed learning, per week.

Modules studied include:

  • Surgical Veterinary Nursing (30 credits)
  • Medical Veterinary Nursing (30 credits)
  • Advanced Reception and Veterinary Nursing Skills (30 credits)
  • Diagnostic Procedures (30 credits)

Graduates will be qualified veterinary nurses, able to do the following:

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

Entry Criteria

Candidates must demonstrate completion of the requirements of the Veterinary Nursing Assistant strand of the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) or equivalent qualification, including the Vet Nurse Plus Certificate in Veterinary Nursing (Level 5).

For students with English as a second language, preference will be given to candidates with an IELTS overall band score of 6.0.

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Selection Criteria

A formal interview will be held with candidates who are not currently studying with Vet Nurse Plus and can demonstrate meeting the entry criteria. All applicants will be selected from a range of criteria.

Applicants will need to complete a self-declaration of criminal convictions, and sign a consent form allowing Vet Nurse Plus to obtain a Ministry of Justice criminal conviction history.

Applicants will also complete a medical health form.

Contact us if you have any questions on 0800 VET NURSE

Please note, our programmes are not available via correspondence or for international students.