Study Options

Online, Full-time, Part-time


3 years


Level 7

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Turn your passion for animals into your career

Become an essential part of a veterinary team in a clinic or hospital and provide surgical and medical veterinary nursing, manage services and perform diagnostic sampling and medical imaging.

The Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing programme will produce degree-level veterinary nurses capable of applying advanced subject-specific knowledge and skills, critical thinking, problem-solving and reflection, who place animal welfare at the forefront of their evidence-based practice.

Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to make well-informed choices of a career or academic path and the language, literacy and numeracy skills required for study.

Applicants with a NZ Diploma in Veterinary Nursing may enter the degree in the third year of study and applicants with a NZ Certificate in Animal Technology may enter the degree in the second year of study.


Your future career opportunities

Possible jobs and career opportunities can include:

  • Veterinary nursing
  • Veterinary nurse educator
  • Animal care educator
  • DOC/MPI roles
  • Humane Society roles
  • Commercial/medical/veterinary sales representative
  • Specialist clinic roles
  • Animal care researcher


The Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (BVN) programme is designed for individuals wanting to become highly regarded industry professionals within the veterinary nursing sector.

As a graduate of the BVN you will:

  • Place animal welfare at the forefront of every veterinary nursing task and procedure performed while also considering human and environmental factors.
  • Integrate extensive knowledge and understanding of the professional, cultural, ethical and moral responsibilities of a veterinary nurse.
  • Confidently apply advanced theoretical knowledge and skills in veterinary medical nursing, anaesthesia and surgical assistance in practice.
  • Think and reflect critically to continuously improve animal well-being, your own practice and the industry as a whole.
  • Pro-actively engage in continuous learning and undertake research to support evidence-based practice, solving complex problems in relation to patient care and health.
  • Advise clients on the management of individual animal care based on contemporary evidence.
  • Recognise the need for and lead the development of strategies to deal with emotionally and otherwise stressful situations.

You are welcome to make an appointment to discuss your study options with our staff either in person or by phone and also to visit at any time to view our facilities.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Year one

Year two

Year three

Clinic work placements

During the BVN you must complete clinic work placements as set by the Programme Coordinator and Workplace Coordinator. You will be required to complete 240 hours in Year one, 240 hours in Year two and 160 hours in Year three with the acceptance of non-clinical related hours. In addition to this, Year one learners must complete hours in the EIT | Te Pūkenga animal facility as rostered on by the Animal Room Technician.

In order to provide you with different perspectives on veterinary nursing, you will complete your clinic work placements in at least two different veterinary practices, unless currently employed at a veterinary clinic.

You will be required to find your own clinic work placements with assistance from programme staff where needed. It is recommended clinic work placements will be done in blocks.

While on clinic work placement, you must maintain a portfolio with evidence of completion of practical assessments and clinical skills. You will be in contact with the Workplace Coordinator on a regular basis to discuss progress on the workplace requirements.

A memorandum of agreement will be drawn up between the clinic work placement facility, yourself and EIT | Te Pūkenga, to define rights and responsibilities of each party involved in the work placements.


There is one entry date per year:

  • February


Entry requirements

Other entry requirements

English language entry requirements

International entry requirements

Entry with credit

Academic learning services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT | Te Pūkenga. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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EIT | Te Pūkenga offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT | Te Pūkenga scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT | Te Pūkenga or at some public libraries.

If you would like to come to EIT | Te Pūkenga to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.