Study Options

Online, Full-time, Part-time


Level 7

Make Your Passion For Animals Your Career

The Bachelor of  Veterinary Nursing (BVN) 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.

EIT offers the Bachelor of  Veterinary Nursing in collaboration with Otago Polytechnic.  You can attend the block courses at EIT Hawke’s Bay or Otago Polytechnic.



The BVN programme is designed for individuals wishing to become highly regarded industry professionals within the veterinary nursing sector. Graduates of the BVN will:

  1. place animal welfare at the forefront of every veterinary nursing task and procedure performed while also considering human and environmental factors;
  2. integrate extensive knowledge and understanding of the professional, cultural, ethical and moral responsibilities of a veterinary nurse;
  3. confidently apply advanced theoretical knowledge and skills in veterinary medical nursing, anaesthesia and surgical assistance in practice;
  4. think and reflect critically to continuously improve animal well-being, their own practice and the industry as a whole;
  5. proactively engage in continuous learning and undertake research to support evidence-based practice, solving complex problems in relation to patient care and health;
  6. advise clients on the management of individual animal care based on contemporary evidence; and
  7. 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.

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

Veterinary nurse, veterinary nurse educator, animal care educator, DOC roles, MPI roles, Humane Society roles, commercial representative, medical representative, specialist clinic roles, veterinary nursing or animal care researcher.


There is one entry point per year:

  • February

Block Courses

EIT Hawke’s Bay:

Semester 1 – 4 – 8 May
Semester 2 – 12 – 16 October

Otago Polytechnic:

Semester 1 – 11 – 15 May
Semester 2 – 19 – 23 October 


Entry requirements

International entry requirements

Other entry requirements

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. 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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Hawke’s Bay Campus

Practicum work experience

Students in the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing must complete work experience commitments as set by the Programme Co-ordinator.  Students will be required to complete 240 hours in Year One, 240 hours in Year Two and 160 hours in Year Three of clinic work placements.  In order to provide students with different perspectives on veterinary nursing, they will complete their work experience in at least two different veterinary practices, unless currently employed at a veterinary clinic.

Students will be required to find their own work placements with assistance from programme staff where needed. It is recommended work placements will be in two or three week blocks.

While on work experience, students must maintain a portfolio with evidence of completion of practical assessments and clinical skills.  Students are in contact with the Programme Co-ordinator on a regular basis, to discuss progress on the workplace requirements. 

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


EIT 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 scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries.

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