NZ Certificate in Animal Technology (Veterinary Nursing Assistant) [Level 5]

Study Options



1 year


Level 5

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Become a Veterinary Nurse of the Future!

Provide assistance to a veterinary team, maintain health and husbandry of animals, care for hospitalised patients, contribute in surgery preparation and anesthesia and assist with diagnostic procedures.

You will gain knowledge and practical skills in animal health and husbandry at EIT’s purpose-built animal handling and housing facilities.  The simulated surgical suite will provide you with opportunities to learn surgical and anaesthesia preparation and diagnostic procedures.

You will also spend time in veterinary clinics around Hawke’s Bay and beyond, gaining valuable practical skills needed to become a veterinary nursing assistant.


Graduates of the NZ Certificate in Animal Technology (Veterinary Nursing Assistant) Strand Level 5 will be able to provide assistance to veterinarians and veterinary nurses in a veterinary clinic and perform some tasks independently.

They will also be able to:

  • Maintain health and husbandry of animals in a veterinary clinic
  • Care for hospitalised patients
  • Assist in surgery preparation and anaesthesia
  • Assist with routine diagnostic procedures.

Subject areas:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Animal handling
  • Behaviour and nutrition
  • Welfare and well being of animal patients
  • Surgery and diagnostics
  • Anaesthetic and analgesia monitoring
  • Medical nursing
  • Reception
  • Client interaction

Come in and have a chat about your study options with the staff at our Hawke’s Bay campus. Or, simply give us a call on 0800 22 55 348. And you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

On successful completion of this Certificate, graduates may choose to seek employment in the following areas:

  • Veterinary Nurse Assistant
  • Medical/Veterinary Sales Representative
  • Nutritional representative
  • Animal Welfare Officer
  • Animal Technician
  • Further study eg. the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing


There is one entry point per year:

  • February

Entry Requirements

Domestic entry requirements

International entry requirements

Study Pathways

After completing this certificate you can continue onto the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.

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


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.