NZ Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6)

Study Options

Online, Full-time, Part-time


1 year


Level 6

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Make your passion for animals your career

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

You will gain these skills by using our purpose built animal housing and simulated surgical suite. You will also spend time in veterinary clinics throughout New Zealand gaining valuable skills towards becoming a veterinary nurse.


This qualification will prepare you to be a veterinary nursing professional, providing you with the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to help animals attain, maintain or recover optimal health and quality of life. As a graduate you will also be able to practice sustainably and engage in on-going learning in the field.

This qualification is targeted at individuals who have already completed the NZ Certificate in Animal Technology (Veterinary Nursing Assistant) (Level 5), or equivalent and who seek to further their veterinary nursing education. This qualification will provide you with technical veterinary nursing skills in a clinical environment as well as the ability to manage patients and clients and follow protocols in all aspects of clinical veterinary practice.

The NZ Diploma in Veterinary Nursing recognises competence in a wide range of skills that enable you to become a functioning part of a veterinary team in a clinic or hospital through being able to:

  • Provide surgical veterinary nursing
  • Provide anaesthetic veterinary nursing
  • Provide medical veterinary nursing
  • Perform diagnostic sampling and medical imaging
  • Be innovative and reflective in practice

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.

Clinic work placements

As a learner in the NZ Diploma in Veterinary Nursing you must complete 240 hours of clinic work placements as set by the Programme Coordinator and Workplace Coordinator. 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 you are 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 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 the rights and responsibilities of each party involved in the work placements.


There is one entry date per year:

  • February


Entry requirements

English language entry requirements

Entry with credit

International entry requirements

Your future career and study opportunities

Your study pathway could progress onto the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing.

Possible jobs and career opportunities may include:

  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Veterinary Sales Representative
  • Nutritional Sales Representative
  • Animal Welfare Officer
  • Animal Technician

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.