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, clinic or hospital and provide surgical and medical veterinary nursing, manage nursing services; and perform diagnostic sampling and medical imaging.

This programme is offered online with 2 weeks of compulsory block courses in the lovely Hawke’s Bay.  Full-time and part-time study options available.

Our purpose built animal facility and simulated surgical suite will support your learning.  You will also spend time in veterinary clinics of your choice gaining valuable skills to become a veterinary nurse.



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

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

Subject areas include:

  • Anaesthesia and analgesia
  • Surgical nursing
  • Diagnostics
  • Medical nursing
  • Management of veterinary nursing services.

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

Possible jobs and career opportunities may include:

  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Medical/Veterinary Sales Representative
  • Nutritional Representative
  • Animal Welfare Officer
  • Animal Technician.



There is one entry point per year:

  • February


Entry requirements

International 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.

Find out more:

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.