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.


In New Zealand, qualified veterinary nurses are in high demand.


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.

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

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


There is one entry date per year:

  • February


Entry Requirements

English Language Entry Requirements

Entry with Credit

International Entry Requirements

Academic Learning Services

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We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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