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Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) with strands in Rural Animal Technician, and Veterinary Nursing Assistant
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 5
Credits 120
Subject Area
  • Health » Veterinary Studies » Veterinary Assisting
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to prepare individuals as either a veterinary nursing assistant or rural animal technician by providing them with the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to help assist veterinarians and veterinary nurses in a companion animal practice and veterinarians in a rural veterinary practice.

This qualification is targeted at people with previous animal handling experience who wish to work in a veterinary related field or in a veterinary clinic with either companion or rural animals.

The animal industry will benefit by having graduates qualified with skills to allow them to be ready to work in a veterinary clinic or independently as a rural animal technician, under the direction of a veterinarian.

Graduates of the rural animal technician strand will be able to assist a veterinarian in large animal or mixed practice and in the field or work independently as a rural animal technician.

Graduates of the veterinary nursing assistant strand will be able to provide assistance to veterinarians and veterinary nurses in a veterinary clinic and perform some tasks independently.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Work in client business interface of animal related facility

Graduates of the Rural Animal Technician strand will also be able to:
- Maintain animal health and husbandry of animals in a rural environment
- Perform technical tasks for the maintenance of animal health and welfare in a rural setting
- Apply knowledge of pharmacology and current law, to dispense and administer animal remedies
- Collect and/or test diagnostic samples and/or prepare samples for dispatch

Graduates of the Veterinary Nursing Assistant strand will also be able to:
- Maintain animal health and husbandry of animals in a veterinary clinic
- Care for hospitalized patients
- Assist in surgery preparation and anaesthesia
- Assist with routine diagnostic procedures
Education pathways
This qualification may build on the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Management (Level 4) [Ref: 2489] or the National Certificate in Education Achievement (Level 2) [Ref: 0973] or the National Certificate in Education Achievement (Level 3) [Ref: 1039].

The Veterinary Nursing Assistant strand of this qualification is a prerequisite to the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6) [Ref: 2491].
Employment pathways
Graduates of this qualification may be employed as veterinary nursing assistants or rural animal technicians working with companion or rural animals.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
For the Rural Animal Technician and Veterinary Nursing Assistant strands:
- Students should be able to demonstrate previous experience working with animals, and an aptitude for working with the public.
1. Suitable experience includes: 3 or more days observing in a veterinary clinic for the VNA and technician strands or equivalent.
2. An aptitude for working with the public may include reference from an employer where the prospective student has worked with the public (e.g. retail), reference from a teacher attesting to social skills.

For those people entering this qualification the following entry requirements apply:
- have completed 60 NCEA credits at level 2
- have a minimum of 12 NCEA credits in English at Level 2 and 12 credits in Maths at level 1; and 12 credits of relevant science at level 1
or
- the equivalent tertiary study
or
- meet the education provider's requirements for the equivalent numeracy and literacy standards.

This qualification, with the veterinary nursing assistant qualifier leads to the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6) [Ref: 2491].
Education Organisation 12 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Primary Industry Training Organisation
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2490
Status Current
Created February 2015
Next Review December 2020
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