- There are no academic entry requirements but we prefer that you have:
- NCEA Level 1 science/biology OR equivalent
- computer skills equivalent to NCEA Level 1
- an understanding of the animal-related and veterinary industry
- observed in a veterinary clinic or animal facility
- a commitment to animal welfare.
- You must have access to a computer, camera, video and the internet.
- You must complete the enrolment pack including the health and tetanus declaration
- You must take a copy of your current Criminal Convictions History to all animal related facilities when sourcing compulsory animal related facility work placements.
Upon application you must supply certified copies of proof of identity, academic records, proof of residency (where appropriate).
Upon enrolment (once you have received an Offer of Place), you must complete the Enrolment Pack Declaration including health and tetanus status, and apply for a declaration of criminal convictions history. This can be obtained free from The Ministry of Justice.
Once we receive your application, we'll let you know within ten working whether you have been accepted. All enrolments will be contingent on Criminal Convictions History.
You will study
You'll need to complete all of these courses during this programme.
|Introduction to Animal Care||3||10|
|Assist in maintaining the Animal Facility||3||15|
|Applied animal behaviour, husbandry, handling and welfare||3||15|
|Assist with the maintenance of animal health||3||15|
We're a leader in the provision of online education. You'll learn via online facilitated teaching sessions and discussion forums, as well as having access to online course resources and activities (written, audio and video).
Help is always on hand through our extensive support systems which include:
- One-on-one tutor support
- IT support.
Your work placements
You’ll need to complete a minimum of 40 hours of work placement time during this programme. These work placements must be sourced and managed by you.
You’ll need to organise access to animal-related facilities such as boarding kennels, catteries or regional SPCA’s (not veterinary clinics) once you have completed the first course. All work placements will ask to see a copy of your Criminal Convictions History report. This can be obtained free from http://www.justice.govt.nz/assets/Documents/Forms/request-by-individual.pdf
Please note: Whilst you don't need to provide us with evidence of your Covid-19 vaccination status to study this programme, please be aware that some placement providers may ask you for this.
All study is highly-structured, guided and self-directed and you will need to have good time management skills. As a part-time student, you should typically aim for around 15 hours of study per week. A full-time student should typically aim for around 30-40 hours of study per week including work experience. You will be required to engage with the online resources and activities, and complete assessments and work placements.
Health and safety
You will be given full training to minimise all programme-specific risks. Examples of risks associated with this programme are lifting, animal bites and scratches, zoonotic diseases, computers, chemicals, sharp instruments, electricity, fire, and mercury thermometers. We recommend that your tetanus injection status is up-to-date to attend work-placements and handle any animals in this programme.
Further study options
This qualification leads directly into the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) (Veterinary Nursing Assistant) for those that do not have the academic entry requirements. To complete the Level 5 qualification, you will need to study a further one year full-time (on campus or via online learning) or two years part-time via online learning.
- Compulsory shirt - $40 (approx.)
- Compulsory name badge - $15 (pin-back) or $18.50 (magnetic)
- Photocopy and printing costs for personal work and assessments
- Travel, accommodation (if required) and food costs associated with attendance at animal facility work placements
- Health and Safety require closed-in shoes
- You will also need access to a digital camera and a video camera/phone that can record video footage.
Student loans and allowances
For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It's important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw from your programme application or if it is unsuccessful.
While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.