National Diploma in Veterinary Nursing

Southern Institute of Technology
Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand
Study mode
Full-time, Part-time
1 year
Tuition fee (local)
Information not available
Tuition fee (foreign)
USD 9,660

Entry Requirements

  • Completion of either the National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing or completion of the SIT Certificate in Veterinary Nursing, or demonstration of the equivalent skills or knowledge. Plus submission of a brief resume, or curriculum vitae.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, must provide evidence of achieving an IELTS Academic English language test overall score of 5.5.


  • Provide intensive post operative care for an animal
  • Manage a hospitalised animal patient
  • Manage a breeding programme for companion animals
  • Respond to client requests for advice on companion animal breeding
  • Provide specialist care for paediatric companion animal patients and the mother
  • Collect, prepare and examine blood samples from animals
  • Collect and carry out routine examinations on faecal samples from animals
  • Collect and carry out routine examinations on urine samples from animals
  • Examine an animal for ectoparasites, collect and examine samples
  • Take radiographs of animals and process
  • Supervise monogastric animal feeding, respond to client requests for advice
  • Induct new staff into the animal facility
  • Provide emergency first aid for companion animals in the absence of the veterinarian
  • Conduct preventative health clinics for companion animals
  • Manage an animal nursing clinic and carry out client services
  • Assist in the collection and storage of blood and administration of a blood transfusion to an animal
  • Set up an intravenous drip, manage an animal while on fluid therapy
  • Nurse hospitalised cage birds
  • Nurse geriatric animals
  • Nurse animal patients with specific medical conditions
  • Nurse animal patients with an infectious disease
  • Nurse an intensive care animal patient
  • Nurse an orthopaedic animal patient
  • Perform manual dental scaling and ultrasonic dental scaling on small animals
  • Set up and maintain an electrocautery unit, assist with electrocauterisation of animals
  • Respond to and manage routine problems of animal behaviour 
  • Business Studies
  • Prepare payroll and related employment administration records
  • Be assertive in a range of specified situations
  • Present and defend an argument orally
  • Give oral instructions in the workplace
  • Prepare PAYE, ACC levies, FBT and GST returns
  • Analyse and apply principles of communication process theory

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