2 years
Study mode
Tuition fee (entire course)
Foreign students
USD 27,216
NZD 40,780
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

Veterinary nursing is a growing profession. The introduction of increasingly sophisticated courses for veterinary nurses has raised their level of education, leading to greater responsibilities in the workplace. To develop the skills to work as a responsible and knowledgeable member of a veterinary team, this is the programme to choose. You'll gain knowledge of advanced veterinary and intensive care nursing, and develop practical skills and an understanding of their ethical and welfare implications. Find out how to educate clients on animal health issues, learn about preventative health clinics, and explore how to manage and promote a veterinary clinic. Highlights include:

  • A significant amount of clinical practice at:
    • The Unitec Veterinary Hospital
    • The Veterinary Specialist Group at Unitec's Mt Albert campus
    • An external veterinary clinic of your choice
    • The New Zealand Conservation Medicine Centre at Auckland Zoo (places limited)
    • The award-winning Unitec Simulated Veterinary Clinic.
  • Enables you to become a full member of the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association.
  • Lecturers who are experts in veterinary science, animal health and welfare, microbiology, genetics and animal behaviour, and who continue to work closely with industry.
  • Cross-credits towards the Bachelor of Applied Science (Animal Management and Welfare).

Entry Requirements

  • For Level 6 Diploma programmes applicants must have a total of 60 NCEA credits at level 2 in best 4 subjects, OR a maximum total of 16 in best 4 Sixth Form Certificate subjects, OR equivalent OR completion of an appropriate qualification at Level 3 or above.

Special Admission

  • Attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the diploma is to commence; AND 
  • Have provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a successful outcome in the qualification.

English Language Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).
  • International Students for whom English is not their First Language
    • Completion of NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) Academic Level 4;
    • An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
    • An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper-based Test) score of 550 (plus essay TWE of 5) OR  an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) score of 60 (plus writing score of 20);
    • Level B2 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
    • First Certificate in English (FCE) with a Pass at Grade B OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 52 or higher under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language;
    • Pearson Test of English (PToE) (Academic) with a score of 50;
    • City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) B2 Communicator with a score of 66.