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What will I learn?

This programme is for those with previous animal handling experience who wish to work in a veterinary-related field or in a veterinary clinic. Students will develop skills in the care, management, handling, and nursing of a range of companion animals. This programme is the first year of a two-year veterinary nursing programme.

Students will gain 240 hours of work experience made up of rotations through Wintec's teaching surgery, in veterinary clinics, and in animal health related businesses and charities.

Successful completion of this programme is required to advance to the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6) to become a veterinary nurse.

Please note: There are limited spaces available in this programme.

Career/Further Opportunities

Graduates will be able to provide assistance to veterinarians and veterinary nurses in a veterinary clinic, and perform some tasks independently.

This programme comprises Year 1 of a two year veterinary nursing programme. Students wishing to become a qualified veterinary nurse and who complete the Veterinary Nursing Assistant programme may progress to the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6).

Which department am I in?

Centre for Applied Science and Primary Industries

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$23,225.00 (US$ 16,603) per year
Start date

February 2022


Rotokauri Campus

Student Hub,

51 Akoranga Rd,



3200, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)​

60 credits at NCEA Level 2; including 12 literacy credits at NCEA level 2; and 12 numeracy credits at NCEA level 1; and 12 credits in a science subject at NCEA level 1;
Or a recognised equivalent.

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

Completed a relevant course at New Zealand qualification level 3; ​
Or a recognised equivalent. ​

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an academic International English Language Test Score (IELTS) of 6.0, with no individual band score lower than 5.5; or equivalent

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.