What will I learn?

Become an essential part of a veterinary team in a clinic or hospital and provide surgical and medical veterinary nursing, and perform diagnostic sampling and medical imaging.

You will gain these skills by using our purpose built animal housing and simulated surgical suite. You will also spend time in veterinary clinics throughout New Zealand gaining valuable skills towards becoming a veterinary nurse.


This qualification will prepare you to be a veterinary nursing professional, providing you with the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to help animals attain, maintain or recover optimal health and quality of life. As a graduate you will also be able to practice sustainably and engage in on-going learning in the field.

This qualification is targeted at individuals who have already completed the NZ Certificate in Animal Technology (Veterinary Nursing Assistant) [Level 5], or equivalent and who seek to further their veterinary nursing education. This qualification will provide you with technical veterinary nursing skills in a clinical environment as well as the ability to manage patients and clients and follow protocols in all aspects of clinical veterinary practice.

The NZ Diploma in Veterinary Nursing recognises competence in a wide range of skills that enable you to become a functioning part of a veterinary team in a clinic or hospital through being able to:

  • Provide surgical veterinary nursing
  • Provide anaesthetic veterinary nursing
  • Provide medical veterinary nursing
  • Perform diagnostic sampling and medical imaging
  • Be innovative and reflective in practice

You are welcome to make an appointment to discuss your study options with our staff, either in person or by phone and also to visit at any time to view our facilities. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Your study pathway could progress onto the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing.

Possible jobs and career opportunities may include:

  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Veterinary Sales Representative
  • Nutritional Sales Representative
  • Animal Welfare Officer
  • Animal Technician

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$22,600.00 (US$ 16,020) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

14 February 2022


Eastern Institute of Technology

Hawke’s Bay Campus,

501 Gloucester Street,



4112, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Academic criteria required; Meet the NCEA Level 2, or provide evidence of achievement at an equivalent level. English Language requirements: IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0; TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); OET - Minimum of Grade C+ or 300 in all subtests; PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36; NZCEL Level 4 Academic.

For international students

Applicants must have successfully completed the NZ Certificate in Animal Technology (Veterinary Nursing Assistant) [Level 5]


National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing level 5 or equivalent.

Information Sharing Session

Applicants who meet academic entry may be required to attend an information sharing session if they have achieved their Level 5 qualification with a provider other than EIT. The purpose of this session is to share information about the programme and the applicant and communicate expectations regarding the programme.

Good Character Requirement

ALL applicants are required to provide a completed CRIMINAL DECLARATION Form.

EIT reserves the right to decline entry to the programme should an applicant’s police record be such that they would be considered unsuitable for veterinary nursing work. Applicants with convictions for dishonesty or drug offences will likely be considered.

English Language Entry Requirements

All applicants must demonstrate an acceptable level of English Language fluency prior to acceptance in the programme. English Language fluency can be verified by achievement of one of the following within the last two years:

• New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 4 (Academic)
• IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5
• PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
• International equivalents to IELTS accepted by NZQA or successful study of a programme in which English was the language of instruction (conditions apply)

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


About Eastern Institute of Technology

EIT is one of New Zealand’s leading tertiary institutes for applied learning and is consistently highly rated for its education.

  • A leading tertiary institute recognised by NZ MoE
  • Experienced lecturers who are experts in their fields
  • Modern, well-equipped campuses and facilities
  • Over 10,000 students across 3 regional campuses