Content Navigation Accessibility Search Skip to Site Map

New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Veterinary Nurse Assistant)

Voluntary regulation is here for the allied veterinary professional industry, which includes veterinary nurse assistants, veterinary nurses and rural animal technicians. The time for experienced staff without qualifications to have their skills recognised is now.

Are you a veterinary nurse and veterinary nurse assistant?

The New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology, Veterinary Nursing assistant (Previously this qualification was the National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing) is awarded to students with recognised knowledge and skills as an experienced practitioner in the field of veterinary nursing assistant. People with relevant, substantial experience and learning may be able to obtain all or part of this qualification via Independent Learning Pathways (ILP) through Capable NZ. Usually applicants are in current relevant employment or practicing in their chosen field

How can Capable NZ help you get a New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology, Veterinary Nursing Assistant

There are two pathways for experienced adults to gain a New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology, Veterinary Nursing Assistant. These are Independent Learning Pathways (ILP) and Work-based Learning (WBL). Generally, the more experienced you are in your field, the more likely it is that ILP will be the most direct route to your desired qualification. However, if there are any gaps in your knowledge and skills, then WBL (or a mixture of both pathways) may be the best option. We will identify the right pathway for you during the initial assessment of your background and application.

In both pathways, skilled facilitators help you explore your own experiential learning, taking an holistic, integrated view of the expected outcomes in the graduate profile of this qualification. In this innovative process, you will identify, demonstrate, articulate and reflect upon the understandings and skills you have developed through your work and other relevant learning experiences. This is an opportunity to explore all aspects of work (paid and unpaid) and shape these into a Practice Framework.

Want to know more about the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology, Veterinary Nursing Assistant?

As a graduate of the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology, Veterinary Nursing assistant you will be self-aware, motivated, flexible and an evidence-informed practitioner. You will grow in understanding of your veterinary nursing skills and competencies whilst continuing to learn through the ILP process, and be able to contribute to the development of new knowledge and to your profession. Displaying well-developed critical thinking capabilities, you will employ creative skills and apply them in an organised approach to problem solving.

You will demonstrate a regard for social responsibility and sustainable practice, as well as an awareness of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in a companion animal veterinary clinic context. Your abilities as an effective communicator will enable you to initiate, inspire, guide and reward the work of others. As a graduate of the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology, Veterinary Nursing Assistant, you will be working effectively as a learner, and have developed a cohesive integrated model of practice inclusive of professional standards and reflective practice.  On completion of the New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology, Veterinary Nursing Assistant you will be eligible to go on the voluntary list held by the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association and will have the prerequisite qualification to be eligible to enrol in the New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing, which is required to be able to register as a veterinary nurse on the voluntary register.