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New Zealand Certificate in Animal Technology (Level 5) with Strands in Rural Animal Technician

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Rotokauri Campus


This programme is for those seeking a career in a veterinary-related field, with rural animals.

Students will learn the skillset to work with agricultural and farm animals, and horses, under the guidance of our tutors and through 280 hours of work placement in a rural or mixed veterinary clinic. Students will learn everything from tending to sick and injured animals to docking, foot care, pregnancy testing, disease preventions, and how to assist herd owners in achieving breeding and production goals.

Students will attend lectures three days a week and undertake one day a week of practical work in the first semester. From the second half of the second semester, students will attend lectures two days a week, undertake practicals one day a week, and also have two days a week on work placement. There are blocks of days where there are no lectures so that students can complete work experience in the second semester.


  • Advanced Professional Practice
  • Rural Animal Disease Management and Prevention
  • Advanced Animal Health Procedures
  • Rural Animal Health and Husbandry
  • Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Farming and Pasture Systems
  • Animal Health Procedures
  • Advanced Animal Health Procedures
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology

Career/Further Opportunities

Graduates will be able to assist veterinarians in both large animal and/or mixed animal practices, and in the field; or work independently as a rural animal technician.

Entry criteria

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.

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.

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