Programme documentation and feedback

Te Pūkenga subsidiaries (institutes of technology and polytechnics, and transitional industry training organisations) have worked collaboratively with ākonga (learners), kaimahi, industry and workforce partners to design and develop one unified programme for each of the following Animal Healthcare and Veterinary Nursing qualifications:

  1. 2487  New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Level 3) with strands in Companion Animals, Equine, and Rural Animals
  2. 2489  New Zealand Certificate in Animal Management (Level 4) with strands in Canine Behaviour and Training; Companion Animals; Fish, Amphibians and Reptiles; and Zookeeping. Please note that work is currently also underway for the Pet Grooming strand.
  3. 4388 New Zealand Certificate in Animal Healthcare Assisting (Level 4) with strands in Companion Animal Healthcare, Equine Healthcare, and Rural Animal Healthcare
  4. 4389 New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6) with strands in Companion Animal Veterinary Nursing, and Equine Veterinary Nursing
  5. 4391 New Zealand Diploma in Rural Animal Veterinary Technology (Level 6)

The unified programmes will be delivered by our Te Pūkenga institutes of technology or polytechnics that currently offer similar programmes, from 2023, subject to approval and accreditation. 

We have now closed consultation and are making programme updates in response to the feedback.  We will then work through the final stages of approval and accreditation.