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Animal Healthcare and Veterinary Nursing

Introduction to Te Pūkenga Animal Healthcare and Veterinary Nursing Programme Developments

Within the Institute of Technology and Polytechnic education sector (known as Te Pūkenga), we currently have multiple programmes leading to six different Animal Healthcare and Veterinary Nursing qualifications.  Te Pūkenga is looking to work collaboratively to develop one ‘unified’ programme for each qualification that will work for all.

The qualifications included in the “Animal Healthcare and Veterinary Nursing” suite are:

  • Animal Care Level 3 (Companion, Equine and Rural)
  • Animal Management Level 4 (Zoo, Fish, Amphibians and Reptiles, Canine Behaviour and Training, Companion Animal and Grooming (pending)
  • Animal Health Care Assisting Level 4 (Companion, Equine and Rural)
  • Veterinary Nursing Level 6 (Companion and Equine)
  • Rural Veterinary Technology Level 6
  • Animal Healthcare Technology Level 6 (Equine Dental Technician and Animal Rehabilitation)
What has happened so far?

In August and early September 2021, we informed our internal and external partners that we were intending to develop unified Te Pūkenga animal healthcare and veterinary nursing programmes. We also invited nominations from four different groups to join participate in the codesign phase of the development. These groups were:

  1. ākonga (learners),
  2. Te Pūkenga kaimahi (staff),
  3. employers/workforce,
  4. professional organisations.

Thanks to everyone who has put their hand up as a nominee for these reference groups. We appreciate the interest you have in this important mahi and we will be in touch shortly regarding next steps with this process.

What is coming up?

Throughout September four reference groups will be selected and established, with a particular focus on those who are under-served by the education system, including Māori, Pacific, and disabled learners.

The reference groups will then work through a codesign process with experienced codesign facilitators to develop ngā mātāpono (guiding concepts). These will become key threads embedded in all the animal healthcare and veterinary nursing programmes.

Throughout 2021 our Te Pūkenga animal healthcare and veterinary nursing programme development teams will be developing high level, flexible programme documents that incorporate these key threads. As we can we will share aspects of our programme documents with our partners to gain their feedback and thoughts.

In early 2022 we will undertake a process of consultation with our partners to gain feedback on the final draft programme documentation.

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