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Key to the tables

P Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete to a defined standard (or have waived) before your enrolment in another course is confirmed.

C Corequisite: Course(s) that must be completed in the same semester as another course, unless already passed or waived.

R Restriction: Similar courses, that cannot both be credited to the same qualification.

The Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Technology
BVetTech

Qualification Regulations

Part I

These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas, and Graduate Certificates.

Part II

Admission

The Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Technology consists of two phases, being a pre-selection phase followed by the professional phase.

1. Admission to the pre-selection phase of the Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Technology requires that the candidate will meet the University admission requirements as specified.

2. Entry to the professional phase is by selection in accordance with criteria established by the Veterinary Technology Student Selection Committee, which will include consideration of Grade (Point) Average over subjects of Part One or approved alternatives, an essay, and requires a minimum of 10 days assessed experience in a Veterinary Practice.

3. Candidates seeking admission or re-admission into the Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Technology after Part Two will be ranked in accordance with the criteria outlined under the Transfer and Re-Entry Policy for the Degree and may only be (re)admitted should sufficient places be available.

Qualification Requirements

4. Candidates for the Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Technology shall follow a parts-based programme of study, over at least 3 years, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 360 credits, comprising:

(a) Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four;

(b) completion of the requirements for a Track;

and including:

(c) no more than 165 credits at 100 level;

(d) at least 75 credits at 300 level.

The Bachelor of Veterinary Technology Parts are prescribed in the Schedule to the Degree.

5. Notwithstanding Regulation 4, a candidate who has satisfied the requirements in a subject at a university or other tertiary institution where, in the opinion of the Academic Board, the content and standard are substantially the same as for the Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Technology may, subject to the approval of, and under conditions required by, the Programme Director, be given credit for that subject.

6. Notwithstanding Regulation 4, a candidate who has been awarded the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing from Massey University may be cross-credited with courses at any level to a maximum of 150 credits. Further credit will only be awarded following surrender of the Diploma.

Specialisations

7. The Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Technology is awarded without specialisation.

Academic Requirements

8. Every candidate for the Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Technology shall perform to the satisfaction of the Academic Board, approved practical work in accordance with the following courses:

(a) 193.105 Veterinary Technology Practical Experience and Farm Training;

(b) 193.220 Veterinary Technology Clinical Experience;

(c) 193.306 Integrative Studies for Veterinary Technologists.

9. Failure to complete practical placement requirements of Regulation 8(a) and (b) will preclude candidates from entry into Part Four.

Student Progression

10. In order to progress from Part One to Part Two, Part Two to Part Three, or Part Three to Part Four a candidate must have passed all courses in the preceding Part.

11. The Academic Board may, under such conditions as it may determine and taking into account the recommendations of the examiners, admit any candidate to a supplementary examination where available in a course in which the candidate failed to gain a pass.

Completion Requirements

12. A candidate's programme of study may not exceed five years from the date of first enrolment in the professional phase of the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology, unless a specified time of suspension or extension has been approved by the Academic Board. Permission must be sought in advance of any suspension or extension by applying in writing to the Programme Director. Suspensions or extensions granted will appear on the academic record.

13. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes; candidates who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of Academic Board, be awarded an exit qualification should they meet the relevant qualification requirements.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

14. For candidates enrolled in the Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Technology, the following will lead to exclusion from that programme:

(a) failure to pass any 200 and 300 level course in which they have enrolled on two occasions;

(b) failure to complete the requirements of the degree within five years from the date of first enrolment in the professional phase of the degree;

(c) persons excluded under regulation 14(a) and 14(b) will only be re-admitted to the Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Technology with approval of Academic Board under such conditions as it may determine.

Transitional Provisions

15. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the degree, candidates who have completed at least 15 credits towards the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology (Management/Business track) prior to 1 January 2017 may be permitted to substitute a course or courses already completed for one or more of the following courses: 115.112, 115.115, 115.116. These transition arrangements expire 31 December 2021.

16. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the degree, all candidates who commenced study towards the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology prior to 1 January 2018 may substitute 193.125 for 193.105. These transition arrangements expire 31 December 2021.

Schedule for the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology

Schedule A: Subjects for Examination

Pre-Selection Phase

Part One courses

123.101 Chemistry and Living Systems 15 credits R 123.171
162.101 Biology of Cells 15 credits  
199.101 Biology of Animals 15 credits  
247.155 Communication in the Sciences 15 credits R 119.155, 119.177 or 247.177, 140.125, 140.150, 230.100, 230.111, 228.111, 141.111, 246.102

Professional Phase

Part Two courses

193.103 Animal Behaviour, Handling and Welfare 15 credits  
193.105 Veterinary Technology Practical Experience and Farm Training 0 credits P 123.101, 162.101, 199.101 C 193.103, 193.122, 193.124, 194.101 R 193.125
193.122 Principles and Practice of Veterinary Nursing 15 credits  
193.124 Comparative Anatomy for Veterinary Technologists 15 credits P 123.101, 162.101, 199.101 C 194.101
194.101 Essentials of Mammalian Biology 15 credits  

Part Three courses

117.254 Principles of Animal Science and Production 15 credits P 194.101 or 199.101 or 119.154 or 117.152
122.222 Biochemistry for Technology 15 credits  
193.204 Pathology for Veterinary Technologists 15 credits P 193.103, 193.122, 193.124, 194.101, (119.155 or 247.155), (193.125 or 193.105)
193.205 Anaesthetic Monitoring and Equipment 15 credits P 193.103, 193.122, 193.124, 194.101, (119.155 or 247.155), (193.125 or 193.105)
193.211 Infectious Diseases of Animals 15 credits P 193.103, 193.122, 193.124, 194.101, (119.155 or 247.155), (193.125 or 193.105)
193.212 Veterinary Medical Nursing 15 credits P 193.103, 193.122, 193.124, 194.101, (119.155 or 247.155), (193.125 or 193.105)
193.214 Pharmacology & Toxicology for Veterinary Technologists 15 credits P 193.103, 193.122, 193.124, 194.101, (119.155 or 247.155), (193.125 or 193.105)
193.219 Surgery and Imaging 15 credits P 193.103, 193.122, 193.124. 194.101, (119.155 or 247.155), (193.125 or 193.105) C 193.205, 193.204, 117.254
193.220 Veterinary Technology Clinical Experience 0 credits P 193.103, 193.122, 193.124, 194.101, (119.155 or 247.155), (193.125 or 193.105)

Part Four courses

193.301 Veterinary Biostatistics and Epidemiology for Veterinary Technologists
C 193.306
15 credits  
193.303 Advanced Clinical Studies 15 credits C 193.306
193.306 Integrative Studies for Veterinary Technologists 60 credits P 193.204, 193.205, 193.211, 193.212, 193.214, 193.219, 193.220, 117.254 and (122.102 or 122.222) R 193.302

and 30 credits from one of the tracks in Schedule B.

Schedule B

Equine Track

117.342 Animal Nutrition 15 credits P 117.254
193.304 Animal Welfare Emergency Management 15 credits P 193.204 or 130.202 or 117.2xx or 119.2xx or 112.2xx
286.101 Equine Production 15 credits R 117.154, 117.257
286.211 Equine Reproduction and Breeding 15 credits R 117.258
286.221 Structure and Function of the Equine Athlete 15 credits P 119.154 or 286.131 or 117.161 or 214.171 R 117.259
286.222 The Equine Lower Limb 15 credits P 117.161 or 286.131 or 117.154 or 286.101 R 117.171, 117.260
286.321 Responses to Training in the Equine Athlete 15 credits P 117.259 or 286.221 R 117.359

Large Animal Track

117.342 Animal Nutrition 15 credits P 117.254
117.345 Genetics for Livestock Improvement 15 credits P 117.254 or 203.202
117.347 Reproductive and Lactational Physiology 15 credits P 117.254
117.371 Animal Production 15 credits P 117.254 R 117.346, 117.351, 117.352, 117.353, 117.354, 117.355
117.381 Solving Problems in Animal Production 15 credits P 117.254
193.304 Animal Welfare Emergency Management 15 credits P 193.204 or 130.202 or 117.2xx or 119.2xx or 112.2xx

Management/Business Track

114.241 Principles of Human Resources Management 15 credits  
115.112 Accounting for Business 15 credits R 115.102
115.115 Management in Context 15 credits R 115.108
115.116 Introduction to Marketing 15 credits R 115.104
152.232 Small Business Management 15 credits  
193.304 Animal Welfare Emergency Management 15 credits P 193.204 or 130.202 or 117.2xx or 119.2xx or 112.2xx

Small Animal Track

117.361 Companion Animal Science 15 credits P 117.254.
193.304 Animal Welfare Emergency Management 15 credits P 193.204 or 130.202 or 117.2xx or 119.2xx or 112.2xx
193.305 Advanced Animal Behaviour 15 credits P 193.212 or 117.255 or 175.102 or 199.101 or 286.251
194.241 Physiological Control Systems 15 credits P 194.101
194.242 Physiology of Mammalian Organ Systems 15 credits P 194.101

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