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“I liked the way that the classes were real life and we ended up with a large range of animal handling and treatment experiences.“

Sarah Morahan - Telford Certificate for Rural Animal Technicians, 2014; Telford Certificate in Equine Level 3 + 4, 2012


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Diploma for Rural Veterinary Technicians (level 5)

Why study with Telford?

Telford – a Division of Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre – can provide you with a sound balance of knowledge and skills with a rural focus, to apply to career opportunities in the rural sector, or further study.

Telford campus is situated on 921 hectares of rolling, South Otago farmland with sheep and beef, dairy, deer and equine units, including 60 hectares of forestry. All classrooms and learning areas are within two minutes’ walk from the student halls of residence.
Telford offers small classes with a ‘hands on’ training emphasis. Six weeks of the course will be spent on work experience; four weeks of this will have to be sourced by the students.
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Programme Content

Rural Veterinary Technicians assist veterinarians in large animal practice.
During the year you will develop a range of competencies including:

  • Rural animal handling and production
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Disease establishment, prevention, treatment and control
  • Rural animal reproduction
  • Parasitology
  • Common surgical procedures
  • General business practices
  • Work ethics and professional behaviour    

 Full Prescription for Dip RVT Courses 

Career Opportunities

On successful completion of this programme, graduates will be able to work competently as rural animal technicians in a veterinary practice. They could also gain entry level employment in allied sectors such as dairy farming/manufacturing, retail outlets, animal research, artificial breeding services and TB testing. High performing graduates may pursue higher education and become technologists or professionals in the animal science field. 


Diploma for Rural Veterinary Technicians (Level 5).


One academic year (37 weeks); starting February

Entry Requirements

The applicant must have completed four years of secondary school and achieved NCEA Level 2 with NCEA Science (level 1) and at least 12 credits in Chemistry and/or Biology at NCEA level 2 or equivalent.

  • The applicant must be at 18 years or over.
  • Prospective students must be physically and medically fit to manage the work without putting self and/or others at risk, and have adequate level of literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Places are limited so there may be an interview as part of the selection process.
  • If English is not your first language you will be required to provide evidence of competency through a test approved by Lincoln University, for example an overall IELTS test score of 6.0 overall band score, with no individual component less than 5.5.


Telford Campus – Balclutha, South Otago

Accommodation –Telford Campus

Five and seven day boarding is available in our on-campus hall of residence.

Course Fees

Domestic students 


Correspondence Courses

Telford has a wide variety of part-time correspondence courses. Visit us at an expo, or come for a campus tour or enrol in Telford’s Taster Week. For more information please call us on 0800 835 367 (0800 TELFORD)