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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 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 Student Selection Sub-Committee, which will include consideration of academic performance, non-academic performance, and relevant experience.

3. Candidates seeking admission or re-admission into the Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Technology after Part One of the professional phase will be ranked in accordance with the criteria outlined under the Progression 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) a Pre-Selection Phase, and then Part One, Part Two and Part Three in the professional phase;

(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 for a subject or course 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) will preclude candidates from entry into Part Two and failure to complete practical requirements of Regulation 8(b) will preclude candidates from entry into Part Three.

Student Progression

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

11. The Academic Board (or its delegate) may admit any candidate to a supplementary assessment in a subject or subjects in which the candidate failed to gain a pass, in accordance with the BVetTech Supplementary Assessment Policy.

12. The Academic Board may grant students a compensated pass with a C- grade for any one course in light of their overall performance for the year, where either of the following conditions apply:

(a) only one course in the year is failed with an overall mark of at least 48% and at least a C+ grade pass has been obtained in all other courses in the year; or

(b) for an assessment with a compulsory minimum mark, the attained mark is no more than 2 percentage points below the minimum required, at least a C+ grade has been obtained for all other assessments for that course, and the minimum marks have been achieved in all other courses that year.

13. Candidates must re-enrol in consecutive academic years unless approved in writing by the Programme Director.

Completion Requirements

14. A candidate's programme of study may not exceed 5 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. Extensions granted will appear on the candidate's academic record.

15. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the 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

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

(a) failure to pass any 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 16(a) or 16(b) will only be re-admitted to the Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Technology with approval of the Academic Board under such conditions as it may determine.

17. Breaches of professional conduct: For candidates enrolled in the Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Technology, any one of the following may lead to exclusion from that programme:

(a) being subject to criminal charges; or

(b) being subject to disciplinary proceedings of the University or of a professional body; or

(c) significant or repeated breaches of the Veterinary Student Code of Conduct.

Transitional Provisions

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in Part I regulations for the degree, candidates who commenced study towards the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology prior to 1 January 2020 may substitute courses already taken towards the qualification for courses at the same level in the qualification schedule, and 122.222 for 122.106. These transition arrangements expire 31 December 2023.

21. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in Part I regulations for the degree, candidates who commenced study towards the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology prior to 1 January 2020 and fail to pass a Part Two 200-level course may substitute the new Part Two 200-level course equivalent to the failed course. These transition arrangements expire 31 December 2023.

22. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in Part I regulations for the degree, candidates who commenced study towards the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology prior to 1 January 2020 and fail to pass a Part Three 300-level course may substitute the new Part Three 300-level course equivalent to the failed course. These transition arrangements expire 31 December 2023.

Schedule for the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology

Schedule A: Subjects for Examination

Pre-Selection Phase

123.104 Chemistry for Biological Systems15 credits
R 123.101, 123.171

124.103 Biophysical Principles15 credits
R 160.101, 160.102, 160.103, 160.104, 160.105, 160.111, 160.112, 160.132, 160.133, 124.100, 124.104, 124.105, 124.111

162.101 Cell Biology15 credits

199.103 Animals and the Environment15 credits
R 199.101

Professional Phase

Part One courses

122.106 Veterinary Biochemistry15 credits
R 122.102, 122.222, 227.106, 227.111

193.105 Veterinary Technology Practical Experience and Farm Training0 credits
R 193.125

193.107 Animal Behaviour and Welfare for Veterinary Technologists15 credits

193.124 Anatomy for Veterinary Technologists15 credits

194.109 Physiology for Veterinary Technologists15 credits

Part Two courses

117.254 Principles of Animal Science and Production15 credits
P 194.101 or 199.101 or 119.154 or 117.152

122.222 Biochemistry for Technology15 credits

193.204 Pathology for Veterinary Technologists15 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 Equipment15 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 Animals15 credits
P 193.103, 193.122, 193.124, 194.101, (119.155 or 247.155), (193.125 or 193.105)

193.212 Veterinary Medical Nursing15 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 Technologists15 credits
P 193.103, 193.122, 193.124, 194.101, (119.155 or 247.155), (193.125 or 193.105)

193.219 Surgery and Imaging15 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 Experience0 credits
P 193.103, 193.122, 193.124, 194.101, (119.155 or 247.155), (193.125 or 193.105)

Part Three courses

193.301 Veterinary Biostatistics and Epidemiology for Veterinary Technologists15 credits
C 193.306

193.303 Advanced Clinical Studies15 credits
C 193.306

193.306 Integrative Studies for Veterinary Technologists60 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

117.243 Animal Reproduction and Lactation in Livestock 15 credits
P One of 117.152, 117.153, 117.155 or 194.101 R 117.254

117.302 Monogastric Animal Nutrition 15 credits
P 117.201 or 117.202 R 117.342

117.342 Animal Nutrition15 credits
P 117.254

193.304 Animal Welfare Emergency Management15 credits
P 193.204 or 130.202 or 117.2xx or 119.2xx or 112.2xx

286.101 Equine Production15 credits
R 117.154, 117.257

286.201 Equine Production 15 credits
P One of 117.152, 117.153, 117.155 or 194.101 R 286.101

286.211 Equine Reproduction and Breeding15 credits
R 117.258

286.221 Structure and Function of the Equine Athlete15 credits
P 119.154 or 286.131 or 117.161 or 214.171 R 117.259

286.222 The Equine Lower Limb15 credits
P 117.161 or 286.131 or 117.154 or 286.101 R 117.171, 117.260

286.251 Equine Behaviour, Training and Welfare15 credits
P One of 119.154, 234.120 or 286.131

286.301 The Equine Lower Limb 15 credits
P 286.201 R 286.222

286.321 Responses to Training in the Equine Athlete15 credits
P 286.221

Large Animal Track

117.303 Ruminant Animal Nutrition 15 credits
P 117.201 or 117.202 R 117.342

117.342 Animal Nutrition15 credits
P 117.254

117.345 Genetics for Livestock Improvement15 credits
P 117.245 or 117.254 or 203.202

117.347 Reproductive and Lactational Physiology15 credits
P 117.254

117.371 Animal Production15 credits
P One of 117.201, 117.202 or 117.254 R 117.346, 117.351, 117.352, 117.353, 117.354, 117.355

117.381 Solving Problems in Animal Production15 credits
P One of 117.201, 117.202 or 117.254

193.304 Animal Welfare Emergency Management15 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 Management15 credits

115.112 Accounting for Business15 credits
R 115.102

115.115 Management in Context15 credits
R 115.108

115.116 Introduction to Marketing15 credits
R 115.104

152.232 Small Business Management15 credits

193.304 Animal Welfare Emergency Management15 credits
P 193.204 or 130.202 or 117.2xx or 119.2xx or 112.2xx

Small Animal Track

117.361 Companion Animal Science15 credits
P 117.202 or 117.254

193.304 Animal Welfare Emergency Management15 credits
P 193.204 or 130.202 or 117.2xx or 119.2xx or 112.2xx

193.305 Advanced Animal Behaviour15 credits
P 193.212 or 117.255 or 175.102 or 199.101 or 286.251

194.241 Physiological Control Systems15 credits
P 194.101

194.242 Physiology of Mammalian Organ Systems15 credits
P 194.101 or 117.155

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