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Joining the Register

Joining the Voluntary List/Register

Currently, all new and prospective entrants to the NZ Register/List must have a veterinary nursing related qualification approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Recognition of overseas qualifications to ensure they meet minimum standards in New Zealand can be completed through Capable NZ http://capable.nz/ .

It is envisaged that a reciprocal agreement between international registers may be possible at some stage in the future, but that is still some time away and depends on establishment of criteria to ensure overseas applicants are fit to practice in New Zealand.

Standards for entry to the NZ Register:
 

  • Holding a valid veterinary nursing based qualification (recognised by NZQA) that is a minimum of 2-years full time equivalent (e.g. NZDVN).
  • Completion of 20 hours of approved continuing education, per year.
  • Completion of 40 hours in clinical or academic veterinary nursing related practice per year.

Standards for entry to the NZ List:

  • Holding a valid veterinary nursing based qualification (recognised by NZQA) that is less than two years full time equivalent (e.g. NZCAT VNA or NZCAT RAT).
  • Completion of 20 hours of approved continuing education, per year.
  • Completion of 40 hours in clinical or academic veterinary nursing related practice per year.

Staying current on the NZ Register or List:

  • Annual completion of 20 hours continuing education,
  • Annual completion of 40 hours clinical or academic veterinary nursing practice.
  • Adhering to a minimum standard of conduct under the law.
Fees for Registration

There is currently no additional fee required for registration if the applicant is already a member of the NZVNA. If the applicant does not wish to become a member of the NZVNA, logging of CPD hours and verification of clinical hours will incur an administrative fee of $70.

In the future, a fee for registration will be imposed to help fund the immense costs involved in establishing standards and procedures that support self-regulation of allied veterinary professionals in New Zealand. It is envisaged that a fee will be imposed from January 2018, the exact amount to be announced later in 2017.
 

Overseas Applicants
 
We have a new process in place for graduates of UK and North American VN diploma/degree programmes. Applicants from other overseas countries can contact us to discuss other options at regulation@nzvna.org.nz
 
To apply for entrance to the NZ Register of Veterinary Nurses, email the following information to regulation@nzvna.org.nz:
 
1. A verified copy of your qualification/diploma,
2. The syllabus from the programme studied overseas,
3. A letter or link to the educational provider website where their RCVS (or other) accreditation is verifiable,
4. A letter of good standing from the RCVS register (or other state/national register). Even if you are no longer registered, we need to see proof that you exited their register on good terms.
5. A verified copy of your identification (e.g passport).
 
There is a NZ$60 (+ GST if applicable) application fee.
 
Payable to:
N.Z. Veterinary Nursing Assn
Westpac Johnsonville
03-0525-0246206-000
Reference: Your Surname and first initial, as listed in your application
Code: INTQUAL
 
In addition, you will need to be a member of NZVNA and provide proof of 40 clinical hours completed in 2017 as well as 20 continuing education hours completed in 2017, uploaded to the MyCPD portal on the NZVNA website.
key Member Benefits
  • NZVNA Journal
  • HR and OSH advice
  • Reduced Conference fees
  • SciQuest Veterinary Nursing Library
 
About us

The NZVNA strives to protect, promote and provide the highest standards of veterinary nursing care.

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