Dunedin’s Otago Polytechnic is partnering with the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) to
deliver a South Island first; students can now obtain a Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing thanks to this latest collaboration effort. Previously, Unitec in Auckland was the only other education provider to offer a bachelor’s degree in the subject, whilst EIT and Otago Polytech only offered up to an NZ Diploma in Veterinary Nursing, meaning locals would often have to travel and move away in order to pursue the degree and further study.
Francesa Brown, head of programmes at Otago Polytechnic School of Veterinary Nursing, said, “We’re delighted to partner with EIT to provide more options for South Islanders, and for all previous graduates of Otago Polytechnic who wish to continue their relationship with us as they complete their veterinary nursing degree.”
The third year and final year of the Bachelor programme will be delivered online in block courses, from Napier in the North, and Dunedin in the South, so you even can stay based in Wānaka whilst obtaining a world-class degree.
Whilst the programme is a collaborative effort by both Otago Polytechnic and EIT, students will graduate with an EIT degree. Upper Clutha experiences so much “brain-drain” due to opportunities not being offered in the South, it’s initiatives like these that help our community to grow and thrive and keep the next generation close to home.