Holly Kendrick, herself a qualified veterinarian nurse. will travel to Rarotonga soon with a group of student nurses who will work at the clinic short-term.
In addition to donating a large amount of much needed veterinary supplies, Kendrick says that together with the school of veterinary nursing, she wants to set up an annual scholarship programme that will enable a local student to complete the New Zealand certificate in Veterinary Nursing Assistance.
They will then have the option of completing the New Zealand diploma in veterinary nursing in the second year. The scholarship would cover all academic fees. Writing on Facebook page Rarotonga Community and Beyond, Kendrick said there were several possible ways prospective students could undertake their studies.
“Our programmes offer different delivery methods. Students can either study on campus with me in Dunedin, New Zealand. They will attend clinical placements in veterinary clinics and would have the opportunity to travel home to do clinical placement at Te Are Manu.
“We also offer distance learning, which sees a student complete much of their work on the internet.
“They would need to travel to New Zealand twice a year for a block course and would need to attend placement in a veterinary clinic which we would help to set up for them.
“The internet connection could be problematic with this option but should it be chosen, I will endeavour to get some support for funding.
“The other option would be they could study as a distance student anywhere in New Zealand. This might mean they could stay with family in Auckland, for instance, and attend a placement locally there.
“One of my goals is to help educate some local students so that Rarotonga will have its very own qualified veterinary nurses in the near future.”
Kendrick asked whether students would be interested in undertaking the studies or in becoming a veterinary nursing assistants or veterinary nurses.
She will be in Rarotonga in two weeks and asked anyone interested to contact her or visit her at Te Are Manu.
“More information on the programmes can be found at https://www.op.ac.nz/s…/natural-sciences/veterinary-nursing/,” Kendrick said.
Te Are Manu look forward to the help and offered services of Kendrick and her students, and are excited at the prospect of having qualified veterinary nurses located on the island in the future.
“We are hoping to train locals up, to ease the burden of always searching for foreign volunteers,” said Te Are Manu committee member, Patricia Barton.
“It would be great to offer employment to our (Cook Islands) locals and have local people looking after our animals.
“At the end of the day Te Are Manu is a clinic run locally; for the local animals – we would love nothing more than to have it fully staffed by local people,” Barton said.