Otago Polytechnic

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Natural Sciences

Love working outdoors or with animals? If you're interested in science, agriculture, horticulture, biology or sport, Natural Sciences is for you!  

  • Veterinary Nursing

    Work with animals in veterinary practices, wildlife management, farms and zoos.


  • Horticulture

    Get real-world experience on orchards, vineyards, sports fields and farms.


  • Arboriculture

    Become a tree surgeon. Learn to prune, fell, transplant and maintain trees and shrubs.


  • Farming

    Gain the skills to work in high-country farming. Learn about farming systems, machinery and infrastructure.


  • Sports Turf Management

    Become a green-keeper or groundskeeper. Learn how to maintain golf courses, cricket pitches, sports grounds and artificial turf.


  • Bridging options

    Our bridging programmes give you the skills you need to succeed in your chosen field of study.


  • Capable NZ

    Working in the industry, but don’t have a qualification? We'll assess what you know against existing qualifications and give you academic credit.