Get a Taste for Telford!

Discover what it’s like to live and learn at Telford.

Telford Taster Camps are 3 action packed days with tons of hands on experiences.

If you like working with your hands and are interested in agriculture, rural veterinary tech or equine then this is for you!

Taster Camp Dates: 2021 dates to be advised
(Camps are run during the school term breaks, so that prospective students can experience first-hand what life is like on campus)

For more information email or call us on 0800 835 367

Personal Details
I wish to attend Taster Camp
08-12 Dec 2020
Current year of study
I am interested in
Rural Veterinary Technician
Parent/guardian consent *Students under 18 must have parent/guardian consent

Once your application is submitted, we will contact you (or your parent/guardian if under 18) for consent and payment. If you’re accepted, an acceptance letter will be sent to you with further information. You must advise Telford staff about your arrival so that we can collect you from either Dunedin Airport or Balclutha bus station. Teachers / parents may be hosted for free in exchange for mentoring a group of students. Please contact Telford for more information:

We offer great courses for anyone interested in starting out their career in farming and agriculture! You will learn about farming, fencing and machinery skills to be able to assist in the management of all aspects of the farming operation.

Throughout the year you’ll study sheep, beef, dairy and deer farming systems, and undertake work experience and field trips to a variety of different farms. Many students are offered employment as a result of their work experience.

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This programme is ideal for people an interest in the health and handling of large animals from a veterinary perspective. Rural Veterinary Technicians (RVT) graduates are qualified to enter employment as rural veterinary technicians, farmers, scientists and stock managers of large animals such as horses, cattle, deer, goats, alpaca etc.

Telford offers small classes with a hands-on training emphasis. Students develop their skills on the Telford farm and gain practical experience with vets in the surrounding areas. This equips graduates with industry best-practice knowledge and skills. 

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Our Equine focused courses will teach you about the stabling, care and exercise of horses in the Sporthorse industry. You will also learn how to safely and effectively carry out activities involving vehicles, machinery and infrastructure with a special focus on equipment used in the equine industry.

Students complete theory and practical training most days in addition to handling and riding a range of horses.

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"I loved the taster camp. The taster helped confirm that Telford was the place for me."

Phoebe Cant

Certificate in Agriculture


"The taster was an awesome opportunity to come down to Telford and see what it's about and to meet new people who have the same interests as me."

Paige McNabb

Certificate in Agriculture


"Telford has given me a better understanding to the realities of working on a farm. One day I hope to manage a farm of my own."

Mihiora Waipouri

Certificate in Agriculture


"Studying at Telford has been a great opportunity and I have received heaps of help and support from everyone here."

Redginald Reihana

Certificate in Agriculture


About Telford

SIT’s Telford Campus is located 6 kilometres from Balclutha, South Otago in conjunction with a 900 hectare commercial sheep & dairy farm.

We offer certificate and diploma full-time programmes on campus in farming systems and animal production (sheep & dairy), sport horse, rural veterinary technician and agriculture. We also offer an expanding variety of part-time programmes through blended learning (e.g. project management, apiculture and wool technology), and SIT2LRN distance learning. Our affordable programmes give you the knowledge and skills to gain employment or to pathway to further study.

Contact Telford
Telford, PO BOX 6, Balclutha 9240