Veterinary nursing in New Zealand is represented by the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association (NZVNA) which is subject to the Animal Nursing and Technology Board (ANTECH) of the New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA). Veterinary nurses hold either a National Certificate or Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. The National Certificate represents one year of formal training, while the National Diploma represents an additional two years with the National Certificate (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite. There have been ten providers of veterinary nursing education in New Zealand, six of which awarded the National Certificates (others offer their own local courses). Other available entry-level certificates include the National Certificate in Animal Care and the Certificate in Rural Animal Technology. In 2009, Massey University started a new degree - the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology. It is a 3-year degree graduating its first class in 2011. Veterinary nurses in New Zealand are not currently required to be registered with the government but an accreditation scheme is being explored. New Zealand veterinary nurses adopted a national work uniform in 2004, but its wear is optional.