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Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Starts: 27 February, 2017

Duration: Up to 24 months

Effort: Up to 16 hours per week with 8 hours per week work placement

Price: $5,152 (each unit at $224)

National recognised training Course code: ACM40412

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

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If you dream of a career as a veterinary nurse but you can’t make it to regular classes, this self-paced online course could be perfect for you. It’s also a great choice if you're already employed as a veterinary nurse and you want to update your skills and or gain recognised qualifications.

In this course you learn to provide expert veterinary nursing care to sick and injured animals. You’ll develop the skills and knowledge you need to work in a variety of situations with minimal supervision. You’ll learn invaluable communication skills that will enable you to support owners with empathy and compassion, and provide after-care advice and instructions for animals recovering from surgery or other treatments.

Just some of the areas that you'll cover in your training include: patient admission and discharge, office procedures, radiography, anaesthetics, pathology, surgery, dental procedures, nursing animals and providing animal care advice the public. Electives available include enrichment for animals, training advice for companion animal owners and animal nutrition.

While you are enrolled in this course, it is essential that you have access to a veterinary workplace for at least two week days (16 hours) per week, either through paid employment or voluntary work experience. This workplace exposure will present you with many opportunities to practise your new skills and complete your assessments. It will also help you to develop your network of industry contacts and build up your CV.

Course outcomes and careers

Veterinary Nurse.

Articulation

After achieving this qualification you may be eligible to do:

  • ACM50212 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Surgical)
  • ACM50312 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Dental)
  • ACM50412 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Emergency and Critical Care)
  • ACM50512 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice)
  • qualifications relating to captive animals, companion animal services or
  • animal technology.

Expected outcomes

This Qualification is the industry Qualification for persons operating as veterinary nurses within veterinary clinics.

Candidates should expect that access to a veterinary clinic whilst undertaking study for this qualification will be essential for meeting assessment requirements. Access may be through either paid employment or substantial periods of work placement or work experience blocks. Candidates undertaking equine elective units will require access to work experience and/or employment within an equine veterinary clinic or hospital. Work experience must be at least 16 hours per week with full time study arranged before class start.

Licensing/Regulatory information

There is a direct link between this qualification and approval to perform veterinary nursing duties under the Western Australian (WA) Veterinary Surgeons Act 1960 as amended. The WA Veterinary Surgeons Board must approve qualified persons to carry out the duties of veterinary nurses and must authorise persons enrolled in approved courses to perform the duties of trainee veterinary nurses.
Candidates should confirm the regulatory requirements that apply in their relevant state or territory. In addition, individual Units of Competency may specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements.

This course is offered online so you can study at your own pace. You are able to enrol and pay for single units at a time to suit your individual circumstances. 

Entry requirements

Completion of Certificate II Animal Studies is a pre-requisite for admission to this course.

Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:    

  • after achieving ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • vocational training and/or work experience related to veterinary nursing. 

Please contact us if you are interested in commencing Cert IV Veterinary Nursing but do NOT have a Certificate II Animal Studies.


Before you can enrol in nationally-recognised training in Australia, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier Number (USI). This includes students completing an apprenticeship or skill-set certificate or diploma course.
Number Subject name
ACMVET402A Apply imaging routines
ACMGAS205A Assist in health care of animals
ACMVET203A Assist with surgery preparation
ACMVET202A Carry out daily clinic routines
ACMVET407A Carry out medical nursing routines
ACMVET405A Carry out surgical nursing routines
ACMVET410A Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures
ACMVET201A Carry out veterinary nursing reception duties
ACMINF301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work
ACMWHS301A Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
ACMVET408A Coordinate and perform theatre routines
ACMVET401A Coordinate patient admission and discharge
ACMGAS204A Feed and water animals
ACMACR403A Identify and respond to animal behaviour
ACMGAS301A Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
ACMVET406A Nurse animals
ACMGAS202A Participate in workplace communications
ACMVET404A Perform clinic office procedures
ACMVET403A Perform clinic pathology procedures
ACMGAS303A Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
ACMSPE311A Provide basic care of non-venomous reptiles
ACMGAS302A Provide enrichment for animals
ACMVET409A Provide specific animal care advice
ACMGAS208A Source information for animal care needs

Your course fee depends on the qualification level of the course you choose and the course itself, and:

  • whether you have completed a previous qualification and what type of qualification it was
  • whether you live in NSW and are an Australian citizen or permanent resident; or you are an international student or temporary resident
  • whether you’re offered a Government subsidised (Smart and Skilled) or full-fee place.

There are various concessions or exemptions available for eligible students as well as opportunities to receive financial assistance.

See here for more information about fees, payments and refunds.

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Minimum Browser Requirement

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Browser

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  • Chrome  v30.0 or later

  • Safari v6.0 or later

  • Internet Explorer v9.0 or later

  • Firefox v25.0 or later

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  • Internet Explorer v9.0 or later

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NVDA

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Multi Devices Support

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Services and support

Get the most out of your studies with specialised support to meet your study goals. From career counseling, to learning support, child care and disability support, Sydney TAFE offers a broad range of student support services to help you every step of the way.

FAQ

FAQ - Enrolments

How do I enrol in TAFE for an online course?

All enrolments happen via the website - click on the enrol / apply button and follow the instructions. If you need assistance with the process, you may wish to contact the course enrolment centre or send an email - the details are on the website

Are there Sydney TAFE applications for online courses?

For Diploma level courses you are required to apply first before enrolling. Also, some courses require prospective students to provide additional information like a portfolio - these details are found in the course description and application information.

Are there Sydney TAFE applications for online courses?

For Diploma level courses you are required to apply first before enrolling. Also, some courses require prospective students to provide additional information like a portfolio - these details are found in the course description and application information.

Is there a limit Sydney TAFE enrolments for online courses?

Teachers set a maximum number of enrolments that can be accepted into a course.

Is the Sydney TAFE enrol procedure the same as Sydney TAFE Online enrol procedure?

Yes.

Where do I find Sydney TAFE online enrolments dates?

The website provides all the enrolment dates. If there is no date, it is advisable to fill in the online form and you will be contacted about when the next intake of the course will be open for enrolments.

FAQ - Career advice

Is there career guidance at Sydney TAFE?

Yes, there is free career advice available. If you are thinking of enrolling at Sydney TAFE, our counsellors can help you with: making good course choices; planning your career and re-training; how to apply for credit to gain entry to a course or reduce the time spent finishing a course; and other concerns or questions about returning to study. More information here.

Is there free counselling for Sydney TAFE students?

Yes, there is free counselling available. Sydney TAFE Counsellors are available at every stage of your learning journey with us. See Learning support and Personal counselling for more information about how a TAFE Counsellor may assist you.

How do I get free legal advice as a Sydney TAFE student?

Yes, free legal advice is available to members of the Student Association.

Are Sydney TAFE courses career orientated?

Yes. Courses are constantly fine-tuned after consultation with industry so you learn real-world skills.

FAQ - Fees

Can I get a Sydney TAFE fee exemption?

Some students are eligible for an exemption from paying fee, including:

1.) Students who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and are studying at any level

2.) People with a disability.

3.) Dependent children, spouses or partners of a Disability Support Pension recipients.

What about online courses and fees for international students and students overseas?

If you are from overseas and are here in Australia on an international student visa, your visa covers face-to-face learning only.

If you are living overseas and want to do a Sydney TAFE online course from overseas, you are able to do our fully online courses but you will pay full commercial fees.

What are online Sydney TAFE fees in 2017?

Course fees vary from course to course. Please check the Sydney TAFE Online website for each course’s fees.

What does Smart and Skilled fees mean?

Courses are ‘Smart and Skilled’ if they appear on the NSW Skills List. They are subsidised by the NSW  government, so you only contribute a portion of the course fee

Courses on the NSW Skills List are linked to careers and industries that have jobs that will be in demand in the future.

Are all certificate fees, diploma fees and advanced diploma fees different?

Fees for different courses and qualification levels vary. Always check the Sydney TAFE Online website for fees.

FAQ - Government funded courses

What are government-funded courses?

If the online course you want to study is linked to an occupation on the NSW Skills List then it will partly government-funded. These are known as ‘Smart and Skilled’ courses.

What does a government-subsidised course mean?

A government-subsidised course is the same as a ‘government-funded course, and the same as a Smart and Skilled course.

What are Smart and Skilled courses?

‘Smart and Skilled’ courses will also appear on the NSW Skills List. They are subsidised by the NSW  government, so you only contribute a portion of the course fee

Courses on the NSW Skills List are linked to careers and industries that have jobs that will be in demand in the future.

How do I find a free online course?

All free courses are advertised on the website. You will need to check whether the course you are interested in is an online or a face to face course.

FAQ - Open learning

How does Sydney TAFE compare with private online colleges?

Sydney TAFE is one of the largest and most respected education and training providers in Australia. It is government-backed and valued by industry. All Sydney TAFE Online courses are nationally accredited. All courses are facilitated by industry-experienced teachers. Sydney TAFE Online students are able to access all the support services that non-online students value so highly.

Is the online learning platform up to date?

Yes, the contents and the platform are always kept up to date and course content is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that it is current.

What are the main challenges of learning online?

Learning online requires a person to be self-disciplined and to be able to work independently. At Sydney TAFE our facilitators are always willing to provide guidance, support and communicate regularly, but as an online student you need to be able to be manage your own workload by sticking to a study schedule and have the right technology to enable to study online effectively.

Is online learning the same as open learning and distance learning?

Open learning and distance learning refer to course work being provided in an online environment. This is different to doing an online course at Sydney TAFE where studying online means using computer technologies to access learning materials and activities via the internet. These learning materials and activities may be presented in different ways, such as discussion forums, video presentations and demonstrations, blogs, wikis, electronic books or quizzes.

What are the benefits of online study?

Studying online at Sydney TAFE means that you can study where you want, using a range of technologies to connect with your classmates, get feedback from your teacher and complete our work. It offers greater flexibility, enabling you to work around your other commitments.

Do you offer online degrees?

Not at the moment, but there will be online degrees offered in the future.

If I study online with Sydney TAFE, how do I know the courses are career orientated?

All Sydney TAFE Online courses are constantly refined to offer the latest industry skills and techniques so graduates are work-ready.

FAQ - Pathways to university

Does online study offer a pathway to university?

Sydney TAFE has hundreds of credit transfer agreements so you can link your Sydney TAFE Online study to a bachelor degree at a university or another provider. Many diploma and advanced diploma courses will provide you credit towards your degree, usually up to one year’s credit.

I can go from TAFE to university; can I go from university to TAFE?

Thousands of university graduates study at Sydney TAFE to make sure they gain work-ready skills that will qualify them for their dream job.

Are there online courses leading into degrees?

Yes. You may be able to use your study in a Sydney TAFE Online course to gain credit towards a related university degree.

Do you offer online degrees?

Not at the moment, but there will be online degrees offered in the future.

FAQ - Open library

Is there a Sydney TAFE library fee?

If you are currently enrolled in a course there is no charge for any of the library resources or services

Do online courses have an online library?

The library has a range of online resources and information databases that provide useful resources for any of the courses being done.

Are there online Sydney TAFE library late fees?

Late fees only refer to books that are borrowed. If you are studying online and live in proximity of a TAFE library you are able to go there and borrow books / magazines. If you do not bring your books back on time you will incur a late fee. This does not apply to any online resources that you use.

Can I access the library after hours?

The online library is available from your computer or other device, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. If you want to visit a physical library, then you will need to check the opening hours as they differ between libraries.

Is there 24/7 library access?

The online library is available from your computer or other device, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. If you want to visit a physical library, then you will need to check the opening hours as they differ between libraries.

FAQ - USI number

Will I have a Sydney TAFE student number?

Yes, you will be given a Sydney TAFE student number.

What is the USI?

If you want to study nationally-recognised training at Sydney TAFE you need a USI. Your USI links to an online account that contains all your training records and results (transcripts) which you can access whenever you need them, like when you’re applying for a job or enrolling in further study. Go to www.usi.gov.au and follow the instructions to create a USI – you’ll need to select ‘Sydney TAFE’ in your Access Control settings

Can I get USI help?
Do all TAFE students have a USI?

If you want to study nationally recognised training at Sydney TAFE you need a USI.

What is a USI login?

After you get your USI, you will be able to login to your USI account.

FAQ - VET fee help

What is VET FEE-HELP?

VET FEE-HELP is a funded by the Commonwealth Government to assist eligible students pay their course fees for select Certificate IV, and all Diploma and above level courses.

Does Sydney TAFE offer VET FEE-HELP for online courses?

Yes, many Sydney TAFE Online courses are also VET FEE-HELP-eligible courses

Am I eligible to VET FEE-HELP?

VET FEE-HELP eligibility critera are available at http://sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/vet-fee-help

Where do I get the VET FEE-HELP form?

For VET FEE-HELP information please go to http://studyassist.gov.au

FAQ - Moodle

What is a Sydney TAFE moodle?

Moodle is the name of the Learning Management System that may be used for your course.  This means that the course content is structured and provided via this system.

Does Sydney TAFE Online have open access moodle?

No - The courses which are only available to enrolled students.

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