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
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.
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.
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.
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.