Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Certificate IV   NRT
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    Course description and aims

    This qualification is for people wanting to work with animals within a
    veterinary clinic or those already employed in the care of animals as a
    veterinary nurse.

    The qualification helps you develop the skills needed to perform veterinary
    nursing duties in a variety of workplace situations under minimal supervision.
    Duties include patient admission and discharge, office procedures, radiography,
    pathology, surgery, dental procedures, nursing animals and providing animal care
    advice to the public.

    It is essential that whilst undertaking this course you have access to a
    veterinary workplace through either paid employment or significant periods of
    work experience. This will allow you to practise what you have learnt and
    increase your experience working with others in this field.

    By completing this qualification you will be able to work in a team environment
    with veterinarians and other veterinary nurses to supply quality care to a range
    of sick and injured animals. You will be able to work safely in a variety of
    locations including examination rooms, surgical theatres, offices and outdoor
    animal facilities.

    Course outcomes and careers

    Veterinary nurse.


    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.

    Job Roles
    The job role that this Qualification describes includes:
    - Veterinary nurse.

    Pathways into the Qualification
    Pathways for candidates considering this Qualification include:
    - direct entry
    - after achieving ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies
    - vocational training and/or work experience related to veterinary nursing.

    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.

    Entry requirements

    There are no entry requirements for this qualification.


    Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:
    - direct entry
    - after achieving ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies
    - vocational training and/or work experience related to veterinary nursing

    Enrol at any location

    Part Time Day
    Course start:
    Mon 17 Jul 2017
    Course duration:
    2 Years
    Financial Assistance:
    Smart & Skilled
    6 Hours per week
    Course Fee:
    Smart and Skilled Second Qual:
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    About offering:


    Attend the following information session to meet with the teaching staff, discuss the course and get more information about enrolment and next steps.

    Wednesday, 21 June from 12:00pm to 1:00pm or 6:00pm to 7:00pm at Ultimo College, 651-731 Harris Street, Ultimo, Building D, Level 7, Room D7.49.

    Indicative timetable:

    You will need to attend approximately 6 hours of class over 1 day per week. An indication of how your weekly timetable may look is: Monday, 09:00am to 4:30pm.

    How to enrol or apply:

    To apply for this course you must meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/smart-skilled


    Before you enrol you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Visit http://www.usi.gov.au/students/create-your-usi to request a USI. Remember to add Sydney TAFE to your account via the Manage Permissions page (code: 90003, name: TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute).

    Find out more about applying and enrolling: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/applying-and-enrolling

    Fee information:


    This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to Sydney TAFE and the government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

    The fee category that will apply to you depends on your eligibility and your individual circumstances. Your fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

    For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/smart-skilled.


    Instalment payment options are available for this course. For more information, see http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/fees-and-charges

    Find out more about financial assistance http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/financial-assistance


    Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

    Find out more about recognition: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/recognition

    Other Information:

    You will be required to have completed ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies prior to enrolling in this course. You must also arrange at least one day per week work placement consisting of nursing duties, either paid or voluntary, in a veterinary clinic while undertaking this course.


    NumberSubject nameNominal hours
    ACMVET402AApply imaging routines60
    ACMGAS205AAssist in health care of animals20
    ACMVET203AAssist with surgery preparation30
    ACMVET202ACarry out daily clinic routines30
    ACMVET407ACarry out medical nursing routines60
    ACMVET405ACarry out surgical nursing routines60
    ACMVET410ACarry out veterinary dental nursing procedures60
    ACMVET201ACarry out veterinary nursing reception duties30
    ACMINF301AComply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work30
    ACMWHS301AContribute to workplace health and safety processes30
    ACMVET408ACoordinate and perform theatre routines60
    ACMVET401ACoordinate patient admission and discharge60
    ACMGAS204AFeed and water animals20
    ACMGAS301AMaintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing30
    ACMVET406ANurse animals60
    ACMGAS202AParticipate in workplace communications20
    ACMVET404APerform clinic office procedures60
    ACMVET403APerform clinic pathology procedures60
    ACMSPE305AProvide basic care of domestic cats20
    ACMSPE311AProvide basic care of non-venomous reptiles20
    ACMGAS302AProvide enrichment for animals30
    ACMVET409AProvide specific animal care advice60
    ACMGAS208ASource information for animal care needs20



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