Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
Veterinary Nursing course details
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
This is a 100% online course. There are 4 study periods a year and each study period is 13 weeks long. You may start your course in any study period and should aim to complete the course within 2 years.
You may choose 1 to 4 units within each study period and complete the Modules in order starting with Module 1. All assessments for the chosen units must be completed within the study period. Contact your online teacher if you wish to choose more than 4 units in any study period.
The study sequence is
Module 1 (ACMGAS202A, ACMGAS205A, ACMGAS208A, ACMVET202A)
Module 2 (ACMVET201A, ACMGAS204A, ACMVET203A);
Module 3 (ACMGAS301A, ACMVET401A, ACMVET404A, ACMWHS301A);
Module 4 (ACMVET402A, ACMVET407A, ACMVET406A, ACMGAS302A);
Module 5 (ACMINF301A, ACMGAS303A, ACMVET409A, ACMCAS409A);
Module 6 (ACMVET403A, ACMVET405A, ACMVET408A, ACMVET410A).
Each unit is $224
All units are available in each study period.
Study Period dates for 2017 are:
SP1 27/2/17 - 28/5/17
SP2 29/5/17 - 27/8/17
SP3 28/8/17 - 26/11/17
SP4 27/11/17 - 25/02/2018
Please contact your Course Coordinator Erica Steppat on 02 9217 3112 or email Erica.Steppat@tafensw.edu.au / Head Teacher Kerry Nichol on 9217 3954 or email Kerry.Nichol@tafensw.edu.au for unit enrolment.
GET YOUR UNIQUE STUDENT IDENTIFIER (USI)
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
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
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Fees, payment and refunds: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/fees-and-charges
Financial assistance: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/financial-assistance
Students must have access to a veterinary clinic for at least 2 days (16 hours) per week while enrolled in the course. This can be paid or voluntary work experience. If volunteering you will be covered by TAFE insurance while enrolled. This work placement must include nursing duties and you will need to provide your teacher with a letter of confirmation of your work placement arrangement or employment with the organisation where you will be employed or hosted. YouÂ’ll also need to nominate a workplace Â‘Veterinary SupervisorÂ’ for the duration of your studies. This can be a senior veterinary nurse, practice manager or owner.
You should have reliable internet access and reasonable computer skills. You will also need access to video recording equipment to complete some of the assessment tasks.
|Number||Subject name||Nominal hours|
|ACMVET402A||Apply imaging routines||60|
|ACMGAS205A||Assist in health care of animals||20|
|ACMVET203A||Assist with surgery preparation||30|
|ACMVET202A||Carry out daily clinic routines||30|
|ACMVET407A||Carry out medical nursing routines||60|
|ACMVET405A||Carry out surgical nursing routines||60|
|ACMVET410A||Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures||60|
|ACMVET201A||Carry out veterinary nursing reception duties||30|
|ACMINF301A||Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work||30|
|ACMWHS301A||Contribute to workplace health and safety processes||30|
|ACMVET408A||Coordinate and perform theatre routines||60|
|ACMVET401A||Coordinate patient admission and discharge||60|
|ACMGAS204A||Feed and water animals||20|
|ACMGAS301A||Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing||30|
|ACMGAS202A||Participate in workplace communications||20|
|ACMVET404A||Perform clinic office procedures||60|
|ACMVET403A||Perform clinic pathology procedures||60|
|ACMGAS303A||Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals||30|
|ACMSPE305A||Provide basic care of domestic cats||20|
|ACMGAS302A||Provide enrichment for animals||30|
|ACMVET409A||Provide specific animal care advice||60|
|ACMGAS208A||Source information for animal care needs||20|