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Veterinary Nursing

Just like humans, animals can get sick or injured. But unlike us, they are unable to communicate what is ailing them, and can often live in pain for a long time if left untreated. If you have a love for animals and want to hone your skills in caring for them, you may want to consider entering into a veterinary nursing course.

Veterinary nurses fill an essential role in providing quality veterinary healthcare in any vet team, from providing compassionate care to sick or injured animals, to communicating to pet owners how to properly take care of their furry and feathered friends. Both rewarding and challenging, you’ll find that undertaking vet nurse training in WA will open up a career path that will not only be exciting and dynamic, with no two days the same but will also deepen your love for animals, too. 

Upon completion, you will have the approval to perform veterinary nursing duties as amended under the WA Veterinary Surgeons Act 1960. You’ll be able to work as:

  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Veterinary Surgical Assistant
  • Veterinary Receptionist
  • Animal Carer
  • Animal Welfare Worker

Veterinary Nursing Courses

National ID: O9502P
State ID: O9502P
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Dog and Cat Management Control

Your passion for pets could be your perfect career.

If you love cats and dogs and are passionate about keeping them safe, this short course is for you. Learn practical skills in animal safety, comfort, management and more.

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Learn to care for our four legged friends.

This short course is suitable if you work as a Local Government Ranger, Animal Control Officer, or as an Animal Management Facility Operators. It will also benefit those in allied fields such as Animal Welfare Inspectors, or those wishing to enter these fields.

You'll learn how to understand and interpret dog and cat body language and behaviour to be able to make safe handling decisions.

Expand on your knowledge about the Local Government Regulatory Services environment and gain the required skills to operate successfully within it.  As part of the course you'll gain hands-on experience in industry environments such as a leading Local Government Animal Management Facility and the Cat Haven.

This course includes hands-on practical training including how to use a variety of microchip scanners, learning new and effective slip lead techniques, a range of capture equipment and techniques for both cats and dogs, and more about the effective use of dog poles. 

Sessions include presentations from industry experts in related fields, including a qualified and highly experienced veterinarian. You'll meet and handle Princess and Fin.

Most importanlty we'll discuss the relevant legislation at an industry operator’s level including real scenarios, issues and solutions.

Short course
State ID: AD737
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Microchip Implantation for Dogs and Cats Skill Set

Pet safety in the palm of your hand.

Microchipping is a simple and easy way for pets to be identified and reunited with their owners if they become lost or otherwise. Learn the skills to implant microchips and how they work with this practical skill set.

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Implant microchips in dogs and cats with appropriate care 

You will gain the skills and knowledge to understand, interpret and apply microchip implantation procedures on cats and dogs, whilst exhibiting appropriate care for animals so that stress and discomfort is minimised. 

This skill set is suited to individuals who wish to become an Authorised Implanter in conformance with the Western Australian State Government Regulations for microchip implantation of cats and dogs. 

Skill set
National ID: ACM40418
State ID: BED9
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Look after all creatures, great and small.

Graduates of this course will be leaving Central Regional TAFE as qualified Vet Nurses. You'll learn to look after all types of animals with both theoretical and practical elements to this hands-on course.

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Caring for animals can be your every day at the office.

As the first person that the clients, and the pet patients, will see, it’s important that veterinary nurses are trained with high-quality programs, by award-winning, experienced lecturers. This winning combination gives our students the best environment to deepen their knowledge, and hone their skills in communication, empathy, adaptability, and ensure that they are committed to continuous learning.

With a veterinary nursing course at CRTAFE, you’ll learn essential skills required for caring for sick or injured animals, as well as assisting with examination, diagnosis, and surgical procedures. Work in a profession where everyday is different whilst doing exactly what you love to do. As a Vet Nurse you'll work with animals ranging from pocket pets, birds, reptiles, companion animals and livestock or horses, and will have opportunities to work anywhere around our country and the world?

Certificate IV
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