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ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

National ID ACM40418 State ID BED9

Look after all creatures, great and small.

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

Vet nursing horse

This course is half price for everyone (excl. school students) as part of the Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative. Fees are also capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more here.

^ You’ll pay half price course fees on Lower fees, Local Skills qualifications, however please note other fees may apply such as for resources that are specifically needed for your course.


When Semester 1, 2024.

Study Mode On campus.

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 is 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 CR TAFE, 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?

    Some things you'll learn:

    • How to communicate and educate clients on better health care for their pets
    • How to deal with emergencies
    • How to work by yourself and developing problem solving techniques
    • How to assisting the vet during surgery
    • How to operating and maintaining equipment such as endoscopes, ultrasound and ECG machines

    This course is for you if:

    • You love caring for animals
    • You enjoy working with teams of people
    • You're skilled at observing, monitoring and recognising health issues in animals

    Important information

    Select your preferred campus and apply

    Semester 1, 2024


    Duration 12 Months
    When Semester 1, 2024
    Where Geraldton
    How Classroom

    Units and fees

    To attain this qualification, you are required to successfully complete twenty one (21) units of competence, comprising seventeen (17) core and four (4) elective units selected from the options provided below. 

    For an approximate fee estimate, mark the boxes below corresponding to the number of units needed for this course. The estimated fees will be displayed on the right-hand side.


    National ID Unit title General fee Concession Resource fee
    ACMGAS307 Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work $145.80 $43.20 $56.08
    ACMGAS308 Communicate effectively with clients and team members $40.50 $12.00 $15.36
    ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work $64.80 $19.20 $33.47
    ACMVET202 Carry out daily practice routines $48.60 $14.40 $17.41
    ACMVET401 Coordinate veterinary reception duties $97.20 $28.80 $34.45
    ACMVET402 Apply imaging routines $129.60 $38.40 $46.47
    ACMVET403 Perform clinical pathology procedures $97.20 $28.80 $35.52
    ACMVET404 Perform practice office procedures $56.70 $16.80 $22.77
    ACMVET405 Coordinate and perform surgical nursing routines $178.20 $52.80 $66.15
    ACMVET406 Nurse animals $113.40 $33.60 $41.91
    ACMVET407 Carry out medical nursing routines $97.20 $28.80 $34.45
    ACMVET408 Provide nutritional advice and support for animals $129.60 $38.40 $46.47
    ACMVET409 Provide specific animal care advice $129.60 $38.40 $46.47
    ACMVET410 Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures $56.70 $16.80 $20.57
    ACMVET413 Prepare for anaesthesia and monitor animal anaesthesia and analgesia $113.40 $33.60 $41.91
    ACMVET416 Assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisons $89.10 $26.40 $32.23
    ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes $97.20 $28.80 $49.76


    National ID Unit title General fee Concession Resource fee
    Promote positive wellbeing in self and others in animal care workplaces
    $56.70 $16.80 $25.82
    Provide basic care of mammals
    $64.80 $19.20 $25.82
    Assist with surgery preparation
    $48.60 $14.40 $17.41
    Provide First Aid
    $29.16 $8.64 $50.00

    Please note: Course information and fees are subject to change without notice.

    • Fees may differ between campus locations due to the difference between elective units in the course study plan or a need to adapt courses to meet local industry needs.
    • Fees may also differ for individuals depending on units of study selected, prior qualifications and recognition of prior learning (RPL).
    • Fees are payable at the time of enrolment.
    • Total fees quoted include tuition fees and resource fees. You may also be required to purchase text books, uniforms or other personal equipment that are not included in this fee estimate.
    • For Lower Fees, Local Skills (half-price) courses please refer to additional eligibility information above.
    • Concession rates: If eligible, proof of concession must be presented.
    • Concessions and the secondary school age fee cap do not apply to commercial courses (short courses), or Foundation Programs (i.e ESL and General Education).
    • Secondary school aged persons (in 2024, students born on or after 1 July 2006 who are at least 15 years old in 2024) undertaking training that is not part of a VET Delivered to Secondary Schools program, the maximum course (tuition) fee chargeable is $420. Additional resource fees and discretionary fees may apply. 
    • VET Student Loans for eligible courses and fee caps may be subject to changes implemented by the Australian Government.

    More information: Visit our fees and payment options page or call us on 1800 672 700

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