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ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

National ID: ACM40418 | State ID: BED9

Have you always wanted to work with animals?

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?

Vet Nurses are often described as the face of the clinic as they are the first person a client and patient will see. There is the opportunity to create strong rewarding relationships with customers which will build trust and respect. Highly trained vet nurses can hold a great deal of responsibility within a clinic on many levels, including client and patient care, management of other staff and clinic activities, such as social media, fund raising and welfare awareness. A Vet Nurse also supports veterinarians to carry out medical and surgical procedures.

You will gain knowledge and skills in:

  • Working with teams of people who are willing to help make a difference to the lives of our animal companions.
  • Communicating and educating clients on better health care for their pets.Handling animals safely and confidently in a range of situations.
  • Dealing with emergencies.
  • Learning to work by yourself and developing problem solving techniques.
  • Observing, monitoring and recognising health issues in animals.
  • Educating clients in preventative medicine for their pets.
  • Being able to give advice and assist in treating diseases and illness.
  • Assisting the vet during surgery.
  • Performing and assisting with routine tests, x-rays and other diagnostic procedures.
  • Carrying out routine dental procedures including scale and polish teeth.
  • Being confident to organise clinic promotions and marketing of health products, and
  • Operating and maintaining equipment such as endoscopes, ultrasound and ECG machines.

Entrance Requirements

Work placement

Important information

Job opportunities

Study pathway

How to apply

Entrance Requirements

You are eligible to enrol for this qualification if you meet one (1) or more of the below requirements;

  • Hold a Certificate II in Animal Studies 
  • Hold a relevant Certificate III or higher-level qualification in an animal science discipline
  • Can demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge in a relevant animal science discipline to any of the above qualifications.
Work placement

You will have the opportunity to attend work placement for eight (8) weeks (throughout the qualification) in local vet clinics and other animal care areas such as a wildlife parks, pet shops, dog rescues, farriers or stock feeds. Work placement allows you to gain skills in dealing with rural veterinary practices and animal care. Central Regional TAFE's Vet Nursing places an emphasis on understanding large animal and rural enterprises to help support farmers and station clients dealing with animal care over large distances. 

To successfully complete this qualification students must complete a minimum of 240 hours of work placement. A student will need to have their own transport to enable them to attend the work places, of which some are out of the city centre. 

Important information

To be successful in this course you must be well organised, efficient, be able to think on your feet and deal with dirty, smelly and challenging situations, and able to accept and deal with a variety of views and ethical decisions. You should also have well- developed communication skills and basic maths skills. 

Attendance, studying and assessment

Full-time students at the Geraldton campus are required to attend from Tuesday to Friday. Student accommodation is available on campus if needed. Your studies will include practical demonstrations, field trips and excursions off campus.

Attendance requirements may vary for those studying via the Muresk Institute.

For external workplace assessment you need to be working either paid or unpaid in a veterinary clinic to gain practical skills Study is supported with on-line learning, including regular contact with your lecturer which may include visits to their clinic. You can choose electives which are suited to your place of work.

Licensing and Legislation

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. Students should confirm the regulatory requirements that apply in their relevant state or territory prior to enrolling. 

All enrolled students will be required to apply to the Veterinary Surgeon’s Board of WA for authorisation as a trainee vet nurse during their qualification.  This registration allows students to legally carry out the prescribed duties of a trainee nurse. Application forms will given at enrolment and submission confirmed during orientation week.

How to apply
On Campus (Full-Time or Part-Time)
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Delivery location, important dates and study options

Training at CRTAFE will be offered with a blended, flexible delivery model to enable social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. This approach may include a combination of online and classroom based delivery, as well as practical and work experience placements. While the mode of delivery may vary, the content and key learning outcomes of the course will remain the same. Lecturers will provide specific instructions to their student groups on how training will be undertaken and the support available to them.

Semester 1, 2021

Geraldton Campus - Classroom


Fees and charges


Duration 12 month/s
When Semester 1, 2021
Where Geraldton Campus
How Face to face (class room)
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Page last updated January 21, 2021