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ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

National ID: ACM40412 | State ID: J481

Have you always wanted to work with animals?

Do you want to work in a profession where you are dealing with something different every day? Are you ready to play Nurse Dolittle and work with animals ranging from pocket pets, birds, reptiles, companion animals and livestock, to horses? Do you want to work in a profession that allows you to travel 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.

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
School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
C Grades in Year 11 WACE General English, and OLNA; or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 11 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate II or Certificate III
Work placement

You will have the opportunity to attend work placement for two weeks of each term 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.

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.

Attendance, studying and assessment

For the full time face-2-face course you will attend the College Campus at either Geraldton or Muresk 3 days per week for lectures, practical demonstrations, field trips and excursions.

Students can study vet nursing locally at either location (student accommodation is available at both campuses) rather than moving to Perth. 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, Facebook contact and 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. Candidates should confirm the regulatory requirements that apply in their relevant state or territory.


Courses at Central Regional TAFE are delivered subject to resources and demand. For the latest information, check with the appropriate campus, as course availability may be subject to review and change.

Job opportunities

Completion of this qualification provides you with the skills and knowledge to work as a

  • veterinary nurse
  • veterinary surgical assistant
  • veterinary receptionist
  • animal carer
  • animal welfare worker.


Study pathway

Further study opportunities

Central Regional TAFE has many further study opportunities available. Check out our Course Guide for all your future study options. 


How to apply
On Campus (Full-Time or Part-Time)
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Flexible and Other Study Types 
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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, 2020

Northam Campus - Classroom


Fees and charges


Duration 2 semester/s
When Semester 1, 2020
Where Northam Campus
How Face to face (class room)
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Page last updated July 10, 2020