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ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

National ID: ACM40418 State ID: BED9
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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?

    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

    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.

    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. 

    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. 

    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.

    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.

    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.


    Upon successful completion you will receive a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

    Job opportunities include:

    • Equine Dental Service Provider
    • Veterinary Nurse

    For more information about job and career pathways, visit JobOutlook(opens in a new tab)  or Jobs and Skills WA.

    Please note: This list is a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.


    We offer a range of further study opportunities, view our course list here. 

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    Semester 1, 2023

    Geraldton - Classroom

    Duration 12 Months
    When Semester 1, 2023
    Where Geraldton
    How Classroom

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