Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Female vet testing dogs heart with a stethoscope.
Do you love working with animals?

Through this course, you will gain a qualification to become a veterinary nurse or animal welfare worker. 

You'll learn how to assist a vet during animal surgery and routine procedures; prepare for anaesthesia; perform pathology and imaging procedures; provide post-surgery care and advice; and work safely. The course also covers vet clinic routines and infection controls; drugs and poisons; and animal nutrition and wellbeing.

The training is very hands on, and includes work placement in a veterinary clinic where you will gain skills and experience working as part of a team and with a range of animals.


Half price
Existing worker traineeship
Industry: Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
National course code: ACM40418 | WA State ID: BED9

Choose a WA TAFE college that delivers this course

To find out more about doing this course at a WA TAFE college, select one of the TAFEs listed below to read their course descriptions. You'll also be able to see at which TAFE campus/es the course is delivered.

If you would like further information such as when the course is available and how to enrol, and details of course fees, or if you have questions about how the course is delivered, please follow the Find out more link to go to the TAFE's website where you will find full course details and contact information so that you can speak to the TAFE directly.

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?

Want a career caring for animals?

When you complete the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing you will be ready for a career as a veterinary nurse, or animal welfare worker.

Gain these skills

  • work effectively in a veterinary practice
  • provide care to a wide variety of animals
  • assist with surgery preparation and procedures
  • perform pathology and imaging procedures
  • provide post-surgery care and advice
  • workplace safety and health

This course is popular and highly competitive to get into. Please ensure you enter all your work and work experience, both related to the field and unrelated, in your application.

Choose a private training provider that delivers this course

This course is also available from registered training organisations (accredited private training providers) that are funded through Jobs and Skills WA. Select from the list below, and follow the link to the provider’s website for further information.

If you are passionate about animals and their care, have demonstrated previous experience working with animals or have completed a prerequisite course, this nationally recognised qualification is the only way to become a qualified Veterinary Nurse in Australia. 

A career that is rewarding, challenging and hands-on, veterinary nurses play a pivotal role in the care of animals in a veterinary hospital.

AVT offers this course via three delivery methods. You can choose from On-campus (part-time or full-time study) with classroom activities at the AVT Ascot campus or a Blended Learning (eLearning) option. All courses require weekly hands-on practical training in a veterinary practice.

Eligible Students can obtain subsidised fees via the Jobs & Skills WA, Lower Fees, Local Skills funding initiative.


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The information presented on the course lists within this website is provided to the Department of Training and Workforce Development by the WA TAFE colleges and private training providers, and is offered as a guide only. It is updated regularly, however some changes to details may occur in between updates. You should always contact the TAFE or private training provider directly to confirm details and/or ask questions.