Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

National ID: ACM40412
State ID: J481
Qualification level:

Course is available at the following locations

Private
Applied Vocational Training

If you have a passion for animals and a desire to care for and nurture their well-being, then this qualification will provide you with the essential knowledge and experience for a career as a veterinary nurse. This course is also ideal if you are already working in a veterinary hospital or have attained the Certificate III in Animal Studies.

Depending on your circumstances, you can apply for either our online or on-campus based course.  If you are an on-campus student you will attend lectures and practical sessions at our Bentley College as well as excursions throughout Perth. If you choose our online option, you will access course material and assessments via our online learning platform and receive support from our tutors. You can also attend Workshops at our Bentley College which provide a hands-on classroom-based experience with our lecturers.

You will also be required to attend a work placement at a veterinary hospital throughout your studies.  Our work placements quite often result in employment and provide outstanding opportunities for students to learn and progress through the course.  If you are an on-campus or Perth based online student, we will organise this work placement for you. If you are not based in Perth, you will be required to organise your own work placement. 

Once successfully completed, you can choose a career as a Veterinary Nurse at a veterinary hospital. You might also consider working in a zoo, shelter, council, laboratory, farm, office or as a representative for a pharmaceutical or food company.

Delivery location: Enterprise Unit 2, Suite number 2, 11 Brodie-Hall Drive, Bentley, WA 6102 and Online

Course description

If you have a passion for animals and a desire to care for and nurture their well-being, then this qualification will provide you with the essential knowledge and experience for a career as a veterinary nurse. This course is also ideal if you are already working in a veterinary hospital or have attained the Certificate III in Animal Studies.

Depending on your circumstances, you can apply for either our online or on-campus based course.  If you are an on-campus student you will attend lectures and practical sessions at our Bentley College as well as excursions throughout Perth. If you choose our online option, you will access course material and assessments via our online learning platform and receive support from our tutors. You can also attend Workshops at our Bentley College which provide a hands-on classroom-based experience with our lecturers.

You will also be required to attend a work placement at a veterinary hospital throughout your studies.  Our work placements quite often result in employment and provide outstanding opportunities for students to learn and progress through the course.  If you are an on-campus or Perth based online student, we will organise this work placement for you. If you are not based in Perth, you will be required to organise your own work placement. 

Once successfully completed, you can choose a career as a Veterinary Nurse at a veterinary hospital. You might also consider working in a zoo, shelter, council, laboratory, farm, office or as a representative for a pharmaceutical or food company.

Delivery location: Enterprise Unit 2, Suite number 2, 11 Brodie-Hall Drive, Bentley, WA 6102 and Online

Campus locations

Course page link
Public
Central Regional TAFE

Training Package Version:Release 1

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.

Important Information

To be successful in this course you must be well organised, efficient, think on your feet, be able to 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.

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.

This course is also delivered at our MURESK Campus.

VET Student Loans

This course is NOT eligible for a VET Student Loan.

Course description

Training Package Version:Release 1

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.

Important Information

To be successful in this course you must be well organised, efficient, think on your feet, be able to 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.

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.

This course is also delivered at our MURESK Campus.

VET Student Loans

This course is NOT eligible for a VET Student Loan.

Campus locations

Course page link
Public
South Metropolitan TAFE

Are you looking for a career talking to the 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.

You will have the skills and knowledge to work effectively in a veterinary practice, providing care to a wide variety of animals, assisting with surgery preparation and procedures, performing pathology and imaging procedures, providing post-surgery care and advice, and 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.

Part time studies – this course is offered on a part time basis but has only one intake per year. Application for part time studies open in September each year.Part time studies consist of 1 day per week attendance and you would be required to undertake work experience 1 day per week in industry. Students must organise their own work placement before they apply.

The course is also offered via Correspondencebut only available to students residing outside the metropolitan area. Correspondence students must have a veterinary practice organised for work experience.

This Qualification is also available as a Traineeship. To study as a Trainee, you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation. Please see the Apprenticeships/Traineeships section for more information.

Course description

Are you looking for a career talking to the 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.

You will have the skills and knowledge to work effectively in a veterinary practice, providing care to a wide variety of animals, assisting with surgery preparation and procedures, performing pathology and imaging procedures, providing post-surgery care and advice, and 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.

Part time studies – this course is offered on a part time basis but has only one intake per year. Application for part time studies open in September each year.Part time studies consist of 1 day per week attendance and you would be required to undertake work experience 1 day per week in industry. Students must organise their own work placement before they apply.

The course is also offered via Correspondencebut only available to students residing outside the metropolitan area. Correspondence students must have a veterinary practice organised for work experience.

This Qualification is also available as a Traineeship. To study as a Trainee, you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation. Please see the Apprenticeships/Traineeships section for more information.

Campus locations

Course page link