Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Course Code ACM40412
Campus Wangaratta - Tone Road
Duration 1270 hours

Course Overview

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is the recognised industry qualification for Australian Veterinary Nurses.

GOTAFE deliver this course in several ways, all of which are designed to provide you with comprehensive training in all aspects of veterinary nursing ensuring GOTAFE trained veterinary nurses are valued members of the multidisciplinary veterinary team.

You will be given the training required to provide gold standard professional care to patients, clients and fellow team members.

Students may undertake the course in the following ways:

  • Blended delivery into the workplace, with facilitated online study, evening classes and workshops at GOTAFE along with 4 workplace visits each year by a GOTAFE trainer who will conduct training and assessment.
  • On campus study, students attend the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre 2 days a week and undertake a minimum of 240 hours of work placement within an approved veterinary clinic/hospital. Prospective students must have placement at an approved clinic organised prior to enrolment and the clinic will be asked to provide a letter of support for the student.
  • Another option for delivery of this course, is as part of the integrated Bachelor of Veterinary Technology Program offered by Charles Sturt University (CSU). With this option, students are not required to be employed within industry, however, there are substantial workplace learning requirements e.g. 35 x 8 hours days which students are required to organise themselves.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary is designed for those wishing to seek employment as a veterinary nurse.

Veterinary nurses work under the supervision of a Veterinarian.
Working in this industry may involve weekend work including after hours on call. It also requires a level of fitness that allows you to safely handle a range of animals and be on your feet for most of the day.
General duties for veterinary nurses may include:

  • cleaning and disinfection
  • administering drugs, anaesthetics and injections to animals
  • preparing animals for surgery
  • holding and monitoring animals during operations
  • maintaining, sterilising and laying out surgical equipment
  • post-surgical cleaning and sterilisation procedures
  • undertaking diagnostic tests
  • preparing and sending off laboratory samples
  • taking x-rays
  • caring for, exercising and grooming animal ‘in-patients’
  • giving advice to clients about caring for animals
  • keeping records
  • writing and filing reports
  • exercising & enrichment activities

Further studies
After gaining the ACM40412 CIV in Veterinary Nursing, you might wish to undertake further study in the:

  • ACM50212 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Surgical)
  • ACM50312 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Dental)
  • ACM50412 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Emergency and Critical Care)
  • ACM50512 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice)

This qualification can also be used as a pathway giving 4 subject credits into the Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Veterinary Technology.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Wangaratta – Tone Road CSU Students Only, Starts Mon 15th July, Blended Delivery, 2019

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Students must attend all classes and work placement days.

Students are also required to complete approximately 10 hours per week of research, assessment and self-paced learning.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Lesley Sanderson
Location: Wangaratta Regional Study Centre

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 1,270 $4.50 $5,715.00 $10.00 $12,700.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 1,270 $0.90 $1,143.00 $10.00 $12,700.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 1,270 $4.50 $5,715.00 $10.00 $12,700.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 1,270 $0.90 $1,143.00 $10.00 $12,700.00
Full Fee 1,270 $10.00 $12,700.00 N/A N/A
Course Materials 1,270 $1.00 $1,270.00 N/A N/A

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • Students require an exit level 3 in reading, writing and numeracy

It is preferred that:

  • Applicants are over 17 years of age and have successfully completed Year 12 or equivalent.
  • All applicants have physical stamina to safely handle a variety of animals, it is recommended that all successful applicants be immunised against tetanus and Q-fever.
Units of Competency

ACM40412 – Core Units

ACMVET402A – Apply imaging routines
ACMGAS205A – Assist in health care of animals
ACMVET203A – Assist with surgery preparation
ACMVET202A – Carry out daily clinic routines
ACMVET407A – Carry out medical nursing routines
ACMVET405A – Carry out surgical nursing routines
ACMVET410A – Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures
ACMVET201A – Carry out veterinary nursing reception duties
ACMINF301A – Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work
ACMWHS301A – Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
ACMVET408A – Coordinate and perform theatre routines
ACMVET401A – Coordinate patient admission and discharge
ACMGAS204A – Feed and water animals
ACMVET406A – Nurse animals
ACMGAS202A – Participate in workplace communications
ACMVET404A – Perform clinic office procedures
ACMVET403A – Perform clinic pathology procedures
ACMVET409A – Provide specific animal care advice
ACMGAS208A – Source information for animal care needs

ACM40412 – Elective Units

ACMCAS304 – Capture, handle and transport companion animals
BSBCUS301 – Deliver and monitor a service to customers
ACMACR403 – Identify and respond to animal behaviour
ACMGAS307 – Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
ACMMIC401A – Implant Microchip In Cats And Dogs
ACMGAS301 – Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
ACMATE303 – Prepare for and monitor anaesthesia in animals
ACMSPE310 – Provide basic care of mammals
ACMGAS302 – Provide enrichment for animals

Assessment Methods

Specific types of assessments may include the following:

  • Written/Online Assessment Tasks
  • Case Studies
  • Quizzes
  • Exams
  • Practical Tasks
  • Oral questioning
  • Practical Observation
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Enrolment in an apprenticeship course is commenced after GOTAFE receives a Training Contract completed at an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN). To locate an AASN, please go to australianapprenticeships.gov.au or call 13 38 73.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

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