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Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing


Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing – ACM40418

Course Overview

The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is the recognised qualification to become a Veterinary Nurse.

You'll gain comprehensive training in all aspects of veterinary nursing, including imaging, surgery preparation, medical and surgical nursing routines, and clinical pathology.

You'll also learn how to prepare for and monitor anaesthesia and analgesia, assist with the preparation with veterinary medications, nurse animals and coordinate patient admission and discharge.

This course can be delivered on campus (with 240 hours of work placement), as a Traineeship with evening classes and workshops, or as part of the integrated Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at Charles Sturt University.

New Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing Students are able to start on campus in semester 2, 2 days a week, another intake in 2021 semester 1. Requiring 240 hours of work placement.
Alternatively can be delivered in the workplace if you are employed for 15 hours of paid work a week at a veterinary clinic with a self-paced delivery.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We’ve had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we’re currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work as a Veterinary Nurse. Your duties as a Vet Nurse may include:

  • Administering drugs, anesthetics, and injections to animals
  • Preparing animals for surgery
  • Maintaining, sterilising, and laying out surgical equipment
  • Taking X-rays
  • Giving advice to clients about caring for animals
  • Keeping records, writing and filing reports
  • Caring for, grooming, and exercising animal 'in-patients'.

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.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the:

  • Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Surgical)
  • Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Dental)
  • Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Emergency and Critical Care)
  • Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice).

You can also use this course as a pathway to university, with 4 subject credits counting towards the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at Charles Sturt University.

Course Dates & Times

Wangaratta - Tone Road

On Campus, Start Mon 27th July, Two days week (Mon,Tue), 9am - 4pm / 2020

Workplace Learn, Flex Delivery, Open from Mon 13th July, 9am - 4pm / 2020

On Campus, Start 22nd Feb, 2 days week (Mon,Tue), 9am - 4pm / 2021

On Campus, Start 25th Feb, 2 days week (Thu,Fri), 9am - 4pm / 2021

Workplace Learning, Flex Delivery, From Mon 15th Feb / 2021

On Campus, Start 12th July, 2 days week (Mon,Tue), 9am - 4pm / 2021

On Campus, Start 15th July, 2 days week (Thu,Fri), 9am - 4pm / 2021

Workplace Learning, Flex Delivery, From Mon 12th July / 2021

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2020 and may change without notice.

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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

Training package entry requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the you 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

It is preferred that you:

  • are over 17 years of age and have successfully completed Year 12 or equivalent.
  • have physical stamina to safely handle a variety of animals, it is recommended that all successful applicants be immunised against tetanus and Q-fever.
  • hold a Certificate II in Animal Studies, or a relevant Certificate III or higher level qualification in an animal science discipline or can demonstrate and provide evidence of equivalent skills and knowledge and experience in a relevant animal science discipline.
Core Units
Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
Communicate effectively with clients and team members
Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
Carry out daily practice routines
Coordinate veterinary reception duties
Apply imaging routines
Perform clinical pathology procedures
Perform practice office procedures
Coordinate and perform surgical nursing routines
Nurse animals
Carry out medical nursing routines
Provide nutritional advice and support for animals
Provide specific animal care advice
Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures
Prepare for anaesthesia and monitor animal anaesthesia and analgesia
Assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisons
Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
Elective Units
Implant microchip in cats and dogs
Provide basic care of common native mammals
Provide basic care of domestic dogs
Provide basic care of domestic cats
Prepare, deliver and review animal care education programs
Coordinate practice promotional activities

Specific types of assessments may include the following:

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

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

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in webinars, excursions or other organised activities.

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

For students undertaking the qualification either on campus or as part of the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology program, you will be required to complete workplace learning at an approved veterinary clinic in conjunction with your studies.

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

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.

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.

Learn more about support services

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

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

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

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.

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