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Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing


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Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing – ACM40412

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Course Overview

This qualification is superseded and only available to students who are currently enrolled in ACM40412. These students will complete their studies during the teach out period which ends on 21st January 2021.
New students in 2020 will be enrolled into ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

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 to prepare for and monitor anaesthesia, implant microchips in cats and dogs, 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.

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'.

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

CSU Students Only, Starts Mon 15th July, Blended Delivery, 2019

Fee Information

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.

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.
Core Units
Participate in workplace communications
Feed and water animals
Assist in health care of animals
Source information for animal care needs
Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work
Carry out veterinary nursing reception duties
Carry out daily clinic routines
Assist with surgery preparation
Coordinate patient admission and discharge
Apply imaging routines
Perform clinic pathology procedures
Perform clinic office procedures
Carry out surgical nursing routines
Nurse animals
Carry out medical nursing routines
Coordinate and perform theatre routines
Provide specific animal care advice
Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures
Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
Elective Units
Identify and respond to animal behaviour
Prepare for and monitor anaesthesia in animals
Capture, handle and transport companion animals
Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
Provide enrichment for animals
Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
Implant Microchip In Cats And Dogs
Provide basic care of mammals
Prepare, deliver and review animal care education programs
Coordinate practice promotional activities
Deliver and monitor a service to customers

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 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.

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 click Enquire Now.

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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