Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing


Course Length

Part time:

2 years

Contact Hours

Part time:

2 days per week


Subsidised Standard:


Subsidised Standard (Concession):


Subsidised Trainee:


Subsidised Trainee (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):




Wangaratta - Tone Road

Delivery Mode



On Campus

Course Overview

If you’ve dreamed of working with animals, the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing will prepare you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career as a Veterinary Nurse.

You'll gain comprehensive training in all aspects of veterinary nursing to help you maintain the health of animals, including imaging, surgery preparation, medical and surgical nursing routines, and clinical pathology.

This course can be delivered on-campus in Wangaratta, as a traineeship for workplace learners who are already employed in the industry, or as part of the integrated Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at Charles Sturt University.

For students undertaking the qualification either on-campus or as part of the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology program, you’ll be able to practice your new skills in the workplace, with 240 hours of work placement at a veterinary clinic included over the duration of the course.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme as well as the JobTrainer initiative, for eligible students.

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 ACM50219 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing.

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

ACM40418 - Traineeship starting 15th Feb / 2021

On Campus, Start Thu 29th July, 2 days week (Thu,Fri), 9am - 4pm / 2021

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

Traineeship - Open from 1st February / 2022

Workplace based - Open from 1st February / 2022

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $6,110.00

2. Subsidised Standard (Concession): $1,222.00

3. Subsidised Trainee: $6,370.00

4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession): $1,274.00

5. Full Fee: $14,365.00

Course Materials: $1,365.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

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 2021 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

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements

Entry into this qualification is open to individuals who:

  • Hold a Certificate II in Animal Studies.
  • Hold a relevant Certificate III or higher level qualification in an animal science discipline.
  • Can demonstrate and provide evidence of equivalent skills and knowledge and experience in a relevant animal science Discipline.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course you must:

  • Attend an interview.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to ensure the course suits your needs and aspirations, and that you are likely to complete the course successful.
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course.

GOTAFE recommend students also be immunised against tetanus.

Course Study Units

Core Units
ACMGAS307 - Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
ACMGAS308 - Communicate effectively with clients and team members
ACMINF301 - Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
ACMVET202 - Carry out daily practice routines
ACMVET401 - Coordinate veterinary reception duties
ACMVET402 - Apply imaging routines
ACMVET403 - Perform clinical pathology procedures
ACMVET404 - Perform practice office procedures
ACMVET405 - Coordinate and perform surgical nursing routines
ACMVET406 - Nurse animals
ACMVET407 - Carry out medical nursing routines
ACMVET408 - Provide nutritional advice and support for animals
ACMVET409 - Provide specific animal care advice
ACMVET410 - Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures
ACMVET413 - Prepare for anaesthesia and monitor animal anaesthesia and analgesia
ACMVET416 - Assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisons
ACMWHS301 - Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
Elective Units
ACMMIC401 - Implant microchip in cats and dogs
ACMSPE303 - Provide basic care of common native mammals
ACMSPE304 - Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMSPE305 - Provide basic care of domestic cats
ACMVET203 - Assist with surgery preparation
ACMVET411 - Prepare, deliver and review animal care education programs
ACMVET412 - Coordinate practice promotional activities

Assessment Methods

Specific types of assessments may include the following:

  • Written/online assessment tasks
  • Case studies
  • Quizzes
  • Exams
  • Practical tasks
  • Oral questioning
  • Practical observation

Course Co-ordinator

Skye Rhodes-Mitchell

Attendance & Commitment

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.

On-campus students: This course is delivered over a 2 year period to students who are not currently employed in the industry. Students must attend the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre 2 days per week. Each student is also expected to undertake a minimum of 240 hours of work placement/experience in a veterinary clinic approved by GOTAFE over the duration of their course.

CSU students: This course is delivered over an 18 month period to students already undertaking the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at Charles Sturt University. They are enrolled either on campus or distance as full-time or part-time students and minimum numbers of participants in this cohort range from 20 to a maximum of 80 in a single cohort

Workplace learners: This course is delivered over a 2 year period to students who are currently employed in the industry. Students attend the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre for scheduled evening classes, full-day workshops and catch up days with their trainer, to fit in with their employment.

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.

Learning support

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Learner's Rights

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

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.