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If you love pampering and caring for animals, our Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing program will help you put your nurturing nature to good use. Learn how to support veterinarians in medical and surgical procedures, general clinic operations, monitor animals post medical procedures, supervise junior-level clinic employees, organise animal housing, and apply basic first aid. You will learn in veterinary clinics with real animals for real people in real-life environments. Course details

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DURATION

Online: Program: Up to 3.5 years / 12 weeks per cluster

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COST

  • Full Fee $5,785
  • Subsidised $1,780
  • Concession $578

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Stephanie Wood

TAFE gave my career certainty and direction

"I credit my industry and TAFE Queensland Brisbane experiences to the certainty I have today about my future career direction as a Vet Nurse. I landed a traineeship at a local veterinary clinic mid-way through Year 12 and that meant I could enrol in the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. It's a fantastic course. All the materials are online, so you can complete the assignments around work hours."

Stephanie Wood
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

A day in the life of an online student

Sarah is one of over 11,000 students who partner with TAFE Queensland Brisbane Online every year to enhance their skills, upgrade their qualifications or change their careers. Balancing study with everyday life can be challenging. Providing you with fully-supported flexible study options is just one of the ways TAFE Queensland Brisbane can help you achieve your goals, no matter how busy you are.

Study Animal Science at TAFE Queensland Brisbane

Like they say, dogs are a man's best friend... and so are many other animals - big, small, furry or scaly! Animal lovers will be right at home amongst like-minded caring and compassionate classmates and teachers at the TAFE Queensland Brisbane Animal Services Centre. You'll be taught animal nutrition, hygiene, care, management and grooming, plus the business and administration side of the industry.

Key dates

LOCATION START DATE WORKLOAD DELIVERY
Online 29 Jan 2018 12 weeks per cluster Online

Entry requirements

This qualification has no formal entry criteria however TAFE Queensland Brisbane has the following selection criteria for this qualification;

  • Paid employment of 15 hours or more in a veterinary practice, performing a wide range of duties
  • Submission of an Employment Declaration Form signed by your supervisor who must have the qualification you are applying for or higher
  • Presumed knowledge - Regular Maths, Science and English at year 10 level

If you’re under 17 years of age, special enrolment conditions may apply.

Resources required

Textbooks (essential and highly recommended) will be required for this program. A list will be provided by the Teacher upon qualification commencement.

Timetable

Complete this course online and be supported online every step of the way with our Connect Learning Management System. With a range of exciting features and functions including your account information and enrolment pack, online materials, discussions boards, and places to upload your assignment. Connect now and get a head start with your exciting career!

Placement

Students participating in this program must undertake 15 hours per week of employment in a veterinary practice under the supervision of a qualified workplace supervisor. Supervisors must have the qualification you are applying for or higher. Students are required to find their own work placement.

Vocational Placement Requirements
Students participating in the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing program as external students must be in paid employment in a veterinary practice under the supervision of a qualified workplace supervisor (veterinarian or veterinary nurse).

Volunteers
The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing has a high requirement for practical experience. Industry standards dictate that graduates be able to perform a wide variety of tasks in order to enter the veterinary industry as a qualified veterinary nurse. Voluntary work is unlikely to be sufficient to gain all of the competencies needed for completion. For this reason, unfortunately, we are not currently able to offer places to volunteers in our programs. Prospective students, who are not currently employed in a veterinary practice or undertaking the full-time Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing course, are encouraged to enrol in the Certificate II or Certificate III in Animal Studies.

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Important Information

Your love of animals and your caring and compassionate nature are the perfect ingredients to commence a career in animal science. Enjoy learning about animal nutrition, hygiene, care and grooming, plus the business and administration side of the industry. You’ll be given hands-on instruction to help all kinds of fur babies and scaly friends.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires completion of 19 core and 4 elective units from the list below. Electives may differ between TAFE Queensland locations and regions.

Vet Nursing introductory units – Level 2
UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE
ACMGAS202A Participate in workplace communications Core
ACMGAS204A Feed and water animals Core
ACMGAS205A Assist in health care of animals Core
ACMGAS208A Source information for animal care needs Core
ACMINF301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work Core
ACMWHS301A Contribute to workplace health and safety processes Core
ACMCAS302A Provide advice on companion animal selection and general care Elective
ACMGAS303A Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals Elective
ACMSPE302A Provide basic care of birds Elective
ACMSPE304A Provide basic care of dogs Elective
ACMSPE305A Provide basic care of domestic cats Elective
General introductory units – Level 2 and Level 3
UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE
ACMVET201A Carry out veterinary nursing reception duties Core
ACMVET202A Carry out daily clinic routines Core
ACMVET203A Assist with surgery preparation Core
Vet Nursing units – Level 4
UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE
ACMVET401A Coordinate patient admission and discharge Core
ACMVET402A Apply imaging routines Core
ACMVET403A Perform clinic pathology procedures Core
ACMVET404A Perform clinic office procedures Core
ACMVET405A Carry out surgical nursing routines Core
ACMVET406A Nurse animals Core
ACMVET407A Carry out medical nursing routines Core
ACMVET408A Coordinate and perform theatre routines Core
ACMVET410A Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures Core
ACMVET409A Provide specific animal care advice Core

Disclaimer

Not all electives available at all campuses

What are my payment options

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$5,785

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$578

CONCESSION

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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.

Subsidised

The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

Higher Level Skills Subsidy

You're eligible for the Higher Level Skills Subsidy if you:

  • Are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • Live in Queensland full time
  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits
  • And don't currently have (or are enrolled in) a certificate IV or higher level qualification.
  • Other restrictions or eligibility criteria may apply

Concession

You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability. Further information about concessions.

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Additional costs

Students will be required to purchase additional resources. Please refer to the Course Details tab for information.

Students can also access a range of print, copy, scan and fax services via MyPrint.

Outcome

ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Job prospects

  • Veterinary Nurse

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities. That means cutting down the amount of time you need to complete your degree, or even enrolling straight into the second year of your university course.

Our pathway partners include:

Stephanie Wood

TAFE gave my career certainty and direction

"I credit my industry and TAFE Queensland Brisbane experiences to the certainty I have today about my future career direction as a Vet Nurse. I landed a traineeship at a local veterinary clinic mid-way through Year 12 and that meant I could enrol in the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. It's a fantastic course. All the materials are online, so you can complete the assignments around work hours."

Stephanie Wood
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

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Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

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Orientation

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 18 October 2017

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