Course Overview

Veterinary Nursing Course Overview

shutterstock_343140491-smallWe offer students the opportunity to complete the ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing via full time, part time or correspondence (Supported eLearning) study modes.

Our courses are designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to start your career as a veterinary nurse. We combine a high standard of theoretical knowledge with intensive practical training in veterinary practice so that you gain the competence and confidence required for this exciting and rewarding career.

This qualification is recognised and required in Australia to work as a qualified and registered Veterinary Nurse.

The qualification includes the following units of competency:

ACMWHS301A Contribute to workplace health and safety
ACMSPE310A Provide basic care of mammals
ACMACR403A Identify and respond to animal behaviour
ACMGAS204A Feed and water animals
ACMINF301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work
ACMVET401A Coordinate patient admission and discharge
ACMGAS205A Assist in health care of animals
ACMVET406A Nurse animals
ACMGAS208A Source information for animal care needs
ACMVET203A Assist with surgery preparation
ACMVET408A Coordinate and perform theatre routines
ACMVET403A Perform clinic pathology procedures
ACMVET402A Apply imaging 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
ACMGAS202A Participate in workplace communications
ACMVET202A Carry out daily clinic routines
ACMVET404A Perform clinic office procedures
ACMVET409A Provide specific animal care advice
BSBCUS301 Deliver and monitor a service to customers
BSBPRO301 Recommend products and services

We offer this course in 3 different ways:

This one year full time campus-based course follows a scheduled and structured timetable. This program is delivered via face-to-face classroom teaching, group activities/tutorials and practical classes at our purpose-built training centre, located in Technology Park, in Bentley, WA. Students are required to attend our training centre 2 days a week followed by 2 days a week in a Veterinary Practice.  This schedule continues during the 4 school terms.


This two year part time program requires the student to attend classes one day a week following a scheduled and structured timetable. This program is designed for students who are unable to study full time due to work or family commitments but is able to attend classes at our training centre one day a week to receive the face-to-face classroom teaching and practical sessions delivered by our veterinary lecturers. Your practical training in a veterinary practice is timetabled according to your availability.This program would also suit those students who may already be employed in a veterinary practice in some capacity with access to support from the practice for your theoretical as well as practical training.


The Correspondence (Supported eLearning course) is for students who cannot attend our training centre and is a self-paced course with access to our online learning system and presentations from lectures delivered on campus at the time.  Students have up to 2 years to complete their qualification via this method. For your practical training, students will need access to a veterinary practice at certain times during their course.  This access must be arranged by the student prior to us offering you a place in the course.  If you are already working in a practice you will do your practical training in that practice.  If you do not have an arrangement with a practice, either as an employee or volunteer, then you will be required to locate one that will support your training.  We do have a package available to assist in locating and approaching a practice. Students may get all of their practical training in practice or attend some of our workshops to gain the skills and competence required in certain aspects of the course. Students can start any time of year subject to support from a Veterinary Practice.


To read more details about our programs, click on the course links above.

Applied Vocational Training is fully registered by the Australian Government training registration authority ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority) and the qualification offered is the nationally recognised Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. We are supported and endorsed by the Australian Veterinary Association.

Our registration authority can be viewed on the website, which is the Australian Government’s website for details of registered courses and training providers – view our details at here.


Why study with AVT?

        • Pre-organised work placements so you can start your practical training immediately^
        • High graduation and employment rate of previously certified students
        • Choose your pace by selecting from one of our flexible study options; full-time, part-time or supported e-Learning courses to suit your own work and home commitments.
        • Topics cover a range of animal species and you can choose your areas of special interest
        • More than a classroom experience – you will meet animal care professionals in their working environment on our field trips and learn from industry guest speakers^
        • Know you are on track – we engage in regular student feedback and submit assessment and assignment results within 7 days of receipt so you know you are on track
        • Quality course material developed by veterinary professionals and are constantly being revised with the latest techniques and information in veterinary and animal care science.
        • Outstanding support by both our educators and our dedicated student support officer for everything from one-on-one coaching to IT support.
^applies to on-campus courses only

AVT qualified veterinary nurses and animal care professionals have been successfully employed in the animal services industry since 1999


Popular courses :  Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing – Full time    |    Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing – Equine Stream    |   Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing – Part time     |     Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing – Supported eLearning    |    Certificate III in Animal Studies     |     Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services