Full-time Course

Full Time Program

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (ACM 40412)

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Our nationally recognised Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to commence your career as a veterinary nurse or to gain national qualifications as an experienced professional.

Taking your love of animals and a desire to seek a professional career in caring for animals, this course will provide you with the necessary hands on skills and theoretical knowledge to work in the veterinary and animal care industry.  

We combine intensive practical training in our purpose built facility located in Bentley, Western Australia with a high standard of theoretical knowledge so that you gain the competence and confidence required for an exciting and rewarding career in a variety of animal care careers.

In addition to the hands-on practical sessions you will undertake as a student at our Bentley location, you will also have the opportunity to participate in various off-site excursions and field trips to various animal related establishments including Veterinary Specialist Centres, Murdoch University Veterinary School,  animal refuges and shelters as well as equine (horse) and exotic animal (small mammals such as guinea pigs, ferrets as well as birds and reptiles) facilities relevant to your training.

Due to the intensive nature of this program, our students consistently enjoy a high graduation rate with very strong employment prospects. Once completed, your Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing will be recognised and required in Australia to work as a qualified and registered Veterinary Nurse.

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing also provides a pathway from Certificate III in Animal Studies and Certificate IV in Companion Animal Studies providing you with the vital skills to undertake and assist in clinical duties such as pathology, radiology and procedures relating to managing medical cases.

Our company 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 training.gov.au website, which is the Australian Government’s website for details of registered courses and training providers –  View our details here.

About the full-time course

      • Duration – One year full time campus-based course in Bentley, WA
      • Delivery method by face to face group activities, tutorials and practicals at our Bentley, WA training centre with additional off-site excursions.
      • Pre-organised practical training in a veterinary practice and arranged by our supervised work practice placement program
      • Attendance required 4 days a week for 1 week and 3 days in a veterinary practice the following week. This cycle continues for 4 school terms.
      • Next course commences: February 2017

This intensive one year course is a full time year of study and training and follows a scheduled and structured timetable. Students are required to attend our training centre 4 days a week for 1 week and then spend 3 days a week in a Veterinary Practice the following week.  This cycle continues for 4 school terms. Your practical training in a veterinary practice is arranged by our supervised work prac placement program.

In 2017, we will also be delivering the full time Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing with an equine (horse) stream. Click here for more information.

Method of Delivery

P1010456This program is delivered via face-to-face classroom teaching, group activities/tutorials and practical classes at our modern premises as well as off-site excursions and field trips to various animal related establishments relevant to the students’ training.

The essential on-the-job veterinary nursing practical training is achieved by the placement of the student in a supportive veterinary hospital in which the student receives hands-on training, mentoring, supervision and valuable experience in all aspects of veterinary nursing over the course of the year.

There are limited places available in the full time program per year.  We run two separate classes, to keep class numbers at a manageable and personable level and this enables us to deliver the highest standard of teaching, giving every student the opportunity to contribute and participate actively in classroom and practical sessions and ensures ongoing tutoring, support and instruction.

Class times and attendance requirements

The full time veterinary nursing course lasts for 1 year, starting in February with students graduating mid-December, qualified and ready for employment.

The full time classes run for 4 terms, similar to school terms.  Students attend our training centre for 4 days a week (9.00am–4.00pm), for 1 week followed by 3 days a week in the next week at one of our supporting veterinary practices.  This cycle repeats throughout the four school terms.

During term breaks (school holiday times) students are not required to attend class or their work placement (ie the veterinary practice) if all course requirements have been met during school term.

About work placements

If you choose from our part-time or full-time courses, your work placement training will be organised for you in a high quality Perth, WA based veterinary hospital. AVT has been organising work placements in Western Australian veterinary hospitals since 1999 and has formed over 100 long term relationships with high quality veterinary hospitals.

So when it comes to the essential on-the-job veterinary nursing practical training you will be placed in a supportive veterinary hospital in which you will receive hands-on training, mentoring, supervision and valuable experience in all aspects of veterinary nursing over the duration of your course.

Our course fee includes insurance cover for the mandatory work placement you take during your course regardless of the course delivery method you choose.

Entry requirements

IMG_1900In selecting students for our programs, our main consideration is your aptitude for working in this particular field. Although experience in an animal-related industry is favourable, it is not essential. However, in selecting students we consider three criteria.

      1. Your academic ability to study at this level
      2. Exposure to Animal Care
      3. Your suitability to Veterinary Nursing

For more information on our selection criteria read more


Our fees are fully inclusive and reflect the quality of the continuous tuition and support you receive throughout the program. 

The total tuition fees for this program cover the supply of:-

      • Enrolment
      • Pre-organised work placement if you are not currently working in a veterinary practice.
      • Learning guides (including 23 modules),
      • Text books and reading resources
      • AVT vet nurse practical kit which includes a high quality medical grade stethoscope, nurses fob watch, digital thermometer, name badge, surgery attire, name badge,
      • One-on-one mentoring
      • Excursions and incursions
      • Assessments and certification
      • Access to purpose built training facilities
      • Workplace practical insurance
      • All classroom and additional tuition

The total cost for the full time program is $13,000*

*Government funded subsidised training may be coming available for this course. We will be notified in November 2016 if our organisation’s application for funding is successful, in which case the course fees (including resources) would be approximately $4,000.
These fees are indicative for students enrolling full-time in government funded courses in 2016. Your fees will be calculated from your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Concessions and annual course fee caps may apply.

You are not required to pay the full non-subsidized cost of the course upfront. Should you be offered a place in the Full-time program a deposit of $500 is required to secure your place on the course.

Fee assistance

The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is not currently eligible for VET FEE-HELP loans from the Government.
Some students may be eligible to receive Austudy funding via Centrelink if studying full time. For further information please click here.

Some financial institutions offer student-friendly banking solutions and student loans so it is worth researching this option and approaching your existing bank to see if they offer this service.

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications.  First round offers: December 2016




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.

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



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