Full-time Course

Full Time Program

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (ACM 40412)

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The full time campus-based veterinary nursing course is completed in one year and is run at our purpose-built training centre in Technology Park, Bentley, WA.

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.

Due to the nature of this program, our students enjoy a high graduation rate with very strong employment prospects.

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

Method of Delivery

This 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.  We have over 100 veterinary practices in Perth with which we work closely to ensure quality work experience placements for all of our students.

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.


Total Cost for Full Time Program : $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 approximate course fees (including resources) would be $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.

These fees are fully inclusive and reflect the quality of the full time classroom based course and the continuous tuition and support you receive throughout the program.

The total tuition fees for this program cover the supply of study materials (including 23 modules), text books, surgery attire, name badges, classroom and student facilities, lecturer support and mentoring, field visits, guest lecturers, all practical equipment, veterinary clinic placement & training and insurance.

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. The remaining amount of $12,500 can then be paid in 10 monthly interest-free installments of $1,250 from February – November.

Should you join this program you are committed to these fees, even if you choose to transfer to one of our other programs or leave the program. However, should you withdraw from the course you only pay for the term you have studied in, not the full 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