How we select our students

How we select our Veterinary Nursing students

Our goal is to ensure our students achieve an impressive graduation and employment rate. Our selection criteria for offering places in the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing course plays a critical role in ensuring we achieve this goal each year.

We assess three main criteria when accepting students for the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing course.

Whilst each one of these items is important in selecting students for our programs, our main consideration is your aptitude and suitability for working as a veterinary nurse. Work experience in an animal-related industry is desirable, but it is not an essential requirement.

Our selection process also takes into consideration the quality of the application and how the prospective student performs during a formal interview. For more information about each of the selection criteria, please see below.


1. Your academic ability

We look for evidence of your ability to study at the Certificate IV level. This may be based on your completion of school or other studies. We do not apply strict rules on what schooling you need to have completed and all students can present evidence of their ability to show equivalency to this level.

For students that do not have evidence of previous studies we may ask you to complete an aptitude assessments that may allow you to demonstrate your ability. These assessments are designed to assess your language, literacy and numeracy skills. We may ask you to take some further background studies if we feel you need extra study experience.

2. Exposure to animal care

We are looking for students with a background involving animals and has an affinity towards animals. This may be in the form of owning your own pets to living or working on a farm, volunteering or working in animal shelters, wildlife rehabilitation centres, pet shops, dog grooming and other animal related activities. We particularly value exposure to veterinary practice in the form of work experience or employment.

3. Your overall suitability to Veterinary Nursing

We are looking for students with the commitment and personality that would likely support working in the industry. A professional, mature, positive, hard working attitude with good interpersonal skills are all qualities veterinary employers are looking for in a veterinary nurse. You will only be offered a place in our courses if we genuinely feel you have a good chance of gaining employment in the industry once you have gained your qualification.


Additional considerations

Requirements for our supported eLearning students

Places are offered to supported eLearning (online correspondence) students based on the availability of a Veterinary Practice to support your training. If not already employed in a practice, you are required to locate a practice willing to support you. For prospective students we have a package we can send you which may assist you to locate a practice to support your studies.

What happens if you do not meet the criteria?

If we are not able to offer you a place at the time of your application, we will advise you on the best plan for you to be considered at a later time. This may include an education pathway such as qualifications in animal studies or seeking work experience.


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