How do I become a Veterinary Nurse? What are the best steps to take to become a Vet Nurse? How do I get started working with animals?
In this video, we meet an industry veteran, who has mentored and trained many, many nurses throughout her career. With over 25 years of experience in the Veterinary Industry, Jo Campbell, Practice Manager from Vetwest Animal Hospitals in WA talks about her career starting out as a Kennel Hand and how she transitioned through Veterinary Nursing to a role in management. She also provides specific advice for future students considering a career in veterinary nursing including steps you can take from the outset to assist you in your decision to start a veterinary nursing course pathway and how to get started.
What steps do you need to take to become a Qualified Veterinary Nurse?
Firstly, watch the video above or read Jo’s great tips on becoming a veterinary nurse. If you think becoming a vet nurse is for you, then it’s time to get started.
Jo’s top tips for becoming a Vet Nurse
- If you have a pet of your own, make sure you play an active role in looking after them. Walking, feeding and checking them.
- If your family pet is going to the veterinarian for a consultation, make sure you attend the visit.
- Gain some insight into what it’s like to work in the veterinary industry. Consider part-time work in entry roles such as a kennel hand or organise work experience through your school.
- Make sure you are really passionate about animals, enthusiastic and hard working.
- Do your research and make sure vet nursing is something that you really want to do.
If it is for you, just remember; no day is usually the same in a veterinary practice. Every day is different and be prepared for lots of cuddles! The next step is to meet the prerequisite.
How do you meet the prerequisite for Veterinary Nursing?
You can complete the nationally recognised qualification ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing via online, blended, part and full-time learning modes. The course takes between 1 and 2 years to complete but first you will need to meet the prerequisite for entry. Once you have met the prerequisite you can apply for the veterinary nursing qualification.
There are two options to meet the prerequisite. You must either:
You are in high school, can you get started now?
There’s a number of things you can do to improve your chances of a successful career in veterinary nursing.
If you are in upper high school and have access to a VET program or vocational education training program, you can start your studies now by completing one of our online prerequisite courses. We suggest speaking with your VET or careers co-ordinator now. You can also read more here: Information for High school students and graduates.
In addition, you can choose subjects that are aligned with those covered in the veterinary nursing course. Read more here: What subjects do I need to study at high school for veterinary nursing and why?
Don’t forget, make sure you start playing an active role in caring for your pets, and if you can; ask your VET or careers co-ordinator if you can do you work experience in a vet practice.