How to become a Veterinary Nurse in Australia


We are often asked, how do I become a Veterinary Nurse? What are the best steps to take to become a Vet Nurse? How do I get started?

In this video, we meet an industry veteran, who has mentored 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.

Would you like to start your study pathway towards Veterinary Nursing?

If you have been thinking about turning your dreams of becoming a veterinary nurse into reality, meet the prerequisite by completing one of our animal care courses.

ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care (Vet Nursing Pathway)

Learn about our Vet Nurse Pathway course which is held in a simulated veterinary nursing hospital and meet the prerequisite in just 10 weeks.

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Certificates in Animal Care - Choose an Option to Suit You!

We offer a variety of other options for our nationally recognised Certificate 2 and 3 in Animal Care courses delivered online and on-campus. All of our Animal Care certificates meet the prerequisite for Veterinary Nursing.

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About AVT

We have been training animal care, horse care and veterinary nursing students for over 20 years in Australia. Students who undertake AVT courses range from high school-aged students just starting their pre-vocational journey right through to mature-aged students seeking an alternative career path. Graduates are highly respected and sought after by industry professionals, businesses and organisations. If you want the background knowledge and skills to help you secure your career in the animal care industry, check out our nationally recognised qualifications here or sharpen your skills in one of our workshops.

Why choose AVT?

A recent NCVER VET student outcomes report for Applied Vocational Training graduates found:-

  • 89.5% were employed or enrolled in further study after training.
  • 93.6% were satisfied with the overall quality of their training.
  • 95.5% would recommend the training and 93.0% would recommend their training provider.
  • 89.4% achieved their main reason for doing the training.


Just starting out


Finally, if you are just starting out and haven’t yet completed a veterinary nurse qualification, we offer both the pre-requisite qualification,  ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care as well as ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.  Our equine focused course, ACM20217 Certificate II in Horse Care also meets the pre-requisite for AVT's Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Here’s some links to get you started:


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