Modes of delivery
ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing formerly ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is offered via two study methods. This includes our full-time on-campus course based in Bentley, Western Australia and our online eLearning course offering a more flexible approach to learning. Learn more about our study modes here
Certificate II in Animal Studies OR a relevant Certificate III or higher level qualification in an animal science discipline (OR equivalent skills or knowledge) is a pre-requisite for this course. Learn more about entry requirements here
Your animal care pathway
Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing is a natural progression pathway from either ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies (previously ACM20110) or ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies (previously ACM30110) and ACM40317 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. Learn more about course outcomes here
Whether you choose to study online or on-campus all students are required to complete a minimum of 500 hours of workplace practical training. If you are based in Perth, Western Australia we will organise a placement for you at no extra cost. If you are not based in Perth, you will be required to secure a work placement location for your practical training. Learn more about work placements here
The AVT Difference
Due to the intensive nature of this program, our students consistently enjoy a high graduation rate with very strong employment prospects. You will be recognised as a qualified and registered veterinary nurse in Australia.Here's just a handful of reasons why students choose AVT:-
- We organise your work placement in a reputable veterinary hospitals (for Perth, Western Australia WA based students)
- Your peers are like-minded because we thoroughly screen and review our applicants to maintain a high level of academic success
- Our team members know our students by name not by number! They are friendly and approachable and are available throughout the course to provide expert advice and coaching. They will also monitor and guide your progression
- We are a dedicated animal care college. No plumbing or hairdressing courses here!
- We are proud of the high graduation and employment rate of our students
- We are trusted and respected by industry - employers request our graduates
- Our course material is written by Veterinarians and Animal Scientists who are employed directly by AVT
- Our insurance arrangements ensure our students are protected throughout their training programs - both on-campus and in work placements (Australia based students only)
- We are an independent animal care and veterinary nursing registered training organisation. We do not have third party arrangements with other training providers to acquire content or distribute qualifications. We take pride in developing and delivering our own course material.
At AVT, we combine a high standard of theoretical knowledge taught in our facility located in Bentley or available online and combine it with intensive practical training. This allows you to gain the competence and confidence required for an exciting and rewarding career in a variety of animal care careers.
Are you choosing a registered training organisation?
AVT 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. We strongly recommend you search the training.gov.au website for any training organisation you maybe considering.
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Study Modes and Course Delivery OverviewACM40118 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is currently being offered via two study modes including Online eLearning and On-Campus Full-time.
Online eLearningIdeal for students:
- who are based in the country or interstate,
- or who want the flexibility to study at home,
- who are seeking a self-paced course.
Key course information
|Duration||This is a self-paced course, allowing you to study at a pace that suits your lifestyle, up to two years at your own pace.|
|Delivery method||Online access to learning centre with full support of our educators via phone, email or Skype.|
|Attendance||On-campus attendance is not required. Non-compulsory, practical workshops and assessment sessions are offered throughout the year at our Bentley campus.|
|Practical training||You are required to participate in at least 500 hours of practical workplace training in a veterinary practice. A placement will be pre-arranged by our supervised work practice placement program if you are based in the Western Australian, Perth metropolitan area. For non-Perth metropolitan based residents, if you have not already secured a work placement we will provide you with a comprehensive resource to assist you in securing a work placement in your local area. If you are already working in a veterinary practice, your employed hours may contribute towards your workplace training hours.|
|Assessment methods||Range from online assignments and tests, oral testing via telephone or Skype, case studies, and video submissions of practical tasks and on-site face-to-face assessments (if location permits).|
|Course commencement||At any time of year to suit student and subject to support from a Veterinary Practice. Please see the 'Course Entry' tab for more detailed information about registration, application and start dates.|
The Supported online eLearning program gives you access to all learning materials and units via our online learning system, as well as all presentation materials from lectures delivered on campus at the time. You will not be required to attend lectures.
You will be required to study several units at a time, working through the learning material, supplemented with the required textbook and recommended references. Assessments and assignments are all submitted via our online learning system. Support is available to you via phone, email or Skype. Our training centre is open during both the school terms and most school holidays.
About workplace practical training (veterinary hospital work placement)
In addition to completing the course online theory, you are required to participate in at least 500 hours of practical training in a veterinary practice. You can learn more about workplace practical training here
If you are a Perth based student, AVT will pre-organise your work placement in consultation with you. We endeavour to cater for specific requests where possible such as your availability on given days of the week. If you are not Perth based, you will need to organise your own work placement to suit your location and commitments. If you are already employed in a veterinary practice, it is possible your employed hours may contribute towards your practical training hours.
Whether you are organising your own placement or you have a pre-organised work placement, we always recommended attending a veterinary practice on a regular basis throughout your studies, eg one day a week or one day a fortnight. Depending on your weekly or fortnightly attendance throughout the course, you may also need to complete several weeks or two week blocks to achieve the minimum required 500 hours.
For additional information on workplace practical training see the Work Placement section in the Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of this page.
- are Perth based
- can commit to a full-time study schedule
- can commit to a weekly workplace training schedule
- can commit to a full academic year of study
Key course information
|Duration||One year full time campus-based course.|
|Delivery method||Face to face group lectures, activities, tutorials and practicals at our Bentley, WA training centre with additional off-site excursions.|
|Attendance||You are required to commit to 4 days a week including 2 days on-campus in Bentley and 2 days in a veterinary practice during school terms. Non-compulsory, practical workshops are also offered throughout the year at our Bentley campus.|
|Practical training||You are required to participate in 500 hours of practical workplace training in a veterinary practice. A placement will be pre-arranged by our supervised work practice placement program.|
|Assessment methods||Range from assignments and tests, case studies, practical tasks and on-site face-to-face assessments.|
|Next course commences||February 2020.|
As a full-time student you will attend our campus in Bentley, Western Australia to participate in face-to-face lectures, group activities, tutorials and practical lessons. You will also be invited to off-site excursions and field trips to various animal related establishments.
We run two separate classes to ensure you receive a personable learning experience. Every student has the opportunity to contribute and participate actively in classroom and practical sessions. In addition to classes we also ensure students have access to 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 2 days a week (9.00am–4.00pm), followed by 2 days a week in 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 veterinary practice) if all course requirements have been met during school term.
Field trips and excursions
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.
About workplace practical training (veterinary hospital work placement)
Your workplace practical 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. You are required to complete 500 hours of workplace practical training and our course fee includes insurance cover for the mandatory work placement you take during your course regardless of the course delivery method you choose.
An Important Note about on-campus studyEnrolments for our next on-campus course will be for the Full-time February 2020 intake. If you would like a more flexible study option, we encourage you to apply for our online course. For Perth metropolitan based students, we will organise your work placement and for students located throughout Western Australia, you may also be eligible for the Jobs & Skills WA (formerly FutureSkillsWA) subsidy which dramatically reduces the cost of the course. Subsidised places are offered upon successful completion of the application and interview process and are subject to availability.
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What subject units will I study?
All Certificate IV in Veterinary Nurse students are required to complete the following units during their course. These units are internal units of study and closely follow a national training program developed by veterinarians to provide a quality knowledge base for veterinary nurses.
Your core units are:
This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to collect biological samples and perform pathology procedures, including maintaining the integrity of samples and preparing consignments for diagnostic laboratories.
Your compulsory elective units are:
Prerequisites for ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary NursingStudents must hold a Certificate II in Animal Studies OR hold a relevant Certificate III or higher level qualification in an animal science discipline OR can demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge in a relevant animal science discipline (more information here) to any of the above qualifications. If you do not have any of the above pre-requisites you will need to complete our Certificate II in Animal Studies
When and how can I apply?If you meet the pre-requisite requirements for ACM40418 Cert IV in Vet Nursing as outlined then simply register your interest here. The next online eLearning intake will be in February 2019 and on-campus intake will be in February 2020.
- ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies
- ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies
- ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies at the RSPCA WA.
Demonstrating Equivalent Skills and Knowledge (equivalency)If you think you are able to demonstrate the equivalent skills and knowledge from previous studies or workplace experience that are obtained via the Certificate II in Animal Studies, you can apply for equivalency as part of our pre-application and application process. Here's how it works:-
- If you have successfully completed one of the AVT recognised animal care qualifications listed below - you will need to submit your Certificate and completion documents such as a Statement of Attainment during the application process.
- If you have completed an alternative qualification that may be equivalent - you will need to submit your Certificate and completion documents such as a Statement of Attainment during the pre-application process. We will review your documents prior to application.
- If you have relevant skills and knowledge as a result of workplace experience - you will need to submit an application for equivalency review as part of our pre-application process. A fee of $185 applies.
Does meeting the pre-requisite requirement guarantee entry?Meeting the compulsory pre-requisite or equivalency does not guarantee entry into ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Once pre-requisites have been met, prospective students may then apply for entry in to ACM40418 and are subject to the course selection criteria as described below>>
What are examples of skills you need to demonstrate equivalency?Equivalency of the pre-requisite qualification, Certificate II in Animal Studies may include relevant employed or voluntary (work experience) positions in a range of animal care facilities. For example, having worked in an animal care facility or veterinary hospital for at least 1 year and performing tasks that include:
- basic care of animals, including feeding, exercise, grooming, washing of animals
- understanding of basic animal care needs i.e. diet, fleas, worms etc
- cleaning/ hygiene procedures of the animal’s environment, eg cage, enclosure, bedding, stable
- handling animals regularly using appropriate handling and restraint methods and can identify basic animal behaviour signs
- observing and recording animals’ behaviour
- providing treatments and medications as instructed
- following Occupational Health and Safety guidelines with an understanding of hazards in the animal care industry,
- Ability to identify basic health care concerns in animals i.e. canine cough, ringworm, cat flu etc
- working in a team environment
- interacting with clients/owners of animals
What types of animal related workplaces are relevant?Examples of animal care related workplaces where you will need to demonstrate at least a minimum of 1 years’ experience within the last 12 months include:-
- Animal shelters
- Veterinary practices
- Pet shops
- Animal research facilities
- Other areas of animal care work where the student is completing tasks under supervision.
What other animal science related qualifications are relevant and are deemed equivalent to the Certificate II in Animal Studies?The following nationally recognised qualifications (AVT recognised) are examples of related qualifications that can be deemed equivalent:-
- ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies
- ACM30217 Certificate III in Animal Technology
- ACM30317 Certificate III in Captive Animals
- ACM30417 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services
- ACM30617 Certificate III in Pet Grooming
- ACM40117 Certificate IV in Animal Control and Regulation
- ACM40217 Certificate IV in Captive Animals
- ACM40617 Certificate IV in Pet Styling
- ACM50117 Diploma of Animal Technology
- ACM50317 Diploma of Horse Stud Management
- ACM50417 Diploma of performance Horse Management:
- Animal Science
- Animal Conservation
- Animal Management
What evidence do you need of my work related experience and qualifications?In order for us to ascertain whether you meet the prerequisites and are therefore eligible to apply for the ACM40418 Certificte IV in Veterinary Nursing, you need to provide evidence which is relevant and current and may include:
- formal qualification documents including a certificate and results listing all units studied
- relevant work history, whether that be voluntary or employed work (including description of the workplace, position held, duties undertaken, duration and supervisor details)
- references from relevant employers and supervisors
Selection criteria for the Certificate IV in Veterinary NursingOur graduates are sought after by Veterinary Practices throughout Australia. One of the reasons for this is our selection process. For this reason, places in the AVT Veterinary Nursing course are highly competitive and limited. Unfortunately, this means meeting the pre-requisite requirements does not guarantee you will be accepted into the course. Once you have met the pre-requisite requirements for the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, your application will then go through our normal selection process.
In 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 a prerequisite, when selecting students, we also consider other criteria as outlined below.
1. Academic abilityWe 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.
It is recommended that you have completed or have equivalent language, literacy and numeracy at a year 12 high school level. Throughout this course, you will be required to read and interpret workplace policy and procedures, perform moderate level calculations and exercise various forms of workplace communications.
For students that do not have evidence of previous studies we may ask you to complete one of our own 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. Your suitability to Veterinary NursingWe 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 what veterinary employers are looking for in a veterinary nurse.
There is a large practical component to the course that will require you to be physically involved with the restraint of animals, handling of animal feed e.g. large bags of food of up to 15 kg, and you may need to to stand for extended periods of time.
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.
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.
The selection process will also take into consideration the quality of the application and how the prospective student performs during a formal interview.
Entry via RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning)In addition to the normal entry process outlined above, if you already have significant animal care and veterinary nursing skills and experience it is possible you may be eligible for our RPL program. Find out more information about our RPL program here
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What are the course fees and what does it include?Our fees reflect the quality of the continuous tuition and support you receive throughout the program. Pricing and payment plan options depend on course delivery option chosen as shown below. See the fees section of our policies page for more specific information on fees.
|Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing|
Max of 2 years studied at your own pace
Classroom and practical
Online theory plus practical work placement. Non-mandatory practical on-campus workshops
2 days on-campus, 2 days practical training per week
Not required. Student schedules practical training to suit, ideally 1 day per week
|AVT Pre-organised work placement (if not currently employed)||
|Work Practical Placement guide (to assist you in securing a work placement)|
|Learning guides (23 units)||
|One-on-one mentoring via phone, email, skype|
|Excursions and incursions||
|Assessments and certification (on successful completion)|
|Workplace practical insurance cover|
|Access to purpose built training facilities||
If attending workshop training sessions
|AVT vet nurse practical kit including:|
|High quality medical grade stethoscope|
|Nurses fob watch|
|Surgery attire and name badge|
|Flexible Payment Plan options|
|Fees (non-funded students)|
|Fees (funded students)^|
$2,002 - $4,226 ^See important note below, subsidy and concession may apply.
$1,279 - $3,502 ^See important note below, subsidy and concession may apply
Important note ^The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is eligible for government subsidisation under the Jobs & Skills WA program for both our Full-time On-Campus and online study modes. The fee range shown above is indicative and includes subsidised and full fee paying costs. All fees shown are subject to change at any given time. Subsidised places are limited and are subject to availability. The Student tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as student service and resource fees.
To be eligible for the subsidised fees students must:
- Be over the age of 18 years old in the year of enrolment
- Have primary residence in Western Australia
- Have a valid USI (Unique Student Identifier)
- Be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or hold an approved temporary visa subclass
- Students not eligible for government subsidised fees will be subject to the full fee tuition cost of $15,400 for 2019 on-campus full-time enrolments.
Payment plansPayment plans generally run for 10 or 20 months depending on how long you have nominated to complete the course.
Credit transfers and feesCourse costs will be reduced where credit transfers apply. For more information about Credit transfers visit our RPL page here.
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OutcomesOn successful completion you will be awarded the nationally recognised qualification, ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. You will receive a statement indicating completion of the individual units of study. You will also be invited to attend our graduation ceremony held in Perth in December every year where you will be formally presented with a certificate. At this ceremony, top achieving students are also recognised and receive both commendations and prizes.
Job OutcomesOn completion of your course the most common career path is directly into a Veterinary Nursing role in a veterinary practice. You could also find yourself working in a zoo, shelter, local council, laboratory, farm, office, or even on the road as a pharmaceutical or food company representative. Alternatively, you may choose to pursue higher level qualifications such as a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing or even a Bachelor of Science.
Here's just a few examples of the types of roles Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing qualified nurses find themselves in:-
- Veterinary nurse
- Veterinary surgical assistant
- Veterinary receptionist
- Practice manager
- Veterinary nurse in a specialist or emergency centre
- Representative for animal related pharmaceutical or nutrition companies
- Animal welfare officer
- Zoo veterinary assistant
- Vocational educator
Skills OutcomesSome of the skills you will be able to apply in practice once qualified include:-
- Nursing and monitoring patients
- Administering medication
- Surgical preparation and assistance
- Taking blood samples
- Monitoring anaesthesia
- Taking x-rays (radiography)
- Laboratory processing
- Dental procedures (scale and polish)
- Emergency and critical care nursing
- Nurse consultations providing behavioural advice, nutrition management, dental care, puppy school instruction, wound management and post operative care.
- Customer service and client education
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Register your interest today!
ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing has only recently been endorsed and approved and has now replaced ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. You can register your interest today for our online or on-campus courses here.
Online eLearning Course starting soon
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Get a head start
Want a head start? The new qualification requires students to meet pre-requisite requirements. You can start today by completing an animal studies qualification. For more information about the qualification changes visit this page