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Veterinary Nursing

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About the Veterinary Nursing course

Our Veterinary Nursing qualification is aimed at those who want a career as a veterinary nurse or those already working in veterinary care positions. We offer a variety of study modes including Online and On-campus options, studying across 1-2 years. The role of a veterinary nurse is diverse, exciting, rewarding and one in which you will never stop learning. This certificate will introduce you to a range of skills and knowledge across several species of animals. Read the course page here

Preparing to submit your application

Applications for our online, part-time or full-time ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing course are open at different times of the year. If you are thinking about applying, we encourage you to read through the following information.

Why you need to keep reading

This course is highly competitive because our intake for on-campus and funded courses are limited to a small number of participants.  This also means our approach to education is highly personalised and our trainers and support team will work closely with you to ensure your study journey is a success. For WA based funded students, we also hand select and organise a local veterinary practice to host your workplace practical training throughout the year. 

You will also find the course content is high level and intense. This is just one of the reasons why our graduates are highly sought after by industry. In fact, many of our graduates have paid jobs in the veterinary industry prior to graduation.

With this said, now let’s get you prepared.

To make a successful application, and be shortlisted for an interview here are a few things you are going to need for your online application.

Do you meet the entry requirements?

We recommend reading our detailed selection process page to learn more about the prerequisite and entry to the course. Read More

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

If you don’t already have a USI number, you will need to apply for one. This is easy to do, just go to our USI page to find out more.

Previous study and experience

We are also going to ask you about your previous working experience, whether that be an employed position or even volunteer work. If you have any proof of work experience or employment, make sure you have a digital copy on hand to upload, particularly if it is related to working with animals or is able to demonstrate that you have customer service/communication skills .

Here are just some of the documents that are of interest:-

  • Resume
  • References (personal, work or education related references on business letterhead)
  • Offers of employment or work experience
  • Short courses you may have undertaken
  • Evidence of experience in caring for animals
  • Evidence of working and communicating with other people as part of a previous job e.g. customer service skills and phone skills.
  • Records of education including school, college, TAFE, university records
  • Work experience references/ statements
    Statement(s) of Attainment for previously studied units/courses
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Don’t miss this step – Your why!

We are going to ask you why you want to study and work as a veterinary nurse. You will need to write at least 250 words telling us why you are applying and include any information about your past experience with animals. This is one of the most important parts of your application, so think carefully before submitting your statement.


We’ll also be asking you quite a few other questions, but they are all pretty straight forward and easy to answer. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line using our contact us form and one of our friendly team members will be in touch.

For more information visit our ACM40418 Certificate of IV in Veterinary Nursing Course page.

Applications dates for all Vet Nursing course delivery modes are detailed below. You can also apply for our online eLearning course with a more flexible commencement date:  Learn more HERE

Course Dates
Online eLearning Non-WA based students
Course runs: All Year
Online eLearning WA based students
Course runs: October 2022
Applications open: To be advised
On-Campus Full-time
Course runs: Feb 2023 - Dec 2023
Applications Open: Aug 2022
On-Campus Part-time
Course runs: Jul 2023 - Dec 2024

Our funded courses have limited places with high demand. Where applicable, we reserve the right to close course intakes before the advertised close date. We recommend submitting your application below, as early as possible. 

2022 New Fees Announcement - Lower Fees, Local Skills
ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing**

The Certificate in Veterinary Nursing is part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative where you’ll only pay half the course fees from January until December 2022. Fees are capped at $1,200; or $400 if you’re aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession, plus resource fees and other fees that may apply to your course. See full details including eligibility guidelines here

Vet Nuring course - government subsidised lower fees local skills

Qualifications for high school students and graduates

If you are a current high school student or graduate and are thinking about becoming a Veterinary Nurse, we recommend starting out with our entry level  Certificate II courses.  ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care  and ACM20217 Certificate II in Horsecare are great places for students to start out.

To learn more about the options we recommend visiting our High School Students and Graduates page.

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