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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, Blended Learning 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. 

Preparing to submit your application for vet nursing

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’re 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 is limited to a small number of participants. 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’ll 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 for vet nursing?

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

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’re 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 and phone skills.
  • Records of education including school, college, TAFE, and 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’re going to ask you why you want to study and work as a veterinary nurse. You’ll 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 essential 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 straightforward 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.

Application dates for all Vet Nursing course delivery modes are detailed below. 

Video gallery

Please spend some time watching the videos below. They cover essential topics you need to know when applying for vet nursing at AVT.

By dedicating time to watch these videos, you’ll be equipped with the know-how and confidence to submit an application that truly stands out.

Application Status
Online eLearning Non-WA based students
Course runs: All Year
Blended Learning WA based students
Course runs: Mar 2024 – Sep 2025
Applications open: Now
On-Campus Part-time
Course runs: Mar 2024 - Sep 2025
Applications open: Now
On-Campus Full-time
Course runs: Dec 2024 - Dec 2025
Applications Open: Aug 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. 

Lower fees, local skills funding

ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing**

The ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is subsidised for students who meet the eligibility criteria, under Jobs and Skills WA. It is part of the Lower fees, local skills program.

The annual fees cap means that eligible non-concession students will only pay a maximum of $1,200 and concession-fee paying students or those aged under 25 will only pay up to $400 for enrolled units per year*.

*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.

Vet Nuring course - government subsidised lower fees local skills

Qualifications for high school students and graduates

If you’re a current high school student or graduate and are thinking about becoming a Veterinary Nurse, we recommend our entry level Certificate II courses such as ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care.

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

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