Vet Nursing

ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Become a Qualified Vet Nurse in Australia

Are you passionate about animals and their care? Have you ever thought about becoming a Vet Nurse? The only nationally accredited and recognised Veterinary Nursing Certificate, ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing,  is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to commence your career as a veterinary nurse or to gain a qualification as an experienced professional.

With over 90% of AVT veterinary nursing students gaining employment during or after they complete their studies, studying with AVT will put you ahead of the rest. Take your love of animals and a desire to care for animals, and choose this course to provide you with the necessary hands-on skills and theoretical knowledge to work in the veterinary and animal care industry.

Course snapshot

Duration: 1-2 years

Upcoming Courses

Part-time On-campus: Jul 2024 to Dec 2025

Full-time On-campus: Dec 2024 to Dec 2025

Online (Non-funded): Open all year
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Fees: View fee table

Practical Training: In a Veterinary Hospital or Clinic

Prerequisite for Vet Nursing: ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care or higher, or equivalent skills and knowledge. View our detailed prerequisite info here

Best suited to: Students who have completed a qualification in Animal Care or who have recent experience in the animal care industry

Lower fees, local skills funding

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 resource fees and other fees.

Vet Nuring course - government subsidised lower fees local skills
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Course outline

You can choose! Our Veterinary Nursing course is offered via three study modes:

  • Full-time on-campus funded course based in Perth, Western Australia, commencing full-time study in January each year with a course commencement day in December.
  • Part-time on-campus funded course based in Perth, Western Australia, commencing in March each year.
  • Online non-funded course which can be studied from anywhere in Australia offering a flexible approach to learning with more flexible start dates.

If you’re unsure which study mode is best for you:

Attendance for your classes and work placement is mandatory and essential for you to complete your course successfully. Non-attendance or continued non-contact with AVT may result in you being withdrawn from the course and loss of your Jobs and Skills WA funded place (if eligible). For more information, please watch this video.

Full-time On-campus

Duration1 year course
On-campus2 days per week at our Ascot WA Campus
ExcursionsRegular off-site excursions and field trips
Workplace Training   2 days per week at a Veterinary Practice
Online Study8 hours per week
EligibilityPerth, WA based students only
FundingJobs and Skills WA funding available*
Support Face-to-face contact, phone, chat or email

The course commences in December, followed by weekly classes starting in late January. You will be qualified and ready for employment by the end of the year however, many students are offered and begin paid work during their studies.

During term breaks (holiday breaks), you are not required to attend class or your veterinary clinic for work placement if all course requirements have been met during the school term.

Part-time On-campus

Duration1.5 years
On-campus1 day per week at our Ascot WA Campus
ExcursionsRelevant off-site excursions and field trips
Workplace Training   1 day per week at a Veterinary Practice
Online Study4 hours per week
EligibilityPerth, WA based students only
FundingJobs and Skills WA funding available*
Support Face-to-face contact, phone, chat or email

During term breaks (holiday breaks), you are not required to attend class or your veterinary clinic for work placement if all course requirements have been met during the school term.

Online 

DurationUp to 2 years
Workplace Training   1 day per week at a Veterinary Practice
Online Study12-16 hours per week
EligibilityAustralia wide
FundingNot applicable
Support Phone, chat, email or video conference

This is your most flexible study option. Students study several units at once, working through the learning material supplemented with the required textbook and recommended references. All assessments and assignments are submitted via our online learning system.

An exciting and essential part of the course is workplace practical training in a local veterinary practice.

Who organises my work placement?

  • If you’re a WA based Jobs and Skills funded student OR a Perth and Greater Perth non-funded student:
    AVT will organise your work placement in a reputable veterinary practice as part of the course cost.
  • If you’re a regional WA or a non-WA student:
    You will organise your own work placement. You will be provided with detailed information on how to find a work placement.

The number of hours required in a workplace depends on how quickly you can complete your workplace assessments and competencies.

Your course fee includes insurance cover for your work placement regardless of the course delivery method you choose (only applies to students in Australian-based workplaces).

For more information, view the FAQ section on Work Placement below.

To be considered for entry into Veterinary Nursing, you must have any one of the following prerequisites:

Prerequisite detailed information 

Are you currently in high school?

We recommend reading our dedicated post, “What subjects do I need to study at high school for Veterinary Nursing and why?

Other requirements

You will also:

  • Have a reliable internet connection and access to a desktop computer, laptop or electronic device. You will be required to write, submit and in some cases, upload assessments and various types of multi-media files online. Therefore we strongly recommend using a desktop or laptop computer for your studies.
  • Be proficient in speaking and writing in English.
  • Be physically capable of restraining animals, handling animal feed e.g., large bags of food of up to 10kg and standing for extended periods of time.
  • Need to be a minimum of 18 years of age or be turning 18 during the academic year.
AVT selection process
Our goal is to see students succeed in their animal care career path and to ensure we provide the veterinary industry with high quality, employable graduates. Assessing whether or not you meet the entry requirements for this course is done by a personalised review of each and every applicant.
 
Concerned about your application?
If you are concerned you do not meet the prerequisite, simply contact us. We will review your individual situation and advise on the best way forward.
 

International students
Please note that we are not registered with the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Please visit the CRICOS website to view education providers that offer courses to people studying in Australia on student visas. We are unable to offer this course to students currently living overseas or those on a student visa. For more information visit our frequently asked questions below:

You will be required to wear:

  • An AVT scrub top and name badge (supplied by AVT)
  • Enclosed black shoes (supplied by student),
  • Neatly presented, long comfortable work pants suitable for bending and manual work (supplied by student).

You will be required to wear the AVT uniform to all excursions and your work placement unless specified by your workplace.

Please watch our informational videos prior to submitting your application.
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What will you learn?

Throughout the course you will complete 21 units of study covering a broad range of topics relating to veterinary nursing care. You will become competent in:

  • Nursing and monitoring patients
  • Administering medication
  • Providing surgical assistance and monitoring anaesthesia
  • Taking and processing blood samples
  • Taking x-rays (radiography)
  • Basic dental procedures
  • Undertaking emergency and critical care nursing
  • Nurse consultations e.g. behavioural, nutrition, dental, wound care, post operative advice 
  • Providing advice to pet owners

The skills and knowledge you learn can be applied as a Veterinary Nurse in a broad range of organisations requiring veterinary services. Learn more: Top 7 reasons why you should choose a career in the veterinary industry

 

Become a Veterinary Nurse - course and qualification outline

Course outcomes

On successful completion, you will be awarded the nationally recognised qualification, ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.  

The most common career path for graduates 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 pursue higher level qualifications such as a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing or even a Bachelor of Science.

Job Outcomes

Here’s just a few examples of the types of roles available:

  • Veterinary nurse
  • Veterinary surgical assistant
  • Veterinary receptionist
  • Practice manager
  • Veterinary nurse in a specialist or emergency centre
  • A representative for animal-related pharmaceutical or nutrition companies
  • Animal welfare officer
  • Zoo veterinary assistant
  • Vocational educator

Career Opportunities

This course will prepare you for career opportunities in a range of veterinary centred organisations such as:

  • General practice clinics and hospitals
  • Veterinary emergency centres
  • Veterinary specialist centres
  • Wildlife and animal rescue and rehabilitation centres
  • Welfare organisations such as the RSPCA
  • Zoos and wildlife parks
  • Education facilities, including universities and technical colleges such as AVT
  • Veterinary diagnostic laboratories
  • Veterinary pharmaceutical and nutrition companies
  • Research institutions

Course content

All students must complete the following core units:

  • ACMVET202 Carry out daily practice routines
  • ACMVET401 Coordinate veterinary reception duties
  • ACMVET402 Apply imaging routines
  • ACMVET403 Perform clinical pathology procedures
  • ACMVET404 Perform practice office procedures
  • ACMVET405 Coordinate and perform surgical nursing routines
  • ACMVET406 Nurse animals
  • ACMVET407 Carry out medical nursing routines
  • ACMVET408 Provide nutritional advice and support for animals
  • ACMVET409 Provide specific animal care advice
  • ACMVET410 Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures
  • ACMVET413 Prepare for anaesthesia and monitor animal anaesthesia and analgesia
  • ACMVET416 Assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisons
  • ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
  • ACMGAS307 Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
  • ACMGAS308 Communicate effectively with clients and team members
  • ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes

You must also complete the following compulsory elective units:

  • ACMARM403 Identify and respond to animal behaviour in animal management and regulation environment
  • ACMSPE312 Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits (*Qld Students) ^
  • ACMGEN304 Promote positive wellbeing in self and others in animal care workplaces
Online eLearning students can choose from one of the following units:

Why choose AVT for your Veterinary Nursing Course?

  • Professionally written and delivered course with engaging classroom sessions and convenient online and face-to-face assistance to help you apply theory effortlessly
  • Your work placement is preorganised in a reputable veterinary practice (for WA based students)
  • A high standard of theoretical knowledge with intensive practical training, allowing you to gain the competence and confidence required for your career
  • Employers request our graduates! This certificate increases your opportunities for employmentin the animal care industry plus it will give you recognition towards further studies.  Learn More >>
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AVT is an independent animal care focused Registered Training Organisation (RTO). We do not have third-party arrangements with other training providers to acquire content or distribute qualifications. All course material is written and delivered by our team of educators. 

 

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Course fees

Fees vary depending on the course delivery mode, your individual circumstances, eligibility for government support, concession status, the time of intake and credit transfers. If you’re unsure whether you qualify for a Jobs and Skills WA subsidised place, please contact our Student Support team on 08 9472 1804 or request a call.

Please visit our Fees Table for detailed information on course fees.

See the veterinary nursing fees and funding page and policies page for more details. All fees are payable via our monthly payment plan.

Apply for open intakes or register your interest for upcoming intakes below

  • Our funded courses have limited places. Submit your application as early as possible as we may close course intakes before the advertised close date.
  • Increase your chances of making a successful application. Read our Preparing to Submit your Application Guide.

If you are employed more than 20 hours per week and meet the Jobs and Skills WA eligibility criteria you may be eligible for a subsidised place!  Read the criteria >>

If you are employed more than 20 hours per week and meet the Jobs and Skills WA eligibility criteria you may be eligible for a subsidised place!  Read the criteria >>

Apply now for open intakes or register your interest for upcoming intakes below

  • Our funded courses have limited places. Submit your application as early as possible as we may close course intakes before the advertised close date.
  • Increase your chances of making a successful application. Read our Preparing to Submit your Application Guide.
Intakes
Application Status
Online
Course runs: All Year
On-Campus Part-time
Course runs: Jul 2024 - Dec 2025
Applications close: Thursday 30 May 2024
On-Campus Full-time
Course runs: Dec 2024 - Dec 2025
Applications open: Aug 2024
Prior to submitting your application, we recommend reading  our detailed information: Preparing to Submit your Application.  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, as early as possible.
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Jul 24 - Dec 25
Future intake:
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Dec 24 - Dec 25
Future intake:
Dec 25 - Dec 26
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Blended Learning

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Future Intake:
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Dec 24 - Dec 25
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Apply for open intakes or register your interest for upcoming intakes below

  • Our funded courses have limited places. Submit your application as early as possible as we may close course intakes before the advertised close date.
  • Increase your chances of making a successful application. Read our Preparing to Submit your Application Guide.

On-Campus Courses

On-Campus Part-time

Study Part-Time
Jul 2024 - Dec 2025
Mar 2025 - Jul 2026

On-Campus Full-time

Study Full-Time
Dec 2024 - Dec 2025
Dec 2025 - Dec 2026

Online Course

Online Study
Open all year

We have temporarily closed applications while we fix a few technical issues.

Delays in submitting your form will not affect your application for the course. Applications for part-time and blended classes will be open until 5th February 2024.

We appreciate your understanding as we work to resolve these issues and look forward to receiving your application soon.

FAQs

General Information – FAQs Cert IV in Vet Nursing

We do not hold a formal Open Day, however we often attend careers expos and events organised by schools. Throughout the year we conduct information sessions which are offered by invitation. If you are interested in attending one of these sessions please contact us.

Animal Care Courses (Previously Animal Studies) 

ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care and ACM30122 Certificate III in Animal Care Services (previously Animal Studies) are Online Courses except for the on-campus / on-site courses below:

For the online courses, you do not need to attend lessons. A majority of your study will take place at home, online. You will also need to attend an approved workplace to complete practical training. All assessments are completed and submitted online.

Veterinary Nursing

Our ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing course is offered as online eLearning or on-campus delivery modes. If you choose our on-campus mode, you will be expected to attend classes at our campus each week throughout the term. Online students, do not need to attend classes.

Animal Behaviour and Training

ACM40322 Certificate IV in Animal Behaviour and Training is offered via blended learning. Your theory and interactive lessons are studied from home via online eLearning and Zoom classes, plus you will attend group training workshops at a training facility in Perth WA.

All online eLearning students from Animal Care, Animal Behaviour and Training, Horse Care and Veterinary Nursing qualifications are invited to attend workshops throughout the year. These helpful training sessions provide practical experience and give you face-to-face access to our lecturers and tutors. Workshops are held at our campus in Perth, Western Australia. For more information, visit our Workshops Page.

We have a team of highly qualified Trainers and Assessors who have worked in various areas of the animal industry (take a look at our ‘Meet Our Team’ page!). Our Trainers and Assessors are always on hand to answer any questions or provide further support, explanations or clarification of any of the course material. They’ll mentor and coach you through the course material when required. You can contact our Trainers via phone, email or video call.

A USI is your individual education number for life. It also gives you an online record of your vocational education and training (VET) undertaken in Australia.

To complete nationally recognised training, you need a USI. Without one, you can’t get your qualification or statement of attainment.

How do I get a USI?
Getting a USI is quick, easy and free. Follow the steps on the USI website.

All of our accredited courses and TAFE accredited courses share the same qualification upon completion. For example, our Veterinary Nursing course, ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, provides graduates with the same nationally recognised qualification as TAFE offers.

Similarly, all of our animal care courses such as ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care provide graduates with the same qualification and benefits as TAFE offers such as meeting the prerequisite for Veterinary Nursing.

So what is the difference between TAFE and AVT courses?

As a private Registered Training Organisation, with 25 years of experience in the Australian Animal Care training industry, our offering to students is uniquely different to that of TAFE and Tech Colleges.

  • We offer a personalised learning experience to students – we know our students by name and get to know each and every one of them!
  • Our training material goes beyond the requirements outlined by the government’s training package. We teach the qualification requirements, and we also teach many other things students need to know to secure a job and be successful in the workplace.
  • Our on-campus class sizes are smaller than larger institutions. This encourages more student participation and also provides more opportunities for students to undertake practical tasks.
  • We only deliver and offer animal care related courses at AVT, meaning everything revolves around animals for us! Whereas other training providers may offer a variety of courses from hairdressing to carpentry.
  • As a private institution, we have more freedom and include more practical classes, incursions and industry visits to make studying more exciting and enjoyable.
  • For Certificate IV veterinary nursing students who are Perth based, we arrange practical work placement in a reputable veterinary hospital or clinic in Perth.  We have long-standing relationships with over 120 vet practices in Perth that support our students throughout their studies.
  • Veterinary clinics and hospitals request our graduates due to their skills, knowledge and practical experience.
  • For many of our courses, our screening process is detailed and extensive as each of our students is hand-picked from a pool of applicants before being offered a position on the course. This means students will be surrounded by a highly motivated and engaged group of people.
  • We provide all students with mentoring and support outside the classroom to assist each student in successfully completing their course.

Will completing an AVT course instead of a TAFE course affect my qualification?

No, upon successful completion, both our courses and TAFE courses grant the same qualification. The qualification is recognised by industry bodies and employers. The difference lies in our delivery approach and industry focus as mentioned above.

Relevant FAQs

 

 

There are many online training providers offering “Certified” courses in animal care such as the Vet Assistant Certificate, Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Assistant and Animal Welfare, Dog Grooming Certificate, Equine Studies Certificate, Cat Care and Training Certificate, Animal Welfare Certificate and many others. Generally, these online courses are not accredited and therefore not nationally recognised by the Australian Government.

Only nationally accredited certificates offered by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) meet the prerequisite for Veterinary Nursing.  RTOs are regulated and audited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority or the relevant State regulator to ensure the course content meets certification standards and the provider complies with the legislation required to deliver the VET Quality Framework.  The best way to find a nationally accredited organisation offering nationally accredited courses is to search training.gov.au. Also, as a general rule, animal care related courses, commence with a code starting with ACM e.g. ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care

There are a number of online trainer providers providing animal care related courses that are not RTO’s and therefore their courses do not meet the prerequisite for ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.  Many of these courses are theory based and do not require you to obtain practical skills or have contact with animals which is essential for the prerequisite.  If you are considering a course in an animal care related area, we highly recommend choosing an accredited course. This ensures your certificate will be recognised by a future employer and you can continue your study pathway to veterinary nursing or another area of study.

For more information about the prerequisite and entry requirements for veterinary nursing visit: Selection Criteria and Entry into Veterinary Nursing

We have only one full-time on-campus intake for ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing per year. This commences in January each year with a compulsory induction and course commencement day in December. Applications open in August, prior to year of commencement.

Here is a summary of study mode options available for Veterinary Nursing:

  • Full-time on-campus: commence in February (with a compulsory induction and course commencement day in December)
  • Part-time on-campus: commence in March and July each year
  • Online: commence at any time during the year (non-WA students or those not eligible for Jobs and Skills WA subsidies)

Visit our application information for dates and more information. If you’re unsure which study mode is best for you, please see our comparison table or request a call from our Student Support team.

All Veterinary Nursing (Certificate IV level) students receive a hard copy textbook at the commencement of the course.

If you are studying via our online course you will be given access to the units and additional study materials digitally via our Online Learning System. 

If you are studying online, some retired unit textbooks are also available to purchase via our online store. Browse our store here >>

 

The table below details the duration and maximum allowable time you can take to complete our courses. Our online courses are self-paced, meaning you can obtain your qualification much sooner if you wish to as long as all assessments and training have been successfully completed.

Extensions are available on a case by case review. For more information about extensions please visit our Student Policies page.

QualificationDuration
ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care1 Year
ACM30122 Certificate III in Animal Care Services
2 Years
ACM40322 Certificate IV in Animal Behaviour & Training
1 Year
ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing Online eLearning
2 Years
ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing On-campus Full-time
1 Year
ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing On-campus Part-time
1.5 Years
Equine Veterinary Nursing Certificate1 Year

Individuals employed by a business under an Apprenticeship or Traineeship arrangement can nominate any RTO (Registered Training Provider) with the relevant qualifications on scope to provide training for their chosen qualification, provided that RTO has the capacity to deliver the qualification under traineeship conditions.

Often the choice of RTO is a joint decision made between the Employer and the Trainee/Apprentice, to ensure the mode of delivery is suitable for both Trainee and Employer needs,

AVT currently only accepts new entrant traineeship nominations for ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies, where the trainee has an approved training contract registered with the Apprenticeship Office.

Further information about Apprenticeships and Traineeships can be found at www.apprenticeshipsupport.com.au/states/Western-Australia

Our Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is offered on-campus at our Ascot training centre. You can choose to study part-time or full-time.

Studying full-time

Our full-time course is one year in duration and commences each year in January with a compulsory induction and course commencement day held in December. Each academic term runs for approximately 8–10 weeks with a 2–3 week break between terms. Classes run from 9am – 5pm with a morning, lunch and afternoon break. For the term schedule, including breaks, visit our calendar.

You will attend on-campus classes for two days a week and you will attend your veterinary work placement for two days a week. The remaining weekday is your personal study day to complete all homework assigned to you for that week, including reading course materials, completing online assessments and assignments, study and revision for any in-class tests and revision of your practical skills workbook and assignments.

You will also be required to attend excursions throughout the year. Your Trainers will assist you in managing your schedule to attend these events.

Studying part-time

Our part-time course is 18 months long and commences mid-year. Each academic term runs for approximately 8–10 weeks with a 2–3 week break between terms. Classes run from 8am – 5pm with a morning, lunch and afternoon break. For the term schedule, including breaks, visit our calendar.

You will attend on-campus classes 1 day a week and you will attend your veterinary work placement for one day a week. You will also require approximately 4-6 hours per week for home-based study. During this time you will complete all homework assigned to you for that week, including reading course materials, completing online assessments and assignments, study and revision for any in-class tests and revision of your practical skills workbook and assignments.

You will also be required to attend excursions throughout the year. Your Trainers will assist you in managing your schedule to attend these events.

Fees FAQs – Veterinary Nursing

None of the courses currently offered by Applied Vocational Training are eligible for Government HECS-HELP or VET Student Loans (formerly VET FEE-HELP).

HECS-HELP is a scheme that assists eligible Commonwealth supported students to pay their student contribution amount with either a loan or a discount for certain up-front payments. HECS‑HELP loans are available at all public universities and at a handful of private higher education providers.

VET Student Loans is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students studying diploma level and above qualifications to pay their tuition fees. VET Student Loans replaces VET FEE-HELP from 1 January 2017. There are no Government loans available for Certificate IV  and lower levels of study including those offered at AVT.

To find out if you may be eligible for alternative support such as Youth Allowance, we recommend contacting Centrelink .

WA based students, studying the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing may be eligible for a government subsidised place (Jobs and Skills WA). You can find out more information by visiting the Fees section on the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing page.

You may also be able to apply for financial or government assistance such as Austudy. You can find out more information by approaching The Department of Human Services (Centrelink).

We offer flexible monthly payment plans with instalments for all students. We do not require upfront full payment for any of our courses. Total course fees and payment plan structure vary with each course and individual circumstances. Visit the relevant qualifications page for more information or contact us for further details.

Work Placement FAQs – Cert IV in Vet Nursing

As a veterinary nursing student, your work placement or practical training work hours can be completed at one or more workplaces. Student placements within veterinary practices are highly sought after, so it can prove difficult to find more than one practice throughout your training.

To complete your placement at two or more workplaces, you must complete and submit the Practical Work Placement Approval Kit for each workplace.

You will receive a Practical Task Workbook containing a logbook and all the practical assessments you must complete during your placement.

Practical assessments include ‘Workplace Assignments’ that include activities such as case studies, photographs, written descriptions of workplace procedures and video evidence of practical tasks. These assessments are designed to see how well you can apply the information covered in the theory component of each unit.

Each unit also includes ‘Practical Task Worksheets’ outlining various tasks that you are expected to complete during your placement, with each task signed off by a supervisor once successfully completed. All practical assessments must be submitted to us via our online learning platform for assessment by one of our tutors.

A student attendance record is also included in the Workbook and your supervisor must sign this to confirm that you have completed the required number of hours during a placement.

During your placement, we will contact your supervisor to obtain feedback on your performance. This feedback will then be relayed to you.

Commonly asked questions about Workplace Practical Training

Self-organised work placements are only required for selected courses and delivery methods. As a general rule, our intensive, on-campus or on-site courses do not require you to organise a work placement. Check the relevant practical training/workplace information on the course page for more information.

Special note for ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing Students: Only non-funded regional WA and interstate Vet Nursing students are required to organise their own work placement.

Prior to starting your workplace practical placement, you must submit a signed ‘Workplace Approval Form’.

This form must be signed by the person who will be supervising you during your placement and returned to us BEFORE your placement starts.

The purpose of this form is to highlight the animals, facilities and equipment available to you and the types of work you will be exposed to during your work placement.

You must wait to receive confirmation from us that your work placement has been approved before beginning your practical placement.

If your work placement is not approved by AVT, and it is unsuitable for the purposes of this course, then any hours already completed there will not contribute to the completion of this qualification or any of the units of competency.

Commonly asked questions about Workplace Practical Training

It is a general rule that we prefer you to do your practical work placement during the week. Often weekend practice is quiet and might only see emergency cases. If the practice you are considering offers a full service, including sterilisations on weekends, then it might be a possibility. You can discuss this with our Student and Industry Liaison Officer.

Commonly asked questions about Workplace Practical Training

Unfortunately no, it does not matter how much time you have spent in practice or amount of experience you have prior to starting the course, you still need to enrol in each unit to enable us to verify your practical skills. Your workplace supervisor may decide that you have the skills required based on previous observations, but we need to ensure you are completing the practical tasks with the theoretical knowledge you are obtaining during your studies.

If you have previous experience working in the veterinary industry you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL). To find out if RPL may be relevant to you please visit our RPL page.

Commonly asked questions about Workplace Practical Training

 

Qualification FAQs – Cert IV in Vet Nursing

Yes, our qualifications in Vet Nursing, Horse Care (previously offered) and Animal Studies/Care are nationally recognised and accredited.

Our company, Applied Vocational Training (AVT),  is fully registered by the Australian Government training registration authority ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority).  Our Registered Training Organisation (RTO) number is 5273. The qualifications we offer are nationally recognised Certificates.

We’re also 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 may be considering.

For more information about the changes to ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing to ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing we recommend reading Important changes to the National Qualifications in Animal Studies and Veterinary Nursing

Please note the new course code is ACM40418. ACM40417 was not released.

We follow the national training package for all qualifications. The latest version of the training package can be viewed here. Training.gov.au is the Australian Government Website for registered training courses and providers.

International – FAQ for Veterinary Nurses

All qualifications offered by Applied Vocational Training require students to learn and demonstrate knowledge and practical application of a significant amount of Australian local and state legislation, regulations and standards.

In other countries, legislation, regulations and standards are often different, making it difficult for us to assess and recognise competence in all areas.

As such, Applied Vocational Training no longer accepts applications from students living overseas.

 

Related FAQ’s:

I currently live overseas, can I apply for your on-campus full-time course? Will I need an international student visa?

Can an RTO enrol an overseas visitor into a course and not be CRICOS registered?

I wish to study in Australia on a student visa. Can I study with Applied Vocational Training?

Is the Australian Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing recognised worldwide?

I am a non-resident visa holder, can I study with AVT?

 

In some cases, registered training organisations (RTOs) may enrol non-resident students who are temporarily visiting or reside in Australia on certain visas, other than study visas. However, some visas include restrictions on training. Most visas and sub-class visas clearly outline what your study rights are in Australia. It is the responsibility of the individual to check their study and work rights according to their individual visa. Further information is also available from the Department of Home Affairs.

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Students wishing to be considered for funded places in the ACM40418 Certificate  IV in Veterinary Nursing should visit this page for more detailed information about eligibility

Students wishing to be considered for funded places in the ACM20121 Certificate II in Animal Care (Health & Welfare) course should visit this page for detailed information about eligibility.

Students wishing to be considered for funding places in the ACM30122 Certificate III in Animal Care Services (RSPCA) course should visit this page for detailed information about eligibility.

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    In some cases, a registered training organisation (RTO) may enrol students who are temporarily visiting or reside in Australia on certain visas, other than study visas. However, some visas include restrictions on training. Most visas and sub-class visas clearly outline what your study rights are in Australia. It is the responsibility of the individual to check their study and work rights according to their individual visa* . Further information is also available from the Department of Home Affairs.

    *Any course undertaken by a student visa holder must be registered on CRICOS and training must be provided by a CRICOS registered provider (The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students). Applied Vocational Training is not a registered CRICOS provider and as such we are unable to accept applications from individuals wishing to study on a student visa.

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    Is the Australian Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing recognised worldwide?

     

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    This answer specifically addresses international students who wish to study in Australia on a Student Visa.

    Unfortunately, we are unable to assist individuals with studying as an international student in Australia as we do not have the necessary registration with our government to enrol students in Australia on a Student Visa. The required registration for this is CRICOS ‘The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students’.

    To find out more about studying in Australia we recommend visiting the Australian Government website: homeaffairs.gov.au. This will require applying for a student visa under the Vocational Education and Training Sector. However, you will need to have been accepted into a full-time study course by a CRICOS approved provider and then apply for the student visa. These normally take approximately 46 days to process.

    You may find CRICOS registered training institutions in Australia who can offer qualifications to international students. Some TAFE (Technical and Further Education) institutions hold CRICOS registration and offer courses in Animal Studies and Veterinary Nursing

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    The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is a nationally accredited and recognised qualification throughout Australia. It is important however to be aware that, to our knowledge, no arrangement for formal recognition of the Australian qualification in any country other than Australia exists.

    We do know some countries do not have formal qualifications for Veterinary Nursing and the Australian qualification is highly regarded across and often results in employment in these countries. In addition, some countries may consider part or all of Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing as eligible to apply for recognition for prior learning or equivalency to their own qualification. For example, this is the case in the United Kingdom (UK).

    Graduates of the Australian Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing who are considering applying for veterinary nursing positions overseas will need to investigate potential pathways for recognition by contacting the relevant registering bodies in the country concerned. AVT is unable to advise on the particular requirements for qualifications in countries other than Australia.

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    RPL – FAQ

    To receive a credit for a unit of competency that you have previously been awarded, you must be able to supply a verifiable Testamur (certificate) or Statement of Attainment obtained from the issuing provider.

    A Testamur or Statement of Attainment must either contain the wording ‘The qualification is recognised within the Australian Qualifications Framework’ or the AQF logo authorised by the AQF Council.

    A Record of Results or Statement of Academic Record by itself is not sufficient when applying for a credit transfer of a nationally recognised unit of competency.

    If you do not have a copy of your Testamur or Statement of Attainment you are responsible for requesting a copy from the issuing provider, we are unable to do this on your behalf.

    For more information about RPL see our frequently asked questions here.

    Yes. If you have completed and passed the exact same unit as delivered by AVT, you will receive a credit transfer for the unit.  You must be deemed competent and be awarded a PASS in the unit.

    At the time of application, you will be required to provide us with a Statement of Attainment from a recognised and approved training provider. We will verify your previous studies with the training provider.

    For information about fees and charges that apply to credit transfers, please see our student policy page.

    Credit transfer fees do not apply for students who have completed a previous qualification with AVT.

     

    Students with eligible credit transfers may apply, however, due to the course delivery format, 100% attendance is required for induction and practical training/on-site days and therefore full course fees will apply. Credit transfer fees do not apply for Jobs and Skills WA funded students.

    Yes. You can use units of competency received from a prior qualification even if the unit is different from an elective unit required by AVT.  You can claim a credit transfer (CT) for these units as long as:-

    • the unit is current and relevant to work undertaken in the animal care and management industry and
    • you hold a Statement of Attainment from the issuing provider.

    If this is the case, then you may use previous units of study to fulfil the elective component of the qualification.

    You will be required to provide us with a Statement of Attainment from a recognised and approved training provider at the time of application. We will verify your previous studies with the training provider.

    For information about fees and charges that apply to credit transfers, please see our student policy page. 

    Please note, we are unable to offer RPL or Train and Assess any other elective unit of competency other than the ones provided in the courses offered on our website.

    For a full list of our qualifications visit our Qualifications Overview page 

    In meeting the required rules of evidence and principals of assessment, AVT is unable to provide recognition of prior learning (RPL) to candidates who can not demonstrate recent and current skills and knowledge.

    Applicants need to be able to demonstrate that they meet the competency requirements of the current training package including application of current industry techniques using the latest technology, equipment and supplies in accordance with the current standards and regulations.

    If you wish to gain certification as a veterinary nurse or animal carer without having current experience, you will need to enrol in and complete the full course.

    Read more about RPL here

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available to enrolled students of AVT qualifications.  The prior learning may be in the form of previous studies or completed qualifications (including superseded qualifications), on the job experience or volunteer work.

    To find out more detailed information about RPL visit our RPL page.

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