ACM40418 Certificate IV In

Veterinary Nursing

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Become a Qualified Vet Nurse in Australia

Are you passionate about animals and their care? Have you ever thought about becoming a Vet Nurse? Our nationally recognised 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 national 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

Government Funding and subsidised Vet Nursing course

2022 New fees announcement - Lower Fees, Local Skills

This course 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 here

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Course outline

You can choose! Our ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is offered via four study methods:-

  • Full-time on-campus course based in Perth, Western Australia commencing full-time study in February each year with a Compulsory Orientation & Lecture Day in December.
  • Part-time on-campus course based in Perth, Western Australia commencing Mid-year
  • Blended learning course studied online from Western Australia with regular intakes throughout the year
  • Online eLearning course studied throughout Australia offering a more flexible approach to learning with more flexible start dates

Online eLearning and Blended learning students

Being the most flexible of our course offerings, our online eLearning students do not need to attend face-to-face classes. On the other hand, blended learning students are required to participate in a series of online live sessions throughout their studies.

All students will 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. Support is available to you via phone, email or Skype. Our training centre is open during both the school terms and most school holidays.

Full-time on-campus students

As a full-time student, you will attend our campus in Western Australia, to participate in face-to-face lectures, group activities, tutorials and practical lessons. You will also participate in 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 the classroom and practical sessions.  In addition to classes, we also ensure students have access to ongoing tutoring, support and instruction.

Our full-time on-campus course is a one year course, spread over 4 terms similar to schools. You will commence full-time studies in February and graduate by mid-December, when you will be qualified and ready for employment. However, many of our students are offered and begin paid work during their studies.

Typically, during each term, you will be required to:

  • attend on-campus classes and training for 2 days per week from 9am-5pm,
  • attend your practical workplace training for 2 days per week, and
  • complete approximately 8 hours per week of home based online study.

During term breaks (school holiday times), 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 Students

Our part-time on-campus course is delivered over 18 months. As a part-time student, you will attend our campus in Perth, Western Australia, to participate in face-to-face lectures, group activities, tutorials and practical lessons. You will also participate in off-site excursions and field trips to various animal-related establishments.

We run one small part-time class to ensure you receive a personable learning experience. Every student has the opportunity to contribute and participate actively in the classroom and practical sessions.  In addition to classes, we also ensure students have access to ongoing tutoring, support and instruction.

Typically, during each term, you will be required to:

  • attend on-campus classes and training 1 day per week from 8am-5pm,
  • attend your practical workplace training 1 day per week, and
  • complete approximately 4-6 hours per week of home based online study.

During term breaks (school holiday times), 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.

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Whether you choose to study online or on-campus all students are required to complete workplace practical training. The number of hours required in a workplace depends on how quickly you can complete your workplace assessments and competencies. 

If you are based in Western Australia we will organise a placement in a reputable veterinary clinic for you at no extra cost. The best part about it is many of our Perth based students gain employment from their work placement organisation either throughout or after their training. If you are not based in WA, you will be required to secure a work placement location for your practical training. We will supply you with detailed information on how to secure a placement. 

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

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:-

* AVT’s ‘ACM20217 Cert II in Horse Care‘ meets the prerequisite for our Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing course. You will need to confirm whether or not this prerequisite meets your institution’s requirements if not studying with AVT.

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 10 kg 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

Meeting the course prerequisite

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. To achieve this we believe the best approach is to assess each prospective student based on a combination of their experience, education, ability and suitability to work with animals and their owners in a veterinary hospital environment.

Assessing whether or not you meet the entry requirements for ACM40418 Cert IV in Vet Nursing is done by a personalised review of each and every applicant.

For more information about the course prerequisites read our detailed prerequisite page. 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 which may include a unique fast-track program that will have you started in no time.

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.

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:-

All of the skills and knowledge you will learn can be applied as a Veterinary Nurse in a Veterinary Hospital or can be used across a broad range of animal care organisations. Read our Top 7 reasons why you should choose a career in the veterinary career>> 

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Course outcomes

On successful completion, you will be awarded the nationally recognised qualification, ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.  You will also be invited to attend our graduation ceremony held in Perth where you will be formally presented with a certificate. At this ceremony, top achieving students are also recognised and receive both commendations and prizes.

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 choose to 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

Skills Outcomes

Some of the skills you will be able to apply once qualified include:

  • Nursing and monitoring patients
  • Administering medication
  • Surgical preparation and assistance
  • Taking blood samples and laboratory processing
  • Monitoring anaesthesia
  • Taking x-rays (radiography)
  • Dental procedures (scale and polish)
  • Emergency and critical care nursing
  • Nurse consultations – behavioural advice, nutrition management, dental care, puppy school instruction, wound management and post operative care
  • Customer service and client education

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)
  • ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

* Due to legislation relating to rabbits and pet ownership in Queensland, our student support team will discuss alternative options where necessary.

 

Why choose AVT for your Veterinary Nursing Qualification?

At AVT, we combine a high standard of theoretical knowledge with intensive practical training. This allows you to gain the competence and confidence required for an exciting and rewarding career in veterinary nursing.

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Fees & inclusions

Total course fees: Ranges from $400 - $15,500*

Our fee range depends on 3 factors including your desired study method (online/on-campus/blended), your eligibility for a WA based funded position (see full details here), and your concession status. All fees are payable via our monthly payment plan. Our fees include:-

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. Please see our full veterinary nursing fees page and our policies page for full details.

Course Dates
 
Online eLearning Non-WA based students
Course runs: All Year
Online eLearning WA based students
Course runs: April 2022
Applications open: February 2022
On-Campus Full-time
Course runs: February - December 2023
On-Campus Part-time
Course runs: July 2022 - December 2023
Applications open: March 2022

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. 

FAQs

International – FAQ for Veterinary Nurses

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.

Visa information for Jobs & Skills WA Funding Jobs and Skills WA funded programs

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

 

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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.

Related FAQ’s:

I live overseas, can I still study your courses online?

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

Is the Australian Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing recognised worldwide?

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

Is the Australian Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing recognised worldwide?

 

Tags: international, overseas, visa, CRICOS

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

Unfortunately, we are unable to assist individuals with studying as an international student as we do not hold the required CRICOS registration “The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students.

The following link outlines the main steps to be taken to be able to study in Australia 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.

Related FAQ’s:

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

I live overseas, can I still study your courses online?

Is the Australian Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing recognised worldwide?

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

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

Tags: international, overseas, visa, CRICOS

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

Related FAQ’s:

Is the Australian Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing recognised worldwide?

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?

I live overseas, can I still study your courses online?

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

 

Tags: international, overseas, visa, CRICOS

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*

Important note for students wishing to return or live in Australia

* Individuals who currently live overseas but are intending to return and or/live in Australia may be considered for enrolment. If such enrolment were to occur it would not be possible for any certification to be awarded until the student could be assessed as competent in Australia, regardless of the amount of course work completed 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?

 

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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Why choose AVT?

Dedicated Animal Care College

AVT has been training Animal Care and Vet Nursing students for over 20 years. It's safe to say there are no plumbing or hairdressing courses here!

Prerequisite course for veterinary nursing

Prerequisite for Vet Nursing

The Certificate II in Animal Studies or in Animal Care is a prerequisite for Veterinary Nursing. Completing our Animal Care course is the best pathway to becoming a Qualified Vet Nurse.

Prerequisite course for veterinary nursing

Safe and Supported Learning

Our qualified teaching team have many years of experience as well as extensive backgrounds in the veterinary and animal care industry. They are approachable and dedicated to helping students succeed.

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