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Are you a qualified vet nurse (newly graduated or experienced), wanting to make the transition from small animal practice to equine practice? Have you recently made the transition and want to better understand the key aspects of vet nursing in an equine veterinary setting? Are you an experienced equine nurse that wants to solidify your knowledge further?

Our new postgraduate equine veterinary nursing course aims to provide veterinary nurses with an introduction to the fundamentals of equine nursing. During the course, you will be given the resources and tools to develop a sound knowledge and understanding of how to work effectively in equine veterinary practice.

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Course outline

Ann-Marie Moyles Dip VN RVN

Ann-Marie graduated with a Diploma in veterinary nursing from University College, Dublin, Ireland in 2009. Originally working in mixed practice in Ireland, she perused a passion for equine nursing during her travels in Australia. This journey has continued over the past ten years both in private and referral teaching hospitals in Perth, WA. Spending five of those years as the head equine nurse at ‘The Animal Hospital”, Murdoch University.

She has a passion for empowering fellow equine nurses with knowledge and expanded her skillset to do so by completing Graduate Certificate in Tertiary and Adult Education at Murdoch University in 2019 and RCVS examiner training programme in 2009.  Along with presenting at both the VNCA and Bain Fallon conferences, delivering both lectures and workshops.

Liz Woodberry BscBVMS (Veterinary medicine and Surgery)

Liz graduated in 2007 from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of science in Veterinary medicine and surgery. With a passion for equine practice, she spent 10 years working in a mixed practice (equine and small animal) south of Perth. Developing a special interest in equine reproduction. She is currently working as head vet at the largest thoroughbred breeding studs in WA.

Liz has always enjoyed helping the next generation of vets and nurses achieve their potentials. As a result, she completed her Cert IV in training and assessing in 2021. Between seasons she assists in delivering practical skills classes to the undergraduates at Murdoch Vet School along with training and assessing cert IV Vet nurse students at AVT.

To allow for self-paced learning you will have access to pre-recorded tutorials and practical ‘how to videos’. You will also have access to a discussion forum to engage with Module Tutors.  

Each unit will be accompanied with a short multiple choice (MCQ) quiz to confirm your understanding of the topics covered.

You will also be required to purchase the mandatory course reading, Equine vet nursing By Karen M. Coumbe

All learning is completed via home-based online eLearning. This means you can study part time, at your own pace to accommodate your busy life working as a veterinary nurse. 

As this is a post graduate certificate, to enrol in this course you will need to have successfully completed, ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing or equivalent. 

What will you learn?

The curriculum reflects the demands on equine veterinary nurses in practice in Australia. You will complete seven units of study giving you a sound academic foundation with which to build a solid career as an equine nurse. During this course you will learn how to:-

The skills and knowledge you will learn can be applied in a range of roles from trainers to animal handlers. For more information on careers working with animals read our article Top 6 Animal Care Careers.

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Course outcomes

Our graduates can go on to a variety of roles across the veterinary and equine industry.

Job Outcomes

Graduates from this course can go on to careers such as:

  • Equine Veterinary Nurse in an equine referral centre
  • Mixed practice 
  • Practice Manager
  • Stud Farm Nurse
  • Swabbing Stewart
  • Research Assistant
  • Sales Representative

Skills Outcomes

Some of the skills you will be able to apply following course completion include:

  • A clinical exam on the equine patient
  • Triage of equine practice caseload
  • Interpretation of horse body language
  • Fundamentals of handling horses (& foals) in the veterinary environment
  • Recognising the individual needs of a hospitalised patient
  • Caring for a colic patient
  • Handling of endoscopy equipment
  • Participate in equine lameness exam
  • Basics of equine laboratory tasks
  • Biosecurity needs of an equine practice

Course content

Your course includes 7 units including those listed below:-

In this unit, you will learn the following aspects of equine hospital management and nutrition:-

  • Identification
  • Horse behaviour
  • General horse handling in the clinical environment
  • Husbandry in the hospital environment (biosecurity)
  • Clinical nutrition

In this unit, you will learn the following aspects of general equine nursing:-

  • Assessing the condition of the patient
  • Clinical examination
  • Practical skills – Injection techniques, bandaging, IV catheter
  • Equine laboratory skills
  • Dental
  • Prepurchase examination

In this unit, you will learn the following aspects of equine critical care and emergency nursing:-

  • Triage
  • Preparation for admission of an emergency case
  • Fluid therapy
  • Blood transfusion
  • ICU nursing
  • Emergency drugs

In this unit, you will learn the following aspects of medical nursing:-

  • System diseases
  • Equine specific medical equipment
  • Endoscopy examinations
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Drug therapy

In this unit, you will learn the following aspects of equine surgical nursing:-

  • Theatre nursing
  • Fundamentals of equine anaesthesia
  • Equine specific surgical instrumentation
  • General surgical nursing procedures

In this unit, you will learn the following aspects of equine orthopaedic nursing:-

  • Vet nurse’s role in lameness examination
  • Diseases of the hoof
  • Common disease/ injuries of equine soft tissue structures (tendons and ligaments)
  • Common diseases of the skeletal system of the equine patient
  • Common drugs related to the musculoskeletal system (intraarticular, supplementations)

In this unit, you will learn the following aspects of equine reproduction and neonatal care:-

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Infertility
  • Artificial insemination
  • Equine embryo transfer
  • Pregnancy diagnosis
  • Reproductive drugs
  • Preparation for foaling
  • Restraint techniques for the breeding yard
  • Foals: handling, specific nursing care and common conditions
  • Practical points: nursing of young foals
  • Common conditions of the foal

What makes this course different?

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Fees & inclusions

Total course fees: Starting from $995

All fees are payable via our monthly payment plan and include:-

Full fee paying student
Total Course Cost: $1,200 
$250 enrolment fee payable upfront, plus 10 monthly payments of $95

AVT current student or graduate 
Total Course Cost:  $995
$245 enrolment fee payable upfront, plus 10 monthly payments of $75 

* Fees, inclusions and payment plan amounts are subject to change. If you decide to withdraw from study for any reason, refunds are not issued. Please see our policies page for full details. 

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Course Dates
Application Status
March 2022 Intake
Course commences in March
Applications opening soon

We recommend registering your interest now so we can notify you as soon as applications are open. 

FAQs

Equine-Vet Nursing – FAQ

This course is delivered 100% online. You will not be required to attend our campus in Perth, WA. This means you can complete this post graduate course from any location in Australia.

No, our Post Graduate Equine Veterinary Nursing short course is theory based allowing you to acquire knowledge in a safe manner. However, to further gain experience in a practical setting, we suggest combining this short course with our entry level horse care course. This will give you hands-on practical skills with horses, prior to entering the industry.

No, you do not need to be currently employed in a veterinary practice to complete this course. However, you do need to have a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing or equivalent.

Short courses 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 does not accept 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.

Why choose AVT?

Dedicated Animal Focused 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!

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Experts in Equine Care

Our qualified Trainers and Assessors have been working in the industry for many years and have extensive knowledge in the equine veterinary and veterinary nursing industry.

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Safe and Supported Learning

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

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