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Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

National Course Code: ACM40412

TAFE NSW Course Number: ACM40412-01V02


Study Type:
Full Time

Start Date:
5 Feb 2018


18 months

Nominal Hours:

Full Fee: $10,840
Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $3,240

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  • Government Subsidised
  • Traineeship

Contact by Training Services NSW

If your course has been funded by Training Services NSW under Smart and Skilled, you may be contacted by a Training Services NSW representative to discuss your experience at Western Sydney Institute.

This qualification is for people wanting to work with animals within a veterinary clinic or those already employed in the care of animals as a
veterinary nurse.

The qualification helps you develop the skills needed to perform veterinary nursing duties in a variety of workplace situations under minimal supervision. Duties include patient admission and discharge, office procedures, radiography, pathology, surgery, dental procedures, nursing animals and providing animal care advice to the public.

It is essential that whilst undertaking this course you have access to a veterinary workplace through either paid employment or significant periods of work experience. This will allow you to practise what you have learnt and increase your experience working with others in this field.

By completing this qualification you will be able to work in a team environment with veterinarians and other veterinary nurses to supply quality care to a range of sick and injured animals. You will be able to work safely in a variety of locations including examination rooms, surgical theatres, offices and outdoor animal facilities.

ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is the Industry Qualification for persons operating as Veterinary Nurses within the Veterinary Medicine field.

The Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing qualification is delivered at TAFE NSW Richmond Campus

Attendance: Full Time Blended - 2 Study days a week, Monday & Wednesday plus 15 hours per week work placement within a veterinary clinic.

To succesfully obtain this qualification candidates must succesfully complete 23 units of competency ; 19 core units and 4 elective units; the electives currently offered at Richmond are offered in line with industry consultation and demand.

Western Sydney Institute enrols at Advanced Level for this Qualification

This requires candidates to have Completion of Certificate II Animal Studies Veterinary Nursing Career Path.


Candidates wishing to undertake this qualification must have placement within a Veterinary Clinic for 15 hrs Full Time study or 7.5 hours Part Time study per week, through either paid employment or voluntary placement. Work placement is a compulsory requirement and assists learners gain the skills necessary to successfully complete this course and ensures TAFE NSW Richmond College are at the top of the list for employment within industry.

To ensure you leave us with the most up to date qualification...

If during or after your enrolment, the course in which you are enrolled is updated in line with national industry standards, the Institute reserves the right to transition you into an alternate course. If this becomes necessary, the Institute will advise you of the change and the arrangements which will be available for you to complete your alternate course.

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.


Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:
- direct entry
- after achieving ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies
- vocational training and/or work experience related to veterinary nursing

Credit (or recognition) for modules/units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences. Please discuss this with the teaching section when you enrol.

ACMGAS302A Provide enrichment for animals
ACMVET203A Assist with surgery preparation
ACMVET406A Nurse animals
RGRPSG401A Relate anatomical and physiological features to the care and treatment of greyhounds
ACMINF301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work
ACMVET401A Coordinate patient admission and discharge
ACMVET407A Carry out medical nursing routines
ACMGAS204A Feed and water animals
ACMSPE305A Provide basic care of domestic cats
ACMVET403A Perform clinic pathology procedures
ACMVET409A Provide specific animal care advice
ACMGAS208A Source information for animal care needs
ACMVET202A Carry out daily clinic routines
ACMVET405A Carry out surgical nursing routines
ACMWHS301A Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
ACMGAS205A Assist in health care of animals
ACMVET201A Carry out veterinary nursing reception duties
ACMVET404A Perform clinic office procedures
ACMVET410A Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures
ACMGAS202A Participate in workplace communications
ACMSPE304A Provide basic care of dogs
ACMVET402A Apply imaging routines
ACMVET408A Coordinate and perform theatre routines

The above list includes units being offered at this campus and that are required to complete this qualification. Other colleges may offer different elective options. For some courses the electives will not be listed however they will be discussed during your first class. Please see www.tafensw.edu.au for the full list of elective units available within this course.

Smart and Skilled Student Fees

The cost of this course will vary based on your eligibility for a Smart and Skilled Student Fee. Eligibility criteria can be found on the Smart and Skilled website or you can call us on 131 870 for further information and advice.

First qualification$2,770
Second qualification$3,240
Non-government subsidised fee$10,840

Trainees: From 2016 if you are starting a traineeship that is on the NSW Skills List, your Smart and Skilled fee for the whole qualification will not be more than $1,000.

For full details on TAFE NSW fees and money matters please visit our Paying for Your Course page.

Start Date: 5 Feb 2018

Full Time: 27 hours per week x 18 Months

Monday and Wednesday from 9.30 am to 4 pm (subject to changes). Learner require attendance at college 2 days per week and 2 days per week (15 hrs) in a Veterinary Clinic.


Pre application information session will be on Wednesday, 6 December 2017 from 1 pm

TAFE NSW Richmond
Corner Blacktown Rd and Campus Drive

Compulsory Application session to be held on
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 from 1 pm

TAFE NSW Richmond
Corner Blacktown Rd and Campus Drive

Applicants must bring with them

1. Proof of work placement on vet clinic letter head.
2. Completed application form.
3. Copy of completed Certificate II Animal studies transcript.
4. During application sessionstudents will complete Career Voyager / Language Literacy & Numeracy screening.

For further information please contact Rebecca Coventry via email: vetnurse@tafensw.edu.au.

A Unique Student Identifier is required prior to enrolment. To apply for your USI please visit www.usi.gov.au. If you cannot remember your USI or if you have forgotten you have one, please visit the USI Website for assistance in retrieving your USI. Please advise TAFE NSW your USI number at the time of enrolment.

For further assistance, contact the WSI Service Centre on 131 870 to enrol.

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