Animal Industries Resource Centre

Personalised and Professional Education and Training

Build your career with ACM20110
Certificate II in Animal Studies
for Veterinary Nursing

Nationally recognised trainingThe perfect course for trainee vet nurses to develop foundation knowledge and skills

Course Overview

Are you a trainee Veterinary Nurse or dedicated Veterinary Receptionist seeking to develop foundation knowledge to support your role? Maybe you would like to learn how to provide advice on care for animals and professional support for their owners? The units of study offered give you maximum credit towards the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. We also offer this certificate with a program of study that is tailored to roles in the companion animal industry.

Certificate II Veterinary Nursing




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I have studied both Certificate II and Certificate IV with AIRC. AIRC will always be my preferred training organisation because they provide quality and professional training. I believe I am a better nurse through the training I have received at AIRC and I have made some great friends in the process.

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Course Delivery Information

ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies is a nationally recognised course that is conducted online as part-time distance education. The course is streamlined into six modules that deliver all you need to know, with no repetition. Assessments consist of written case studies, online workplace simulation assignments, online exams and practical assessments via video submission.

The course duration is nine months but you can work at a faster pace and complete earlier if you prefer. You will be given a study timetable upon enrolment which outlines your units of study and due dates for assessments.

Upon completion of all required units, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion and an Academic Transcript which documents your individual outcomes.

Countries Offered

This course is available in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and United Arab Emirates. If you are in a different country, please contact us to discuss availability.

Who is this suitable for?

Certificate II in Animal Studies is a nationally recognised course that provides a structured tutoring program intended for individuals who wish to gain foundation knowledge and training in all aspects of animal care.  

Entry Requirements

The pre-requisites for this course include:

  • Completion of Year 10 of schooling or are a mature aged student
  • A minimum of 8 hours per week of volunteer or paid employment in a veterinary clinic
  • Reliable access to the internet and your own email address
  • Ability to record video of yourself performing the necessary practical tasks and upload into the course for assessment. (You will need access to a smart phone, tablet, video camera or similar device to record vision and sound)

You can enrol into this course on a monthly basis (except December). To find out more information, please contact us.


Vet Nurse Qualification

Units of Study

A total of 7 core units and 5 elective units must be completed.

(All 7 units must be completed)

ACMOHS201A Participate in occupational health and safety processes

  • This unit of competency covers the process required for an entry level employee to participate in occupational health and safety (OHS) processes in the workplace, in order to ensure their own health and safety at work, as well as that of others in the workplace who may be affected by their actions.

ACMGAS201A Work in the animal care industry

  • This unit of competency covers the terminology, culture and working conditions of an animal care workplace when working on an individual basis and with others.

ACMGAS202A Participate in workplace communications

  • This unit of competency covers the process of effectively participating in workplace communications in an animal care and management environment.

ACMGAS203A Complete animal care hygiene routines

  • This unit of competency covers the responsibilities and procedures required to provide daily care of animals, including the cleaning of animal housing and grooming or cleaning of animals under supervision.

ACMGAS204A Feed and water animals

  • This unit of competency covers the process of preparing, presenting and distributing food and water for animals under supervision and according to workplace diet requirements.

ACMGAS205A Assist in health care of animals

  • This unit of competency covers the process of providing assistance to experienced staff in the capture, restraint and assessment of animals and the preparation, application and documentation of treatments.

ACMSUS201A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

  • This unit of competency covers the process required to measure current resource use effectively and to carry out improvements, including those that will reduce the negative environment impacts of work practices.

(All 5 units must be completed)

ACMVET201A Carry out veterinary nursing reception duties

  • This unit of competency covers the process of compiling patient (animal) and client (animal owner) histories, maintaining records and consulting the veterinarian as required.

ACMVET202A Carry out daily clinic routines

  • This unit of competency covers the process of treating patients (animals) on a daily basis, maintaining clinic hygiene and assisting with inventory and clinic security.

ACMVET203A Assist with surgery preparation

  • This unit of competency covers the process of assisting with the preparation of patients (animals) and the theatre for surgery, providing pre- and post-operative patient care and cleaning surgical and theatre equipment in a veterinary clinic.

ACMGAS208A Source information for animal care needs

  • This unit of competency covers the processes required to gather information on medications and services for animals and relate these to individual animal requirements and audience needs.

ACMGAS209A Provide information on companion animals, products and services

  • This unit of competency covers the process of providing basic information to customers on companion animal training, grooming and/or breeding establishments, and on products and services in a range of companion animal settings.

Fees

Please contact the Animal Industries Resource Centre to have your individual pricing evaluated.

Fees are payable by credit card, bank transfer, money order, bank cheque or personal cheque. Payment plans can be arranged to meet your personal needs. More info on Ezypay Payment plans.

Students in some states may be eligible for Australian Government Traineeships or Incentives. For further information see our section on traineeships.

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Get started by enrolling

You can get started today by enrolling online below.

Before you start...

Can you answer 'yes' to all these questions?:

rranged to have a minimum of 8 hours per week of volunteer or paid employment in a veterinary clinic

If you are unsure about anything please contact us and one of our friendly enrolments team members will guide you.

Because you can't save a partially completed form and return to it later, you will need to have all the necessary information ready at hand before you start. You will need: