Animal Industries Resource Centre

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Certificate IV in
Veterinary Nursing

Nationally recognised trainingLearn how to provide expert veterinary nursing care and advance your career

Course Overview

This nationally recognised qualification is for students who wish to develop proficiency in providing expert veterinary nursing care for animals and professional support for their owners. You will develop personal and professional skills that are recognised and in demand by employers. ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is not only a nationally recognised qualification but also globally recognised. Achievement of this qualification will entitle you to apply for registration in the UK with Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing




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The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is a very comprehensive course for students who want to understand the principles of good veterinary nursing. The course materials lead us to think how and why we do things. I have decided to enroll the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (General Practice) because I really want to excel in the profession.

Chiu April, Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing Graduate 

Course Delivery Information

ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is a nationally recognised course that provides training in practical and technical skills relevant to the care and nursing of animals, and the underpinning knowledge required to apply those skills in a variety of workplace situations.

The course begins with animal care basics such as hygiene, nutrition, first aid, preventative health care and veterinary reception skills. You then move onto more advanced studies including surgical nursing, medical nursing, radiography, pathology, anaesthesia, dentistry and reproduction.

ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is conducted as part-time correspondence based study. You will be given a study timetable upon enrolment which outlines your units of study, due dates and specific requirements for assessment. You can also benefit from smart sessions held in most capital cities. Video resources are also available to view online. Upon successful completion of all course requirements, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion and an Academic Transcript which documents your individual outcomes.

You will be assigned to a Student Support Coordinator, who will be available for one on one student support. Your Student Support Coordinator will check in with you on a monthly basis, however will be available via email, phone or online text chat should you ever need help with your course. Learn more about the AIRC team.

Countries Offered

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

Australian residents may be eligible for government funded traineeships. Further details, including eligibility criteria, can also be obtained from the Animal Industries Resource Centre.

Who is this suitable for?

This course is suitable for those who are working within a veterinary clinic and are wishing to gain a nationally recognised qualification as a Veterinary Nurse. As the course begins with animal care basics, you do not need to have any previous experience within the industry.

Veterinary nurses wanting to update their skills can also enroll into individual units and complete them via distance education.

Entry Requirements

The pre-requisites for this course include:

  • Have completed Year 10 or be a mature aged student
  • Minimum of 15 hours paid work per week in a Veterinary Facility

We accept enrolments monthly. Please contact us to find out more information.


Qualified Vet Nurse

Units of Study

A total of twenty three (23) Units of Competency must be achieved.
Complete all nineteen (19) Core Units and choose four (4) from the Elective Units group.

(All nineteen units must be completed)

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.

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.

ACMGAS205 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.

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.

ACMINF301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work

  • This unit of competency covers the process required to comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care workplaces and relevant field locations.

ACMWHS301A Contribute to occupational health and safety processes

  • This Unit of Competency covers the process required by an employee to contribute to workplace health and safety processes where there is responsibility for own work outputs and possibly limited responsibility for the work output of others.

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.

ACMVET401A Coordinate patient admission and discharge

  • This unit of competency covers the process of coordinating patient admission and discharge. It also includes providing initial veterinary nursing care to patients (animals) and grief support to clients (animal owners).

ACMVET402A Apply imaging routines

  • This unit of competency covers the process of implementing and completing imaging routines, in accordance with established industry sequences and clinic policies and procedures, and follow specific instructions from the veterinarian.

ACMVET403A Perform clinic pathology procedures

  • This unit of competency covers the process of collecting biological samples and performing pathology procedures. The integrity of the sample must be maintained in accordance with veterinarian instructions when conducting clinic examinations and in preparing consignments to diagnostic laboratories.

ACMVET404A Perform clinic office procedures

  • This unit of competency covers the process of maintaining veterinary supplies, controlling stock, maintaining clinic accounts and preparing and processing clinic correspondence.

ACMVET405A Carry out surgical nursing routines

  • This unit of competency covers the process of preparing the surgical environment and providing total support for the surgeon. The unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare for, and provide support during and after, routine and non-routine surgical procedures, including monitoring patients while they are under anaesthesia.

ACMVET406A Nurse animals

  • This unit of competency covers the process of providing high quality nursing care for all patients (animals) treated or housed at the clinic. It includes providing advice to clients (owners), monitoring animals and providing animal first aid as required.

ACMVET407A Carry out medical nursing routines

  • This unit of competency covers the process of providing the skills to implement medical nursing routines, including the preparation and handling of patients (animals) and equipment for specific routines.

ACMVET408A Coordinate and perform theatre routines

  • This unit of competency covers the process of preparing, cleaning and maintaining theatre and equipment as well as preparing personnel for the performance of surgical procedures.

ACMVET409A Provide specific animal care advice

  • This unit of competency covers the process of providing advice to clients (owners) about animal care, nutrition, behaviour and products. All advice must be provided in a competent manner and in accordance with clinic policies and procedures.

ACMVET410A Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures

  • This unit of competency covers the processes of performing a dental prophylaxis and assisting with simple extractions.

Only 4 units must be completed

Not all elective options are available to international students – please refer to the enrolment form

ACMCAS302A Provide advice on companion animal selection and general care

  • This unit of competency covers the process of providing advice to customers on the appropriate selection of companion animals, and on their housing, nutritional and other general care requirements.

ACMCAS304A Capture, handle and transport companion animals

  • This unit of competency covers the process of capturing, handling and transporting companion animals.

ACMCAS306A Provide grooming services for companion animal comfort

  • This Unit of Competency covers the process of providing animal grooming services for companion animals to maintain/restore animal comfort within an established grooming environment.

ACMGAS302A Provide enrichment for animals

  • This unit of competency covers the process of providing behavioural management and enrichment to stimulate, replenish and maintain appropriate behavioural patterns of animals.

ACMMIC401A Implant microchip in cats and dogs

  • This unit of competency covers the process of competently and aseptically performing microchip implantation procedures on cats and dogs, with minimum discomfort to the animal, for identification and traceability purposes.
  • Due to each state holding unique legislations the AIRC currently only offer this unit to students in QLD and VIC.

ACMSPE302A Provide basic care of birds 2

  • This unit of competency covers the process of identifying birds and their behavioural and physical needs, providing daily care requirements, assisting with behavioural requirements and basic preventative health measures. NB this unit requires the student has regular access to bird species at their workplace.

ACMSPE303A Provide basic care of common native mammals 2

  • This unit of competency covers the process of identifying common native mammals, their behavioural and physical needs, providing daily care requirements, assisting with behaviour requirements and basic preventative health measures. NB this unit requires the student has regular access to common native mammal species at their workplace.

ACMSPE312A Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits 2

  • This unit of competency covers the process of identifying rodents and rabbits and their behavioural and physical needs, providing daily care requirements, assisting with behavioural requirements and basic preventative health measures. NB this unit requires the student has regular access to rodent and rabbit species at their workplace.

ACMSUS301A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices 1

  • This unit of competency covers the process required to analyse the workplace in an effective manner in relation to environmentally sustainable work practices and to implement improvements and monitor their effectiveness.
  • Students interested in continuing on to study the Diploma of Veterinary Nursing are advised to study this elective in preparation.
ACMVET411A Prepare, deliver and review animal care education programs
  • This unit of competency covers the process of actively participating in the preparation and review of animal care education programs and their implementation within the community at large.

ACMVET413A Develop and implement specific clinic policies 2

  • This unit of competency covers the process of developing and implementing specific clinic policies and communicating them to clinic personnel to ensure the sound management of the business.

1 Recommended for students intending to study a Diploma of Veterinary Nursing in the future
2 Practical skills are assessed via a video submission

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.

This course is 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?:

ave a minimum of 15 hours per week of 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: