Be prepared for an exciting and rewarding career as a veterinary nurse. Choose an area of specialisation such as companion animals, horses general, horses breeding, horses foal care, pocket pets, wildlife and captive animals or practice programs.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Admit and discharge animal patients
Coordinate theatre routines and carry out surgical nursing and dental procedures
Prepare and monitor anaesthesia and analgesics in animals
Nurse animals and support their nutritional needs
Provide advice to animal owners
Comply with infection control policies
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
The skills needed to perform veterinary nursing duties
Experience working in a real-life veterinary clinic on real-life animals
The knowledge to assist veterinarians to care for animals
Pathways to specialise in multiple areas of the veterinary nursing industry
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.
Completion of the Certificate II in Animal Care as evidenced by your certificate or transcript, or
Completion of a Certificate III or higher qualification in a related field, like the Certificate III in Wildlife and Exhibited Animal Care or Certificate III in Animal Care Services, as evidenced by your certificate or transcript, or
Take part in an interview and complete a TAFE NSW Entry Pathways Toolkit, which we will use to evaluate your current skills and knowledge in an animal science discipline to determine if they are equivalent to the above qualifications
Access to a suitable work placement facility as evidenced by a business letterhead under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian or a qualified veterinary nurse
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
The ability to provide your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include enclosed shoes, full-length trousers and sleeved tops
Intermediate level fitness to manage physical demands like lifting and handling animals
Access to a computer with an internet connection
Flexibility to work outside of business hours
Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level
TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.
This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Veterinary Nurses care for animals under treatment and in temporary residence at veterinary facilities and assist Veterinarians to perform procedures and operations.
Other jobs include: veterinary sales representative, veterinary receptionist, zoo keeping veterinary nurse, equine veterinary nurse and veterinary nurse in organisations such as the RSPCA or Animal Welfare League.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing does not have any pre-requisite courses.
The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing does not have any post-graduate courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 21 units of competency, including 17 core and 4 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
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TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)
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