Course code: 900-82929

Statement of Attainment in Pathway to Veterinary Nursing

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Overview About this course

Learn how to confidently care for animals in this introductory veterinary nursing course. Perform basic vet nursing duties and treat animals under supervision. Recognise signs of illness, injury and disease and safely restrain and handle animals.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Recognise signs of illness, injury or disease in animals and seek veterinarian advice

  • Treat animals under veterinary supervision, including performing basic physical exams, gathering vital signs and medicating animals

  • Engage in safe animal handling, including initial behaviour assessment, correct animal approach, restraint and release

  • Calculate drug dosages, correctly store veterinary pharmaceuticals, order and receive stock

  • Perform basic duties for veterinary nurses, including bandaging, proper laboratory sample collection and handling and equipment set up

  • Implement infection control and quarantine procedures, and clean and disinfect animal housing and treatment areas

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • A nationally accredited Statement of Attainment

  • Credit towards a full qualification

  • The skills and knowledge to perform basic veterinary duties and treat animals under veterinary supervision

  • Exposure to industry professionals and access to a network of peers

  • A strong pathway to complete further study in veterinary nursing

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • A passion for animals and their welfare

  • A basic knowledge of general animal care and husbandry

  • A reasonable level of fitness to handle animals and carry out manual lifting

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.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: animal care receptionist, animal care attendant at a shelter, boarding facility or pet store with the Certificate II or Certificate III in Animal Care Services, animal welfare worker with the Certificate III in Animal Care Services and veterinary nurse with the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 2 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Your experience counts

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.

Units Units taught in this course

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.

  • Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing ACMGEN311

  • Communicate effectively with clients and team members ACMGEN315

  • Carry out daily practice routines ACMVET202

  • Contribute to workplace health and safety processes ACMWHS301

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

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