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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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