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Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

  • National Course Code: ACM40418
  • TAFE NSW code: ACM40418-01V01-20GOS-094

Location – Gosford

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

26.5 Hours per week


18 Months

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

Turn your love for animals into a rewarding career with the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, which is the minimum qualification you need to work as a veterinary nurse. Be a valued member of a veterinary team and care for a range of pets including cats, dogs, horses, captive animals and farm animals.


Through work placement and course work, you will learn:

  • Veterinary clinic office procedures
  • To perform radiography and pathology nursing procedures
  • How to carry out surgical nursing duties and coordinate theatre routines
  • How to nurse animals in your care
  • Dental nursing procedures


Develop the attributes you need to get ahead in this field:

  • Communication to provide animal care advice to clients
  • Collaboration and teamwork skills to support veterinarians - particularly in high pressure situations
  • Strategies to remain calm in a crisis


Completing the course will equip you with:

  • A national qualification as a qualified veterinary nurse
  • The skills needed to perform veterinary nursing duties
  • The knowledge to assist veterinarians to care for animals in the workplace


Choose the right career pathway for you. This course allows you to specialise in fields like:

  • Companion animals
  • Pocket pets
  • Captive animals
  • Equine nursing

Further your career with a Diploma:

  • ACM50212 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Surgical)
  • ACM50512 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice)
  • ACM50412 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Emergency and Critical Care)
  • ACM50312 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Dental)


With people increasingly treating their pets as fur-babies and spending more money on their care and comfort, employment opportunities are forecast to increase over the three years to 2022.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


To enrol in this qualification, you will need to provide evidence for one of the following:

  • A Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • Relevant Certificate III or higher level qualification in an animal science discipline
  • Equivalent skills and knowledge in a relevant animal science discipline to any of the above qualifications


Eligibility criteria for this course includes:

Work placement

You will need to be employed or volunteering in a veterinary clinic for at least one day, or 8 hours, per week and complete a minimum of 480 hours of work placement (over the duration of the course), to gain the on-the-job experience and practical skills required to be successful.

You are responsible for arranging this work placement prior to enrolment. If you need support and assistance, our Skills Team can provide a letter of introduction including:

  • Your enrolment start and end dates
  • The TAFE NSW insurance policy
  • Information about the roles and responsibilities of your employer
  • A risk assessment form for your employer to complete and return

Before we are able to offer you a place in the course, you will need to provide:

  • A signed letter from your vet practice confirming your position is secured for the duration of your course

Important information

  • Most students who enrol in this course are over 18 years of age. Students under 18 years old will be considered and need signed consent from their parents or guardians.

Hot tip

This is a very popular career and suitable workplaces can be difficult to find. When a position becomes available in a clinic, the employer usually fills the job from resumes on file or through word-of-mouth. You will have a better success of finding work placement if you personally visit a vet clinic with your up-to-date resume.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • A passion for all animals - great and small
  • Flexibility to work outside of regular business hours, weekends and public holidays

If you need support in preparation for study, contact us to learn about the options available.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you:

  • Hold a Certificate II in Animal Studies.
  • Hold a relevant Certificate III or higher level qualification in an animal science discipline.
  • Can demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge in a relevant animal science discipline to any of the above qualifications.
  • Students must have completed at least Year 12, in addition to undertaking LLN assessments at TAFE NSW.
  • Students must have the same physical capacity for veterinary nursing/ animal care and management work as when they were undertaking the prerequisite qualification or the demonstration of equivalent skills.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • To complete 480 hours of work placement in a suitable veterinary practice.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a Full time course. You will need to attend approximately 16 hours of class, over 2 days a week, for 18 months. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 10.5 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 11.4 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including mandatory work placement, research, self-paced activities, private study and preparation for assessments. students must have Work placement arrangements is mandatory with a minimum of 480 hours in a suitable veterinary practice.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • who are seeking to work or volunteer as veterinary nurses in veterinary practices, and are seeking a formal qualification.


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

This course is currently scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday from 9.00am to 6.00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:
Electronic course notes and ancillary reference materials are available in hard copy through Inteliprint (


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enquire now for Semester 2 2020 and be notified when enrolments open.

TAFE NSW is open for business so to find out more information on this course including when it will start and how it will be delivered (face-to-face, in a virtual classroom, self-paced, online or a mixture), submit an online enquiry by clicking the Enquire Now button on this page. You can also call 131 601 during business hours* to chat with a member of our friendly customer service team.

* Our customer service team are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm AEST.

Core Units
Number Title
ACMVET402 Apply imaging routines
ACMVET416 Assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisons
ACMVET202 Carry out daily practice routines
ACMVET407 Carry out medical nursing routines
ACMVET410 Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures
ACMGAS308 Communicate effectively with clients and team members
ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
ACMVET405 Coordinate and perform surgical nursing routines
ACMVET401 Coordinate veterinary reception duties
ACMGAS307 Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
ACMVET406 Nurse animals
ACMVET403 Perform clinical pathology procedures
ACMVET404 Perform practice office procedures
ACMVET413 Prepare for anaesthesia and monitor animal anaesthesia and analgesia
ACMVET408 Provide nutritional advice and support for animals
ACMVET409 Provide specific animal care advice
Elective Units
Number Title
ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats
ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMGAS302 Provide enrichment for animals

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Corner of Henry Parry Drive & Margin Street, Gosford
Phone 131 601

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