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15 Hours per week
- Nationally Recognised Training
- Traineeship Allowed
- This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
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.
LEARN NEW SKILLS
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 YOUR TALENT
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
ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
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
GROW YOUR CAREER
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.
There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course
This is a blended flexible course. You will need to attend approximately 7.5 hours of class, a week, for 2 1/2 years. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 7.5 hours of other study per week.
You may also be required to complete approximately 6.8 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, research, assignment preparation and work experience.
IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?
This qualification is targeted at students who are seeking to work or volunteer as veterinary nurses in veterinary practices and are seeking a formal qualification.
Some students may already have completed other animal care qualifications such as the Certificate II in Animal Studies, Certificate III in Captive Animals or Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services. Students may apply for a credit transfer upon enrolment. The same or equivalent units of competency previously completed through an Australian RTO may be credited towards the new qualification they enrol into.
SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT
Learner support may help you with:
- English as a second language
- Computing skills
- Communication skills
Depending on your needs, we offer learner support:
- At drop-in centres
- In small groups
- With a team teacher
- As one-to-one tuition
- Via the internet
We can provide specialised support if you have a disability or if English is not your first language.
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As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:
- LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)
- 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
2 x 2 hour sessions per week by Webinar and one week per semester will be in Tamworth for practical based workshops and assessments. You will be required to undertake work experience for 1-2 days per week for the duration of your course.
SMART AND SKILLED FEES
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?
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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.
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|ACMGAS307||Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work|
|ACMGAS308||Communicate effectively with clients and team members|
|ACMINF301||Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work|
|ACMVET202||Carry out daily practice routines|
|ACMVET401||Coordinate veterinary reception duties|
|ACMVET402||Apply imaging routines|
|ACMVET403||Perform clinical pathology procedures|
|ACMVET404||Perform practice office procedures|
|ACMVET405||Coordinate and perform surgical nursing routines|
|ACMVET407||Carry out medical nursing routines|
|ACMVET408||Provide nutritional advice and support for animals|
|ACMVET409||Provide specific animal care advice|
|ACMVET410||Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures|
|ACMVET413||Prepare for anaesthesia and monitor animal anaesthesia and analgesia|
|ACMVET416||Assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisons|
|ACMWHS301||Contribute to workplace health and safety processes|
|ACMGAS301||Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing|
|ACMGAS302||Provide enrichment for animals|
|ACMSPE304||Provide basic care of domestic dogs|
|ACMSPE305||Provide basic care of domestic cats|
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.
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