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Offering Info

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

  • National Course Code: ACM40418
  • TAFE NSW code: ACM40418-01V01-20YLH-001

Location – Yallah

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

7 Hours per week

Duration

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.

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)

INDUSTRY DEMAND

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.

TRAINING PACKAGE REQUIREMENTS

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

TAFE NSW REQUIREMENTS

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.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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.

GET PREPARED

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 of the completion of either Certificate II or Certificate III in Animals Studies.

Students must also provide evidence of confirmation of work placement prior to enrolment. An example of work placement evidence is a signed letter from a veterinary practice. Students who are unable to provide evidence of work placement will not be allowed to enrol into the course. Students whose work placements are made unavailable during the course must find other suitable work placement to meet the TGA qualification and unit requirements.

Students must provide evidence that they are employed, or have secured work placement, in a veterinary practice/veterinary clinic/veterinary hospital, of a minimum of 480 hours for the duration of the course.
As part of the minimum of 480 workplace hours, 240 hours must be spent on activities and tasks as detailed in the performance criteria and assessment requirements of the units of competency, to the required AQF level of the qualification.
Students may require more work placement hours or work experience, in addition to the minimum of 480 hours, to achieve the expected competency for the qualification.

There are TAFE NSW entry requirements to ensure that students are best equipped to successfully complete the course:

  • Students have completed at least Year 10 or higher or equivalent.
  • It is recommended that students have the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) learning, reading, writing, literacy, and numeracy competencies as stated in Section 2.2 Language, Literacy and Numeracy.
  • Students 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.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.
Date: Wednesday, 22 January 2020
Time: 10.00am till 12.00pm
Location: TAFE NSW Yallah, Building A, Room AF11

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is a part time day course with compulsory work placement. You will need to attend approximately 7 hours of class, over 1 day a week, for 18 months. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 18 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 11.5 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, research and assignment preparation.

NOTE: Please see Entry Requirements for further information regarding course entry requirements and workplace hours. Evidence must be provided prior to enrolment.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

This course offering is designed for people who are seeking to work or volunteer as veterinary nurses in veterinary practices, and are seeking a formal qualification.

SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT

TAFE NSW provides the following services to ensure a supported and successful learning environment for all students:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Accessibility and Disability Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • International Student Support
  • Scholarships
  • Multicultural Support

Detailed current information on these Support Services are made available to staff and students at TAFE NSW Student Services. Additionally every student is supported by a dedicated Student Services team at each campus location.

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 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

This course is currently scheduled on Tuesday from 9.00am to 4.00pm. An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this 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?

READ BEFORE YOU ENROL

Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

Learn about TAFE NSW Payment/Funding

RECOGNITION

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
ACMGAS308 Communicate effectively with clients and team members
ACMVET416 Assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisons
ACMVET406 Nurse animals
ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
ACMGAS307 Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
ACMVET202 Carry out daily practice routines
ACMVET407 Carry out medical nursing routines
ACMVET413 Prepare for anaesthesia and monitor animal anaesthesia and analgesia
ACMVET403 Perform clinical pathology procedures
ACMVET409 Provide specific animal care advice
ACMVET402 Apply imaging routines
ACMVET405 Coordinate and perform surgical nursing routines
ACMVET408 Provide nutritional advice and support for animals
ACMVET401 Coordinate veterinary reception duties
ACMVET404 Perform practice office procedures
ACMVET410 Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures
ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
Elective Units
Number Title
ACMGAS302 Provide enrichment for animals
ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMSPE312 Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits
ACMCAS306 Provide grooming services for companion animal comfort
ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely
ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats

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

Yallah
138 Marshall Mount Road, Yallah
Phone 131 601

Fees information

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