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Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

  • National Course Code: ACM40418
  • TAFE NSW code: ACM40418-01V01-21TAM-035

Location – Tamworth





Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

15 Hours per week


2.5 Years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing equips you with the qualification to work as a veterinary nurse. Be a valued member of a veterinary team, care for a range of pets including cats, dogs, horses and farm animals and turn your love for animals into a rewarding career.


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

  • Perform radiography and pathology nursing procedures
  • Perform dental nursing procedures
  • Carry out surgical nursing duties and coordinate theatre routines
  • Handle and restrain different species
  • Conduct physical examinations to determine the health of the animal and provide medications (including injections)


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Collaboration and teamwork skills to support veterinarians - particularly in high pressure situations
  • Empathy and compassion for animals
  • Team work and collaboration
  • An ability to remain calm in a crisis
  • Drive and the ability to work independently


Completing the course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate IV level
  • The skills needed to perform veterinary nursing duties
  • The knowledge to assist veterinarians to care for animals in the workplace

Career opportunities:

  • Veterinary nurse in an: animal welfare organisation, equine hospital, small animal hospital, animal specialist centre or wildlife hospital


Expand your opportunities with these further study options:

  • Statement of Attainment in Implant Microchip in Cats and Dogs
  • Certificate III in Captive Animals
  • Certificate III in Horse Breeding

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 be selected for a place, you need to demonstrate the following:

  • A Year 10 certificate or higher
  • A Certificate II or III in Animal Studies or a higher qualification in an animal science discipline
  • Skills and knowledge in a relevant animal science discipline equivalent to any of the above qualifications
  • Confirmation you have employment or work placement secured in a veterinary practice or clinic for at least 8 hours per week, for a minimum of 480 hours for the duration of your course.

You will then undergo an interview and screening for literacy and numeracy skills. You must achieve ACSF Level 3 or above for Learning, Reading and Numeracy, and ACSF Level 4 or above for Writing and Oral Communication.


TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing as a traineeship. In addition to meeting the above requirements, trainees must:

  • Be employed in the industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


You will undertake 480 hours of work placement (at least 16 hours per week) with an industry employer. Some units require different types of animals or equipment. If your workplace does not meet these requirements, you will be required to do work placement at another facility to gain those skills.

You are responsible for arranging work placement. Our team can offer support and a letter of introduction including:

  • Your enrolment dates
  • The TAFE NSW insurance policy
  • The responsibilities of your employer
  • A risk assessment form


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

  • Flexibility to work outside of business hours
  • A level of fitness to keep up with physical demands of the role
  • The budget for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


Work placement provides you with opportunities to practise responding to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment.?Work placement strengthens your training and supports continued learning and assessment in the workplace.

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 before enrolment.

If you need support and assistance, our 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


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 help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


It is recommended that you are at least 18 years old on the date of your enrolment in this course. This recommendation is based on industry and training guidelines. If you are under the recommended age and still want to enrol in this course, contact us about your options.


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 enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence of work placement arrangements at Veterinary practice/clinic or hospital of a minimum of 480 hours. Students must 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 may undertake more work placement hours per week during term weeks.

Entry into this qualification is open to individuals who hold a Certificate II in Animal Studies or hold a relevant Certificate III or higher level qualification in an animal science discipline,
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.

TAFE NSW requires that potential students undertake LLN screening through RUReady, participate in an interview and complete a writing task. This process determines whether students have the basic core skills required to engage in the course over the required timeframe ensuring that this course is an appropriate pathway. Students must achieve results that show they are working within or above ACSF Level 3 for Learning, Reading and Numeracy, and ACSF Level 4 for Writing and Oral Communication. Prospective students not achieving these levels will be directed to courses that are more suitable.


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, over 2 days a week, for 2.5 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 self-directed learning.


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.


Learner support may help you with:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • English as a second language
  • Maths
  • Science
  • 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.
LinkedIn Learning is an online library featuring course and instructional videos. The videos are taught by recognised industry experts and cover the latest in technology, creative, and business skills.
Access LinkedIn Learning under the My Learning area in the Student Portal.

Visit the LinkedIn Learning LibGuide for more information. If you need any help, please talk to your teacher, local librarian or the customer service team.
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Studiosity is an online study support service available to all TAFE NSW enrolled students. It connects students to subject specialists who can answer questions about your study-related needs. You can:

  • Get constructive English writing feedback on academic writing, including structure, grammar, referencing, punctuation and spelling in less than 24 hours unless otherwise advised and/or
  • Connect live for personalised chat help with one of the Studiosity subject specialists to receive foundational assistance in the subjects of math, science, English, accounting and more.
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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
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • 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

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled for 2 x 2hr webinars each week and one week per year for practical based workshops and assessments. {day and date TBA) as well as work placement for one full working day per week.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


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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Core Units
Number Title
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
ACMVET406 Nurse animals
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
Elective Units
Number Title
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

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

13 Janison Street, Tamworth
Phone 131 601

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