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Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

  • National Course Code: ACM40418
  • TAFE NSW code: ACM40418-01V01-21TAR-138

Location – Taree


Full Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

33.9 Hours per week


18 Months

  • 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 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.

There is a TAFE NSW entry requirement to meet the performance / skills Assessment Requirements of the qualification:
Students must have work placement arrangements of a minimum of 480 hours in a veterinary practice / clinic / hospital
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 qualification and unit requirements.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • Learners will be required to competently complete all 21 units
  • 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.
    A Work Placement Guide is available for students and employers. This Work Placement Guide contains information to the workplace employer on their roles and responsibilities during the students work placement. A Work Health and Safety checklist, induction checklist and equipment checklist must be completed by the workplace employer and provided to TAFE NSW. These checklists allow TAFE NSW to monitor that the workplace has provided the necessary requirements, such as access to equipment, prior to the student commencing work placement.


This is a Full Time course. You will need to attend approximately 14.5 hours of class, over 2 days a week, for 18 months. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 19.4 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 2.5 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including H (independent study, research, practice and assignments).

Unstructured leaning includes self-directed learning such as research, private study and preparation for assessments. Students can use this time to do more reading, and revise the content delivered in the face-to-face and structured learning components of the course, and prepare for assessments. Students are provided a list of relevant reading materials, videos and industry websites to read and explore for the unstructured component of the course. LibGuides containing these links are provided to students:


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


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
  • 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 on Monday and Wednesday from 9.00am to 4.00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

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?


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 provided and are also available for purchase in hard copy through Inteliprint ( approximate cost $380.00


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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

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

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
ACMGAS302 Provide enrichment for animals
ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
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

Montgomery Crescent, Taree
Phone 131 601

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