Offering Info

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

  • National Course Code: ACM40418
  • TAFE NSW code: ACM40418-01V01-22OTE-004

Location – TAFE Digital (focused on Companion Animals)


Self paced



Course Start Date


Study Commitment

11 Hours per week


2.5 years

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

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing prepares you for an exciting career as a veterinary nurse. Choose an area of specialisation such as companion animals, horses general, horses breeding, horses foal care, pocket pets, wildlife and captive animals or practice programs.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Admit and discharge animal patients
  • Coordinate theatre routines and carry out surgical nursing and dental procedures
  • Prepare and monitor anaesthesia and analgesics in animals
  • Nurse animals and support their nutritional needs
  • Comply with infection control policies


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Empathy and compassion for animals
  • Great communication skills
  • Teamwork and collaboration abilities
  • Attention to detail
  • An ability to remain calm in a crisis


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate IV level
  • Pathways to specialise in multiple areas of the veterinary nursing industry

Career opportunities:

  • Veterinary nurse
  • Veterinary sales representative
  • Veterinary receptionist
  • Zoo keeping veterinary nurse
  • Equine veterinary nurse
  • Veterinary nurse in organisations such as the RSPCA or Animal Welfare League


Take your expertise further with the:

  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (Companion Animals)
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (Horses General)
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (Horses Breeding)
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (Horses Foal Care)
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (Pocket Pets)
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (Wildlife and Captive Animals)
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (Practice Programs)

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 eligible for this course, you need to demonstrate the following:

  • That you have achieved a Certificate II in Animal Care as evidenced by a copy of your certificate or transcript or
  • That you have achieved a Certificate III or higher-level qualification in an animal science discipline as evidenced by a copy of your certificate or transcript or
  • That you have the skills and knowledge in a relevant animal science discipline as evidenced by your resume or interview with your teacher and
  • That you are employed in or have secured work placement in a veterinary practice, clinic or hospital for a minimum of 480 hours as evidenced by a signed letter from a veterinary practice

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 veterinary nursing industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


Work placement provides you with opportunities to respond 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.

During your course you will undertake a mandatory 480 hours of work placement with a suitable industry employer.

You are responsible for arranging your own 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
  • A work placement guide to help you find the right workplace and support you in your work placement experience


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

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level
  • The ability to provide your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include enclosed shoes, full-length trousers and sleeved tops
  • Intermediate level fitness to manage physical demands like lifting and handling animals
  • Access to a computer with an internet connection
  • Flexibility to work outside of business hours

TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.

This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

If you need help preparing for study, 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.

This course offering is designed for people who:

  • have completed the Certificate II in Animal Studies or higher.
  • have secured suitable work placement
  • have high levels of literacy, numeracy and good communication skills

To be enrolled in this course offering, you need to be able to meet the following work placement requirements:

  • secured your work placement and had your supervisor submit the online Workplace Supervisor and Facility Checklist

Before applying:

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • to be self directed in your learning
  • have good Internet Access
  • be comfortable typing, using the Internet and email, chatting to your teachers or others online, reading course content online, using common software and uploading your assessments including video files.

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


This is a self paced, online course. You will need to complete approximately 11 hours of online study each week. You may also be required to complete approximately 7 hours of additional study. This additional study could include private study, work placement and research.

The course will run for 2.5 years.

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

An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments.

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 ( cost approximately $380.00


Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

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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

Applying with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. As you progress through the application and enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details. (only if available as a trainee)

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
ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats
ACMBEH302 Provide enrichment for animals
ACMGEN311 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing

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.

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Course Location

TAFE Digital (focused on Companion Animals)
Phone 131 601

Fees information

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