This nationally recognised qualification is for students who wish to develop proficiency in providing expert veterinary nursing care for animals and professional support for their owners. You will develop personal and professional skills that are recognised and in demand by employers. ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is not only a nationally recognised qualification but also globally recognised.
ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is a nationally recognised course that provides training in practical and technical skills relevant to the care and nursing of animals, and the underpinning knowledge required to apply those skills in a variety of workplace situations.
The course begins with animal care basics such as safety, communication and how animals work. You then move onto more advanced studies including client care, surgical nursing, medical nursing, radiography, pathology, anaesthesia, dentistry and reproduction.
ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is conducted as part-time correspondence based study. You will be given a study timetable upon enrolment which outlines your units of study, due dates and specific requirements for assessment. Extensive support materials (videos, lessons, journal articles and book chapters) are included to view/download. Upon successful completion of all course requirements, you will be awarded a Certifiate of Completion and an Academic Transcript which documents your individual outcomes.
You will be assigned to a Student Support Coordinator, who will be available for one on one student support. Your Student Support Coordinator will check in with you on a monthly basis, however will be available via email, phone or online text chat should you ever need help with your course.
2 years (including scheduled study breaks). NB:
Average weekly commitment to the course is 25 hours per week. NB:
Course duration and weekly commitment shown above represents suggested times for a student who is a typical new entrant to the industry with little prior experience. These times may vary for you depending on credits, prior learning/experience or your individual work schedule.
A total of twenty one (21) Units of Competency must be achieved.
Complete all seventeen (17) Core Units and four (4) Elective Units.
ACMGAS307 Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work [Core unit]
ACMGAS308 Communicate effectively with clients and team members [Core unit]
ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work [Core unit]
ACMVET202 Carry out daily practice routines [Core unit]
ACMVET401 Coordinate veterinary reception duties [Core unit]
ACMVET402 Apply imaging routines [Core unit]
ACMVET403 Perform clinical pathology procedures [Core unit]
ACMVET404 Perform practice office procedures [Core unit]
ACMVET405 Coordinate and perform surgical nursing routines [Core unit]
ACMVET406 Nurse animals [Core unit]
ACMVET407 Carry out medical nursing routines [Core unit]
ACMVET408 Provide nutritional advice and support for animals [Core unit]
ACMVET409 Provide specific animal care advice [Core unit]
ACMVET410 Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures [Core unit]
ACMVET413 Prepare for anaesthesia and monitor animal anaesthesia and analgesia [Core unit]
ACMVET416 Assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisons [Core unit]
ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes [Core unit]
ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs [Elective unit]
ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats [Elective unit]
ACMCAS302 Provide advice on companion animal selection and general care [Elective unit]
ACMSPE302 Provide basic care of birds [Elective unit]
ACMSPE312 Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits [Elective unit]
ACMSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices [Elective unit]
ACMVET512 Develop and implement specific practice policies [Elective unit]
ACMGAS302 Provide enrichment for animals [Elective unit]
This course is available in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and Malaysia. If you are in a different country, please contact us to discuss availability.
Australian residents may be eligible for government funded traineeships. Further details, including eligibility criteria, can also be obtained from the Animal Industries Resource Centre.
This course is suitable for those who are working within a veterinary facility and are wishing to gain a nationally recognised qualification as a Veterinary Nurse.
Veterinary nurses wanting to update their skills can also enroll into individual units and complete them via distance education.
To enrol in ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, students are required to be working as a veterinary nurse for a minimum of 8 hours per week in paid employment. Employment must be maintained for the duration of the course. If the student changes workplaces, a “Change of details” form is available online, on the course website.
The pre-requisites for this course include:
We accept enrolments to this course on a weekly basis. To find out more information and access free career guidance, contact one of our education guides.
ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is $7250 AUD Australia-wide.
Please contact the Animal Industries Resource Centre to have your individualised pricing evaluated.
Fees are payable by credit card, bank transfer, money order, bank cheque or personal cheque. Payment plans can be arranged to meet your personal needs. More info on Ezypay Payment Plans.
This course is eligible for Australian Government Traineeships or Incentives. For further information see our Funding Options page.
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Once we can confirm you are in the required work situation, then you may receive an offer of enrolment.