Animal Industries Resource Centre

Personalised and Professional Education and Training (RTO Code 31424)


Animal Care Courses and Veterinary Nurse Qualifications at AIRC

Understand your learning pathway, seek career guidance, and access enrolment application forms.

Welcome to our course selection and information portal. It’s designed to help you make sense of your education and qualification pathway.​

All of our certificates and diplomas are nationally recognised and exceptionally well respected by students and employers. They’re your ticket to a career in vet nursing.

You can use our course selection tool to filter the course most relevant for your journey, and access thorough breakdowns of course content and eligibility criteria via the course selection portal.

AIRC’s Nationally Recognised Vet Nursing and Animal Care Course List

Certificate I in Animal Care Industry Pathways ACM10121​​

The Certificate I in Animal Care Industry Pathways (ACM10121) course​ is a great starting point for animal carers and young learners to develop basic animal care skills. This is an online course that takes approximately six months to complete. It’s not a prerequisite for later courses, but can help students get a foot in the door when applying for work in animal care workplaces.​

Certificate II in Animal Care ACM20121​

Certificate II in Animal Care (ACM20121​) course is for animal attendants and aspiring vet nurses who seek to start their professional qualification journey. This course takes approximately nine months to complete, and comprises private learning and practical assessment. Completion is a primary way to satisfy the prerequisite learning criteria for entry into Certificate IV.

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing ACM40418​

Completing Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (ACM40418) signifies you’re a fully qualified vet nurse. This course takes approximately two years to complete and enrolment criteria requires a completed Certificate II in Animal Studies (or equivalent), and at least 10 hours paid work per week at an animal care workplace or practice.

Diploma of Veterinary Nursing ACM50219​

The Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (ACM50219) course is an advanced qualification for qualified vet nurses to develop further practice specialisation. We offer elective choices in the fields of General Practice, Dental, Emergency & Critical Care, and Surgical.

Diploma of Leadership and Management BSB50420 ​

The Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB50420) course is a nationally recognised qualification for vet practice professionals seeking to formalise and develop their business skills and increase their people management proficiency. The course covers fundamental skills including: emotional intelligence, project management, recruitment and how to manage a team of employees.

Additional Animal Care Courses​ and Development

For additional animal care courses that do not feature on the nationally recognised vet nurse qualification pathway, we invite you to visit our sister organisation, Crampton Consulting Group (CCG) which has hundreds of professional development courses.

Contact our education guides for free career advice and to learn about funding eligibility.

About AIRC

Animal Industries Resource Centre (AIRC) is the longest practicing private animal care and vet nurse RTO in Australia. Our commitment is to the delivery of exceptional training in the fields of animal care and veterinary nurse practice.

We’ve helped generations of vet nurses develop their careers, many of whom now operate in senior level positions in the most advanced veterinary facilities internationally and across Australia.

We help our students take the right next step for them in a context of support and guidance.