Diploma of Veterinary Nursing

Course Code: ACM50219
Study Area:
Veterinary Nursing

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we have adapted our course delivery to now encompass a combination of remote and flexible delivery methods. This includes easy to navigate online tutorials, interactive learning (using a mix of live demonstrations and the ability to connect with your classmates and teachers for support) as well as face-to-face practical assessments and work placements – where safe and practical to implement. Therefore, you will require access to the internet and a computer to undertake this course. Our flexible model allows you to continue to study in a safe, guided and fully supported manner with continued access to all learning, personal and wellbeing supports.

Start date: We offer rolling enrolments. Enrol at any time.

End date: Rolling enrolment

Are you a qualified Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse and looking to further your career in the veterinary field? The Diploma of Veterinary Nursing qualification reflects the role of a senior veterinary nurse who works under the supervision of a registered veterinarian. In this role, you can provide leadership to staff and advanced nursing care for animals. You will also be skilled to be able to apply specialist and in-depth knowledge to patient assessment, care and management within a veterinary workplace.

  • Broadmeadows Campus
  • Bendigo Charleston Road Campus
Course Structure
  • Full time / Part time / Blended - Blended - 1 - Year/s

    You will study though a combination of online guided sessions, workplace based learning and assessment and on campus workshops


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • This course may lead to employment as a: • Veterinary Nursing Manager • Head Veterinary Nurse

  • Entrants into ACM50219 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing are required to hold the 19 Core Units from the ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, or equivalent qualification.

Course overview

This qualification reflects the role of a senior veterinary nurse who works under the supervision of a registered veterinarian, to provide leadership to staff and advanced nursing care for animals including applying specialist skills and in-depth knowledge to patient assessment, care and management within a veterinary workplace. The Diploma of Veterinary Nursing requires access and regular exposure to patients (animals), clients, consults, medical and surgical cases, veterinary staff, nursing, and practice policies and procedures. To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 240 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the relevant units of competency. The scope of practice for veterinary nurses is determined by state and territory legislative and regulatory requirements. Users of this qualification must refer to the legislation and regulations in the development of training and assessment strategies.

How to apply
Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • Interview and a literacy and numeracy

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • Presentation
  • Assignment
  • Written test

Learning options
  • Blended

Key study areas
  • Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Manage veterinary nursing procedures
  • Apply veterinary pathophysiology
  • Apply principles of animal behaviour
  • Manage workplace health and safety processes
  • Manage quality customer service
  • Ensure team effectiveness
  • Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace

Further study opportunities
  • You may want to go on to complete higher level studies.


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
  4. Student Support Fee.   
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

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*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

D.  Student Support fees
The Student Support fee is a non-tuition fee for Government subsidised (eligible) students and full fee paying (ineligible) students. Read more. Student support fees are non refundable . Student support fees are payable annually for the duration of your course, over and above tuition fees.

This page was last updated on 10/09/2020 4:49 PM

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