Certificate IV In Veterinary Nursing

Course Code: ACM40418
Study Area:
Animal Studies

  • Bendigo Charleston Road Campus
Course Structure


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers

This course may lead to employment as a Veterinary Nurse.


It is expected that you will have achieved the Certificate II in Animal Studies/Care or higher or that you can demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge.

You will be required to:

  • Attend an individual interview with teaching staff
  • Complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment.

Course overview

Start date: July 2022

Traineeship and Workplace Delivery – Rolling enrolments, start any time

Full time, 2 years, 2 days per week

This industry qualification for people operating as veterinary nurses within veterinary clinics. Candidates should expect that access to a veterinary clinic whilst undertaking study for this qualification will be essential for meeting assessment requirements. Access may be through either paid employment or substantial periods of work placement or work experience blocks.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 240 hours of work placement over the duration of the course and competency must be demonstrated in:

  • 21 units of competency:
    • 17 core unit plus
    • 4 elective units.

At Bendigo TAFE, we provide students with the opportunity to experience a simulated workplace where your will gain industry relevant skills. Our teachers have a broad range of industry knowledge and skills that they bring to the classroom environment ensuring that students have relevant and current understanding of industry practices. View our 3D tour of our facilities here

You will gain skills in animal care management, reception duties, communication, basic animal care, infection control, animal welfare, nutrition, Occupational Health and Safety, pathology practices, medical nursing skills, radiology practices, anaesthetic monitoring skills, dental nursing

Watch our Recorded Information Session to learn more about this course including career opportunities, work placements, fees etc -Watch Here.

Practical Placement is a mandatory component of this course. Bendigo TAFE's Industry Placement Coordinator will assist students with their placement needs in approved host organisations. Bendigo TAFE will make efforts to secure an appropriate placement. Due to the current environment and circumstances outside our control placements may be delayed. This may then impact the completion dates for this course and deferment of graduation.

Before you can start your practical placement, you will need to provide the following compulsory requirement:

  • A valid Working with Children Check (Volunteer)
  • A satisfactory National Police Check – National Police checks are conducted via fit2work, (our students have a special discount for these)

Free TAFE and JobTrainer

You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government's FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. If you're aged 17-24 or looking for work, you may be eligible for 80% discount on the course tuition fee through JobTrainer. It's important to know you may incur fees that you will need to cover yourself, such as student service fees or materials fees. Skills First (eligible) students are usually entitled to one Free TAFE fee waiver, however under JobTrainer you may be eligible for a second Free TAFE course. You may also be able to get an exemption if you don't meet the upskilling requirement. To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233).

Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

How to apply

To apply for this qualification, click Apply Now on the Bendigo TAFE website.

Selection process

All applicants for this course will complete an assessment to evaluate their language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills. This helps to ensure that you enrol in a course that is the right level of study for you.

You may also be required to have an interview with the teaching staff before completing your enrolment.

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

You will be assessed throughout the course, assessments may include written, oral or practical assessments. These assessments are designed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required in order to achieve this qualification. Your teacher will provide you information on how you will be assessed for each unit.

There is the opportunity for re-assessment and appeal, which you can discus with your teacher.

There is a requirement as part of this course to undertake a minimum of 240 hours of practical placement.

Learning options

Key study areas

During your study you will learn about the following:

  • Animal care management
  • Reception duties
  • Communication
  • Basic animal care
  • Infection control
  • Animal welfare
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Pathology practices
  • Medical nursing skills
  • Radiology practices
  • Anaesthetic monitoring skills
  • Dental nursing.

Further study opportunities

On completion of this course, you may chose to:

  • Work in industry or undertake further study in:
    • Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (ACM50219).


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

Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
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Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$5,007.25
Concession - average total course fee*$1,001.45
Full fee - average total course fee*$17,292.37
B.   Materials average fee**$410.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$627.00
Indicative pricing for:
A.   Course enrolment type:Traineeship
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$5,007.25
Concession - average total course fee*$1,001.45
Full fee - average total course fee*$17,292.37
B.   Materials average fee**$320.00
C.   Consumables average fee**$145.00
Indicative pricing for:

*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

This page was last updated on 20/06/2022 4:58 PM