Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Course Code: ACM40412
Study Area:
Agriculture, Horticulture and Land Management

Start date: 15 July 2019

End date: December 2019

Do you enjoy working with animals and have patience and the ability to handle animals in a gentle and calm manner? Take your passion for animals and turn it into a career in Veterinary Nursing. You will gain the skills to provide support to veterinarians in the management and care of animals receiving medical and surgical treatment. You can learn to work with companion animals, rabbits and rodents or enhance you skills in the equine field.

  • Broadmeadows Campus
  • Bendigo Charleston Road Campus
Course Structure
  • Full time - Blended - 2 - Year/s


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • Veterinary Nurse

  • Individual interview
  • Language, literacy and numeracy assessment
  • Certificate II in animal studies or higher or demonstrated knowledge and evidence of work in field

Course overview

This course is the industry specific qualification for persons operating as veterinary nurses within veterinary clinics. Access to a veterinary clinic whilst undertaking study is essential for meeting assessment requirements and may be through either paid employment or substantial periods of work placement or work experience blocks. Candidates undertaking equine elective units will require access to work experience and/or employment within an equine veterinary clinic or hospital. Candidates should confirm the regulatory requirements that apply in their relevant state or territory. In addition, individual Units of Competency may specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements.

How to apply
Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • Interview and a literacy and numeracy evaluation.

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
  • Written Assignment, Observation, Log Book.

Learning options
  • Traineeship
  • Classroom (Delivery Method)

Key study areas
Veterinary reception duties, communications, theatre routines, nutrition, animal care, animal training, animal grooming.

Further study opportunities
  • Diploma of Veterinary Nursing


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.

There are no items to show in this view.

*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 17/04/2019 1:39 PM

National Accreditation Image