Diploma Of Veterinary Nursing

Course Code: ACM50219
Study Area:
Veterinary Nursing

Start date: We offer rolling enrolments - enrol at any time.
End date: 12 months after course commencement 

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.

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.


  • Bendigo Charleston Road Campus
Course Structure

This course is offered as workplace delivery over 1 year. 


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
      This course may lead to employment as a
  • Veterinary Clinic Practice Manager
  • Senior Veterinary Nurse


Entry into this qualification is open to individuals who:

Hold a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing or other equivalent veterinary nursing qualification


Have extensive experience working at Certificate IV level or above in a veterinary practice, and has demonstrated the ability to:

  • work autonomously and within an inter-professional team 
  • independently provide nursing care for a broad range of medical and surgical conditions for a variety of species
  • communicate effectively with a variety of people within the organisation
  • supervise and direct other staff within the workplace
  • problem solve and support others within the working environment 
  • independently support clients to maintain animal health
  • develop and review organisational administration processes
  • maintain currency of industry skills and knowledge.

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, students must complete at least 240 hours of work in a veterinary clinic.

How to apply

To apply for this course you must complete an online application by clicking the 'apply here' button or for further information call our Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email enquiries@bendigotafe.edu.au. 

Selection process

You will undertake a Literacy, Language and Numeracy (LLN) evaluation and also a pre-training review (PTR) to determine your suitability for this course. You will also be interviewed by a member of our teaching team to assess your suitability for this course and pre-requisites.

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.

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.

Learning options

Key study areas
  • Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Support vet practice communication and professional development 
  • Manage vet nursing procedures
  • Apply principles of animal behaviour
  • Manage workplace health and safety processes
  • Manage quality customer service
  • Lead and manage team effectiveness
  • Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace
  • Apply vet nursing pathophsyiology 

Further study opportunities


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.

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
To check your eligibility click here.
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*$4,097.50
Concession - average total course fee*$819.50
Full fee - average total course fee*$9,521.10
B.   Materials average fee**$372.50
C.   Consumables average fee**$372.50
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

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 19/05/2021 1:30 PM

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