Courses

Associate Degree of Veterinary Nursing

HEPIADVN

Important Note: This degree is no longer taking enrolments. Please see the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing to see our Vet Nursing program.

Important Note: This degree will not be taking new enrolments for 2019. All new intake for 2019 will be into the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (a La Trobe University qualification delivered by Melbourne Polytechnic).

Local Students

Code

HEPIADVN

Campuses

Epping

Department

Agriculture and Animal Studies - HE
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 2 years

Part-time: 4 years

Modes of Delivery

Tutorials, Practical demonstrations, Work placements, Online components, Workshops, Classroom

Fees

Per Semester: $9250
Per Year: $18500

Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

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Assessment Methods

Assessment will be based on a broad range of authentic tasks, involving individual and group responsibilities. The assessments will include assignments, tests, tutorial questions, oral presentations, client and staff educational materials development (videos, brochures, etc), case studies, practical skills tests, portfolios, role play scenarios, and a clinical placement journal.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department

Entrance Requirements

Applicants with recent secondary education
  • Successful completion of Year 12 VCE or recognised equivalent with a study score of at least 20 in any English and a study score of at least 20 in one of any Mathematics, Chemistry or Biology.
  • All applicants must also book an interview (late applications for interview bookings may be taken).
  • All applicants are required to submit a Personal Statement in which they detail their reasons for studying veterinary nursing, previous related experience and previous qualifications.
Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study
  • Successful completion of a Diploma course in Veterinary Nursing or a related area.
  • All applicants must also book an interview (late applications for interview bookings may be taken).
  • All applicants are required to submit a Personal Statement in which they detail their reasons for studying veterinary nursing, previous related experience and previous qualifications.
Applicants with higher education
  • A complete or incomplete higher education qualification.
  • All applicants must also book an interview (late applications for interview bookings may be taken).
  • All applicants are required to submit a Personal Statement in which they detail their reasons for studying veterinary nursing, previous related experience and previous qualifications.
Applicants with work and life experience
  • At least two years of related industry experience.
  • All applicants must also book an interview (late applications for interview bookings may be taken).
  • All applicants are required to submit a Personal Statement in which they detail their reasons for studying veterinary nursing, previous related experience and previous qualifications.

Pathways to further study

If you are a Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General) graduate, then you will be eligible for block credit for the first year of the Associate Degree. If you are a graduate of a different specialised Diploma in Veterinary Nursing, then you are welcome to apply for credit and this will be assessed on an individual basis.

Career Pathways

You will be highly employable in veterinary clinics and hospitals as nurses and/or practice managers in a range of fields, including, small animal, mixed, equine, general, and specialist. There will also be opportunities in large organisations such as veterinary pharmaceutical, veterinary nutrition companies, and animal research facilities. As a graduate, you will also be capable of self-employment and conducting your own small business, including owning a veterinary practice.

Enrolment Intake

  • February

Units Of Study

Credit points are a basic measure of student workload. All subjects are given a credit point value. Most subjects at Melbourne Polytechnic are 12 credit points. A normal full-time annual workload is 96 credit points. The academic year is divided into two main semesters; full-time students usually enrol in 48 credit points each semester, part time students usually enrol in 24 credit points each semester or less.

Code Subjects
BVN111 FOUNDATION STUDIES FOR VETERINARY NURSING
BVN112 VETERINARY CLINICAL PERSEPECTIVES ON: ANIMAL FORM, FUNCTION AND HEALTH 1
BVN113 ANIMAL CARE AND MANAGEMENT FOR THE VETERINARY TEAM
BVN114 INTRODUCTION TO VETERINARY NURSING PRACTICE
BVN121 COMMUNICATION FOR THE VETERINARY TEAM
BVN122 VETERINARY CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES ON: ANIMAL FORM, FUNCTION AND HEALTH 2
BVN123 VETERINARY NURSING PRACTICE 1
BVN124 BEHAVIOUR AND TRAINING IN SMALL ANIMALS FOR THE VETERINARY TEAM
BVN125 INTRODUCTION TO EQUINE STUDIES FOR VETERINARY NURSING
BVN211 VETERINARY NURSING AND ANIMAL DISEASE
BVN212 APPLIED VETERINARY CLINICAL SCIENCES
BVN213 EVIDENCE BASED APPROACH FOR VETERINARY NURSES
BVN214 VETERINARY NURSING PRACTICE 2
BVN221 HUMAN AND PHYSICAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT IN VETERINARY PRACTICE
BVN222 ADVANCED VETERINARY NURSING PRACTICES
BVN321 THE PRACTISING VETERINARY NURSE