Melbourne Polytechnic's exciting Associate Degree of Veterinary Nursing is the first para-professional veterinary nursing qualification of this level available in Australia. It is designed to produce highly skilled clinicians with exceptional levels of practical skill, knowledge and in-depth understanding gained through a stimulating exploration of the academic underpinnings of the field.
Important Note: This degree is no longer taking enrolments. Please see the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing to see our Vet Nursing program.
How will you learn?
When studying for the Associate Degree of Veterinary Nursing, you will actively participate in a combination of academic and practical hands-on learning, under the guidance of highly qualified, passionate and experienced industry experts in Melbourne Polytechnic’s state-of-the-art facilities.
We will arrange clinical placements for you throughout your study, which offer extensive opportunities to apply the theory and practices learned on campus in real life settings. The final semester includes an internship-like six month period, where you will undertake placements in a range of areas of interest. This ongoing comprehensive practical clinical experience will ensure that you are work ready and a highly employable graduate.
Graduate employment opportunities will be available in the private and public sectors, including employment in Veterinary clinics and hospitals as nurses and/or practice managers in a range of areas including:
- small animal
More graduate opportunities can be found in large organisations, such as:
- veterinary pharmaceutical
- veterinary nutrition companies
- animal research facilities
As a graduate, you may also be capable of self-employment and conducting your own small business, including owning a veterinary practice.
What will you learn?
Some of the major areas which will be studied during the Associate Degree include:
- animal care and management
- animal anatomy, physiology and health
- applied veterinary clinical sciences – radiology and anaesthesia
- communication for the veterinary team
- evidence based approach for veterinary nursing
- human and physical resources management in veterinary practice
- veterinary nursing and animal disease
- veterinary nursing practice
This course will also help you to develop high level skills in a range of clinical areas, such as:
- safe animal handling and restraint
- nursing consultations
- personalised nursing care plan development and implementation for patients
- ward nursing
- intensive care nursing
- emergency care nursing
- surgical nursing
- anaesthesia preparation, monitoring and recovery
- dental care
- personalised patient nutritional planning
In addition, you will develop skills in:
- caring for animals while maximising animal welfare outcomes
- communicating with, leading, and educating others
- managing veterinary facilities and veterinary teams
This Associate Degree of Veterinary Nursing is accredited by the Tertiary Educational Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA).
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DepartmentAgriculture and Animal Studies - HE
To begin the application process for full-time study in this course, please click on the 'Apply Now' pink tab, and make an interview time by clicking on the 'Make a Booking' blue tab (sitting at the bottom of the Apply Now tab - underneath the Part-time Apply Now button). You can also contact the department directly with any questions, by email.
To begin the application process for part-time study in this course, please click on the 'Apply Now' pink tab, and make an interview time by clicking on the 'Make a Booking' blue tab (sitting at the bottom of the Apply Now tab - underneath the Part-time Apply Now button). Or, contact the department directly with any questions, by email.
Class Schedule: *
Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM
*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor
Modes of DeliveryTutorials, Practical demonstrations, Work placements, Online components, Workshops, Classroom
The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
Assessment MethodsAssessment 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.
MaterialsLists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department
- 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, OR
- successful completion of a Diploma course in Veterinary Nursing or a related area, OR
- 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
- for additional information we encourage you to attend one of our Information Nights, at Epping Campus
Pathways to further studyIf 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 PathwaysYou 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.
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.