La Trobe’s Veterinary Nursing degree, delivered at Melbourne Polytechnic's Epping Campus, provides graduates with a work-ready qualification and is the first full degree in Veterinary Nursing in Australia.
Melbourne Polytechnic offers the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing in partnership with La Trobe University. Graduates will have their degrees conferred by La Trobe University and degree testamurs will feature the La Trobe seal and logo.
See the full La Trobe program here and ask us about enrolment. This is a great opportunity to be part of this pioneering full degree program, delivered in our beautiful, industry standard facilities at Epping campus.
You will have access to specialised subjects, up to 800 hours industry placements throughout the program, and gain employment opportunities in a range of animal-related industries or future study pathways – whether you choose to step straight from education to employment, or use the degree as a springboard to further study.
Successful admission into this course offers the opportunity for you to turn your passion for animals and animal welfare into a fulfilling career. Develop the depth of knowledge and high skill levels required to graduate as employment ready veterinary nurses.
Industry Connections and Resources
Learn and practice clinical skills in our purpose built veterinary precinct, which includes extensive simulated veterinary practice suites. Undertake regular clinical placements throughout your study and gain experience in a range of veterinary clinical areas.
Graduates will be highly valued and capable veterinary nursing members of a veterinary team and possible future leaders in the industry. You will be encouraged to find veterinary nursing work by the end of second year, and in your third year will have the opportunity to elect subjects in areas of special interest to match your work goals.
Clinical placements throughout your study will offer you extensive opportunities to apply the theory and practices learned on campus in real life settings. The final semester of second year includes an internship-like approach, where you will undertake placement three days per week for 15 weeks, in a range of veterinary nursing related areas. The ongoing comprehensive practical clinical experience throughout the course will ensure that you are work ready and a highly employable graduate.
Assessment will be based on a broad range of authentic tasks involving individual and group responsibilities. The assessments will include assignments, tests, tutorial questions, quizzes, oral presentations, client and staff educational materials development (videos, brochures, etc), case studies, practical skills tests, portfolios, role play scenarios and a clinical placement reflective journal.
We encourage you to attend one of our on-campus Information Sessions prior to applying. These will be publicised on our Facebook page, Vet Nursing at Melbourne Polytechnic.
For further clarification regarding the selection requirements or assistance with booking an interview, please email ua.ud1526900461e.cin1526900461hcety1526900461lopen1526900461ruobl1526900461em@ee1526900461rgedg1526900461nisru1526900461ntev1526900461.
VTAC CodeLa Trobe University: 2100311181
DepartmentAgriculture and Animal Studies - HE
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, Lecture, Classroom
FeesFind out more on fees and charges
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 once a formal offer has been accepted by the teaching department
Entrance RequirementsEntry is competitive, with the intake currently capped at 40 full time equivalent places. Applicants are ranked based on their academic performance, written personal statement and an interview. The pre-requisites include:
- Year 12 - Successful completion of VCE units 3 and 4 (or recognised equivalent) with a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in any one of any Mathematics, Chemistry or Biology, or international equivalent
- OR Non-Year 12 – successful completion of a Diploma course in Veterinary Nursing or a related area, OR at least 2 years of related industry experience
Pathways to further studyIf you are a graduate of a Veterinary Nursing Diploma, then you are eligible to apply for some credit recognition (this will be up to a maximum of 8 subjects), assessed on an individual basis and may include testing of knowledge and skills levels
Career PathwaysYou will be highly employable in veterinary clinics and hospitals as nurses and/or practice managers in a range of fields, including small animals, mixed, equine, general and specialist. There will also be opportunities in large organisations such as veterinary pharmaceutical and veterinary nutrition companies
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.