Courses

Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing

HESBVN

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.

Employment outcomes

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.

Work Placement

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

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.

Application Procedures

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.ud1511212049e.cin1511212049hcety1511212049lopen1511212049ruobl1511212049em@ee1511212049rgedg1511212049nisru1511212049ntev1511212049.

Contact

For any additional information on our Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA) on 03 9269 8400, or send an email.

Local Students

Code

HESBVN

VTAC Code

La Trobe University: 2100311181

Campuses

EPPING

Department

Agriculture and Animal Studies - HE
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 3 years

Part-time: 6 years

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 Delivery

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

Fees

Commonwealth Supported Places for domestic students available. For more information about fees for the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing please click here.

Find out more on fees and charges

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 once a formal offer has been accepted by the teaching department

Entrance Requirements

Entry 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
Subject Bonus: A study score of 25 in Maths: Mathematical Methods (any), Maths: Specialist Mathematics or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

Pathways to further study

If 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 Pathways

You 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

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
ABS0WOM WOMINJEKA LA TROBE: INDIGENOUS CULTURAL LITERACY FOR HIGHER EDUCATION (ONLINE)
AGR3RP1 APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT 1
AGR3RP2 APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT 2
LTU0AIM ACADEMIC INTEGRITY MODULE (ONLINE)
VET1ACM ANIMAL CARE AND MANAGEMENT
VET1AFA VETERINARY CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES: ANIMAL FORM, FUNCTION AND HEALTH A
VET1AFB VETERNINARY CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES: ANIMAL FORM, FUNCTION AND HEALTH B
VET1CVT COMMUNICATION FOR THE VETERINARY TEAM
VET1EHS EQUINE HEALTH SYSTEMS
VET1FSV FOUNDATION STUDIES FOR VETERINARY NURSING
VET1IVN INTRODUCTION TO VETERINARY NURSING PRACTICE
VET1SAB SMALL ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR AND TRAINING
VET1VNA APPLIED VETERINARY NURSING PRACTICE A
VET2DIA DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING AND ANAESTHESIA
VET2EBN EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE FOR VETERINARY NURSES
VET2IAN INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCED VETERINARY NURSING
VET2PRM VETERINARY PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
VET2PVN THE PRACTICING VETERINARY NURSES
VET2VAD VETERINARY NURSING AND ANIMAL DISEASE
VET2VNB APPLIED VETERINARY NURSING PRACTICE B
VET3AEH ADVANCED EQUINE HEALTH CARE
VET3ASC ADVANCED VETERINARY SURGICAL PATIENT CARE
VET3EAW EXOTICS, AVIAN AND WILDLIFE CARE
VET3ECC EMERGENCY AND CRITICAL CARE
VET3LAH LARGE ANIMAL HEALTH CARE
VET3MPC ADVANCED VETERINARY MEDICAL PATIENT CARE
VET3VPT PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR VETERINARY NURSING PATIENTS
VET3VSM VETERINARY SHELTER MEDICINE AND PATIENT CARE