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Australia’s first Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing launched in Melbourne

01 Sep 2017

From 2018, students will be able to turn their passion for animals into a career through the first Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing in Australia.

This La Trobe University degree will be delivered by Melbourne Polytechnic at their Epping campus.

The new qualification will replace the current Associate Degree of Veterinary Nursing and will provide the opportunity for students to develop further expertise in areas of clinical interest and undertake applied research projects with industry partners during their studies.

“The course will appeal to people who want to work with animals and to develop practical veterinary nursing skills, but also seek the  depth of knowledge and understanding found in higher education,” says Dr Megan Dietze, Head of Program, Veterinary Nursing Higher Education at Melbourne Polytechnic. “They will graduate as highly skilled and knowledgeable clinicians in the veterinary nursing field.”

Graduates will have employment opportunities in a range of animal-related industries or future study pathways, whether they choose to step straight from education to employment, or use the degree as a springboard to further study.

The course has a strong industry focus, with over 800 hours of industry experience over the three years of the program.

“We’re focusing on a holistic nursing approach,” says Dr Dietze. “Veterinary nursing is a highly skilled career, so our program includes both advanced medical and surgical nursing.”

Special interest subjects in final year will allow students to branch out into a wide variety of career interests, including emergency critical care, advanced equine nursing, wildlife and exotics, physical therapy, and welfare nursing.

This means graduates will be able to work in a broad range of clinical settings such as small animal practice, equine practice, emergency centres and specialist centres, as well as for veterinary supply and sales companies.

The Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing has been made possible through an agreement with La Trobe University. Students will graduate with a degree from La Trobe University, whilst the course itself will be delivered by Melbourne Polytechnic at their Epping Campus in their state of the art Veterinary Nursing Learning Centre.

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Melbourne Polytechnic operates across seven campuses and five specialist training centres throughout Melbourne. The institute delivers high quality vocational and higher education in industry-standard facilities.