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Australia’s first Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing - Information Session

04 Oct 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.

*** Information session Thursday 12th October at Melbourne Polytechnic's Epping campus - see below for details ***

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.

Interested in the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing?

If you are interested in learning more, and especially if you are considering applying for the 2018 intake, then we would strongly recommend that you attend one of our detailed information and facility tour sessions.

The next information session we will be holding will be on Thursday 12th October from 6.30pm – 8.30pm in Building E (The Veterinary Nursing Learning Centre) at our Melbourne Polytechnic Epping campus.

If you would like to attend this session, please RSVP to ua.ud1537650778e.cin1537650778hcety1537650778lopen1537650778ruobl1537650778em@ee1537650778rgedg1537650778nisru1537650778ntev1537650778 by Wednesday 11th October.


Media enquiries should be directed to Melbourne Polytechnic Media Officer, Anita Coia, on 03 9269 1251 or ua.ud1537650778e.cin1537650778hcety1537650778lopen1537650778ruobl1537650778em@ai1537650778dem1537650778

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.