2 years full time / part time
2 years full time / part time
Times are changing for pet ownership in Australia, with more households owning pets than ever which is increasing demand for veterinary services. Over 70% of pet owners now view the role of veterinary services as keeping their pets healthy rather than treating them when they are sick. If you dream of a career taking care of animals, Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing will set you on the path to becoming a veterinary nurse.
The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Melbourne Polytechnic helps you develop a range of animal care skills including clinical and surgical routines. Developed with our veterinary industry partners, the course focuses on practical learning that reflects real life scenarios. Practice clinical skills in our purpose-built veterinary precinct, Melbourne Polytechnic’s Veterinary Nursing Learning Centre, which includes extensive simulated veterinary practice suites. You’ll be trained by enthusiastic, industry-experienced teachers in a range of areas from reception duties to clinical pathology, radiology, theatre routines, dental nursing and general animal care.
Completing Melbourne Polytechnic’s nationally-recognised veterinary nursing certificate sets you up for multiple career paths. You can choose to work in animal pharmaceuticals, for the pet food industry, at your local vet or in a specialised clinic. You might even pursue work with animal welfare rescue organisations, or use your extensive knowledge at non-medical care organisations such as animal shelters or pet maintenance business.
"It means future to me now. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."
This course is delivered primarily at our Fairfield campus and will include a compulsory practical placement. Some practical components will take place in our Veterinary Nurse Learning Centre at the Epping Campus.
Assessment methods for this course includes workshops written activities, assignments and satisfactory completion of practical skills.
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.
|ACMGAS301||MAINTAIN AND MONITOR ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELL BEING||Core||50|
|ACMVET202||CARRY OUT DAILY CLINIC PRACTICE ROUTINES||Core||40|
|ACMINF301||COMPLY WITH INFECTION CONTROL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES IN ANIMAL WORK||Core||60|
|ACMGAS302||PROVIDE ENRICHMENT FOR ANIMALS||Core||40|
|ACMSPE305||PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF DOMESTIC CATS||Core||40|
|ACMGAS307||IDENTIFY ANIMAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY FOR ANIMAL CARE WORK||Core||100|
|ACMGAS308||COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY WITH CLIENTS AND TEAM MEMBERS||Core||30|
|ACMVET402||APPLY IMAGING ROUTINES||Core||90|
|ACMSPE304||PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF DOMESTIC DOGS||Core||40|
|ACMVET401||COORDINATE VETERINARY RECEPTION DUTIES||Core||70|
|ACMVET413||PREPARE FOR ANAESTHESIA AND MONITOR ANAESTHESIA AND ANALGESIA||Core||80|
|ACMWHS301||CONTRIBUTE TO WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCESSES||Core||50|
|ACMVET409||PROVIDE SPECIFIC ANIMAL CARE ADVICE||Core||90|
|ACMVET403||PERFORM CLINIC PATHOLOGY PROCEDURES||Core||70|
|ACMVET410||CARRY OUT VETERINARY DENTAL NURSING PROCEDURES||Core||40|
|ACMVET404||COORDINATE AND PERFORM SURGICAL NURSING ROUTINES||Core||40|
|ACMVET405||COORDINATE AND PERFORM SURGICAL NURSING ROUTINES||Core||120|
|ACMVET407||CARRY OUT MEDICAL NURSING ROUTINES||Core||70|
|ACMVET416||ASSIST WITH THE PREPARATION OF VETERINARY DRUGS AND POISONS||Core||60|
|ACMVET408||PROVIDE NUTRITIONAL ADVICE AND SUPPORT FOR ANIMALS||Core||100|
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After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.
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