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Veterinary Nursing

Certificate IV Of

Code: ACM40418

Overview

Campus

Fairfield

Duration

2 years full time / part time

Duration

2 years full time / part time

Next Intake

Midyear

Next Intake

February, July

A career in helping animals

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.

Learn industry standard in veterinary environments

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.

Open doors to multiple career paths

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.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

As a graduate you may find work in private veterinary clinics offering a diverse range of services and undertaking various tasks and duties. The course also opens doors to working for pet food companies, in animal pharmaceuticals or specialist clinics.
  • Veterinary Nurse

Akolda Bil

"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."

Course Details

How you learn

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

Assessment methods for this course includes workshops written activities, assignments and satisfactory completion of practical skills.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Units of Study
Code Subject Elective Hours
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
ACMVET406 NURSE ANIMALS Core 80
ACMVET416 ASSIST WITH THE PREPARATION OF VETERINARY DRUGS AND POISONS Core 60
ACMVET408 PROVIDE NUTRITIONAL ADVICE AND SUPPORT FOR ANIMALS Core 100

Fees & Costs

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2019. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Tuition Fees
$5050.00 - $13500.00
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

Materials and Amenities cost

We will supply a list of materials including texts and stationery items that you will need to purchase.

Attend an Info Session 

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Requirements

This course requires either:
  • the completion of either ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • or a relevant Certificate III or higher in an animal science discipline
  • or can demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge in a relevant animal science discipline to any of the above qualifications.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.