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  • ACM30117 / ACM40418

Certificate III in Animal Studies / Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Double award
At a glance

At a glance

Combine entry-level knowledge with specialised skills to launch your veterinary nursing career. This course is the nationally-recognised industry qualification for vet nursing. Accelerate your career and learn the technical skills valued by the veterinary industry.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Veterinary Nurse
COURSE OUTCOME

ACM30117 / ACM40418 Certificate III in Animal Studies / Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

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Course overview

Course overview

Kick start a rewarding career working with animals with this dual qualification. Combine entry-level knowledge with specialised skills and launch your career as a veterinary nurse. With an estimated 24 million pets currently in Australia, demand for qualified veterinary nurses is expected to grow strongly over the next five years.

You'll start by developing fundamental skills in animal care including anatomy and physiology, hygiene techniques, animal identification, animal nutrition, and client communication. You'll also learn how to handle animals correctly, maintain and monitor animal health, and assist in providing treatments for animals. 

Then move on to your veterinary nursing studies where you'll learn how to support hospitalised animals through their medical procedures, prepare animals for surgery, assist in surgical nursing procedures, and monitor patients when under anaesthesia. You'll also discover how to perform clinical pathology procedures, prepare equipment and animals for x-rays, and carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures. You'll get the opportunity to put your skills into practice with work experience and vocational placement a key component of this course. 

Successful completion of this dual qualification will open up a range of career opportunities in the animal care industry. You will also be equipped with the skills required to seek work as a veterinary nurse.  

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 4 elective units from the list below. You will also be required to undertake 240 hours of vocational placement in an approved setting. 

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
ACMGAS202
Participate in workplace communications
ACMGAS203
Complete animal care hygiene routines
ACMGAS301
Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
ACMGAS303
Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
ACMINF301
Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
ACMSUS201
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMWHS301
Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
ACMGAS307
Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
ACMGAS308
Communicate effectively with clients and team members
ACMVET202
Carry out daily clinic routines
ACMVET401
Coordinate veterinary reception duties
ACMVET402
Apply imaging routines
ACMVET403
Perform clinical pathology procedures
ACMVET404
Perform practice office procedures
ACMVET405
Coordinate and perform surgical nursing routines
ACMVET406
Nurse animals
ACMVET407
Carry out medical nursing routines
ACMVET408
Provide nutritional advice and support for animals
ACMVET409
Provide specific animal care advice
ACMVET410
Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures
ACMVET413
Prepare for anaesthesia and monitor animal anaesthesia and analgesia
ACMVET416
Assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisons

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
ACMGAS301
Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
ACMGAS303
Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
ACMSPE304
Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMSPE305
Provide basic care of domestic cats

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Placement

Certificate III in Animal Studies

Stage 1 - 80 hours Work Experience (optional)

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Stage 2 – 120 hours Vocational Placement

Stage 3 – 120 hours Vocational Placement

If you are not currently employed or volunteering in industry, during your course you will be required to complete vocational placement so you can start practising your new skills in a real-world environment. You’ll be required to work shifts determined by your placement provider, and these can include early mornings or late nights, any day of the week, including public holidays. TAFE Queensland may be able to assist in arranging suitable placements.

Completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You may be expected to travel up to one hour to attend your vocational placement facility and will be responsible for all costs associated with attending that facility. Due to limitations on placement availability, TAFE Queensland cannot guarantee proximity to your location.

You are required to complete 240 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.

Please note: prior to placement you may need to complete a Criminal History Check (yellow card) and apply for a Blue Card (working with children check). This will be confirmed by your course educator.

If your police check identifies that you have a criminal history, you may be disqualified from being eligible to undertake placement and assessment, 

which would affect your course outcomes. If you think this might impact you, please speak to the relevant Vocational Placement Coordinator for further information.

You will be responsible for any costs associated with meeting these placement requirements.

Resources required

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs up to the value of $500.00, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network.

You will also be required to purchase uniform items including comfortable closed in shoes preferably black and TAFE Queensland branded items. These details will be provided after enrolment or during orientation. The purchase of TAFE Queensland branded uniform items may incur additional costs $80.00.

Need to know

Working in certain jobs increases your exposure to some vaccine-preventable diseases. The National Health and Medical Research Council recommends the following vaccinations in line with the Queensland Government’s Occupational immunisations for veterinary students:

  • Rabies
  • Q-fever
  • Influenza
  • Tetanus vaccine

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers


Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland