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Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Surgical)

Nationally recognised trainingFor qualified veterinary nurses who want to specialise their surgical skills

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Course Overview

Are you a qualified Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse looking to advance your knowledge and skills in a specialised area? Do you have a passion for surgical nursing? ACM50212 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) is a professional and technical program for qualified nurses wishing to formalise their specialised skills. Due to the complex nature of such study, paid employment within a veterinary clinic or hospital where a registered specialist performs specialised surgical procedures will be essential. 

Diploma of Veterinary Nursing Surgical

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Course Delivery Information

ACM50212 (Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) is a nationally recognised course conducted as part-time correspondence based study. You will be given a study timetable upon enrolment which outlines your units of study, due dates and specific requirements for assessment.

The course begins by encompassing and following the journey of a surgical patient and nursing aspects, theatre practices, instrument knowledge, patient admission processes, specific nursing plans and detailing specific surgical cases in which you have been involved. 

Upon successful completion of all course requirements, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion and an Academic Transcript which documents your individual outcomes. Student Support Coordinators, are available for one on one student support and will assist you with anything you may need. Learn more about the AIRC team.

Countries Offered

Australia. International students should contact the AIRC enrolments team

Who is this suitable for?

If you work in a dynamic and challenging environment, are able to multi task, have good time management skills, can deliver hands on patient care, can anticipate your surgeons next move and what they require, then the Diploma in Surgery is the course for you. The skills and knowledge of a surgical nurse can vary from a complicated abdominal surgery to the recovery of an intensive orthopaedic surgery within a normal working day.

Entry Requirements

The pre-requisites for this course include:

  • Current Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Have worked at least 4-5 years in the veterinary industry
  • Minimum 25 hours paid work within a veterinary clinic or hospital where a registered specialist performs specialised surgical procedures
  • Reliable internet access and an email address

We accept enrolments to this course on a weekly basis. To find out more information, please contact us.

Surgical Veterinary Nursing

Units of Study

A total of 7 units must be completed. You must have already completed the 19 core units from ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

You must complete all 7 units *

ACMSUS301A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

  • Covers the process required to analyse the workplace in an effective manner in relation to environmentally sustainable work practices and to implement improvements and monitor their effectiveness.

ACMVET501A Manage nursing requirements for specialised surgical procedures

  • Covers the process of conducting admissions for specialised surgical procedures, preparing the theatre environment, performing specific pre-operative procedures, monitoring anaesthesia, providing intra-operative support to surgeons and managing equipment cleaning and maintenance

ACMVET502A Carry out post-operative nursing routines

  • Covers the process of maintaining patient fluid therapy and nutritional requirements, monitoring wounds or surgical sites post-operatively, monitoring patients including recumbent patients post-operatively, and discharging patients that have undergone specialised surgical procedures into the care of clients

ACMVET508A Support veterinary practice communication and professional development

  • Covers the process of extending the skills and knowledge required to communicate at an advanced clinical level with veterinarians, other allied health professionals, clinic staff and clients as well as providing opportunities to contribute to the knowledge base and professional development of the veterinary practice.

ACMWHS501A Manage workplace health and safety processes

  • Covers the process required by an individual responsible for ongoing management of workplace health and safety within an area of management responsibility, where the workplace health and safety management processes have been set up by other persons, either internal or external to the organisation.

BSBCUS501C Manage quality customer service

  • Covers the skills and knowledge required to develop strategies to manage organisational systems that ensure products and services are delivered and maintained to standards agreed by the organization.

BSBWOR502B Ensure team effectiveness

  • Covers the skills and knowledge required to facilitate all aspects of teamwork within the organisation. It involves taking a leadership role in the development of team plans, leading and facilitating teamwork and actively engaging with the management of the organization.

* To begin the above units you must have already completed the 19 core units from ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. If you do not already have all of these units we can arrange to deliver or assess you in them.

The 19 core units from ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing are:

  • ACMGAS202A Participate in workplace communications
  • ACMGAS204A Feed and water animals
  • ACMGAS205A Assist in health care of animals
  • ACMGAS208A Source information for animal care needs
  • ACMINF301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work
  • ACMWHS301A Contribute to occupational health and safety processes
  • ACMVET201A Carry out veterinary nursing reception duties
  • ACMVET202A Carry out daily clinic routines
  • ACMVET203A Assist with surgery preparation
  • ACMVET401A Coordinate patient admission and discharge
  • ACMVET402A Apply imaging routines
  • ACMVET403A Perform clinic pathology procedures
  • ACMVET404A Perform clinic office procedures
  • ACMVET405A Carry out surgical nursing routines
  • ACMVET406A Nurse animals
  • ACMVET407A Carry out medical nursing routines
  • ACMVET408A Coordinate and perform theatre routines
  • ACMVET409A Provide specific animal care advice
  • ACMVET410A Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures


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Before you start...

Can you answer 'yes' to all these questions?:

25 hours paid work within a veterinary clinic or hospital where a registered specialist performs specialised surgical procedures

If you are unsure about anything please contact us and one of our friendly enrolments team members will guide you.

Because you can't save a partially completed form and return to it later, you will need to have all the necessary information ready at hand before you start. You will need: