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Diploma of Veterinary Nursing

Nationally recognised trainingThe ACM50219 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing is the next step to advance your knowledge and skills in veterinary nursing and leadership. AIRC offer Diploma specialisations in the fields of General Practice; Dental; Emergency and Critical Care; and Surgical.

Course Overview

Are you a qualified Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse looking to advance your knowledge and skills in veterinary nursing? This qualification reflects the role of a senior veterinary nurse who works under the supervision of a registered veterinarian, to provide leadership to staff and advanced nursing care for animals including applying specialist skills and in-depth knowledge to patient assessment, care and management within a veterinary workplace.

Diploma of Veterinary Nursing General Practice

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We love the training provided by AIRC & CCG. AIRC trained nurses are incredibly competent. The rigorous training program provides nurses with a high level of underpinning knowledge. This is backed up by workplace assessments to ensure that theory translates into practice. We could not be happier with our AIRC-trained nurses and choose AIRC for both Cert IV and Diplomas.

Dr Cathy Warburton
Veterinary Director
Animal Emergency Centres, Vic.

Course Delivery Information

ACM50219 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing 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.

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 contact the AIRC Enrolments Team. 

Entry Requirements

To enrol into this qualification you must: Some elective group units have additional entry requirements. Please discuss these with AIRC:

  • Hold a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing or other equivalent veterinary nursing qualification
  • Have extensive experience working at Certificate IV level or above in a veterinary practice
  • Be working in a supervisory or management role
  • Some elective group units have additional entry requirements. Please discuss these with AIRC


Assessments include a combination of short answer questions, case studies and discussion, third-party reports and practical skills assessment based in your workplace.

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General Practice Diploma Veterinary Nursing

Units of Study

  • ACMSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • ACMWHS501 Manage workplace health and safety processes
  • BSBCUS501 Manage quality customer service
  • BSBWOR502 Lead and manage team effectiveness
  • TAEDEL402 Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace
  • ACMVET508 Support veterinary practice communication and professional development

Choose one group of electives below.

Surgical elective group

  • ACMVET501 Manage nursing requirements for specialised surgical procedures
  • ACMVET502 Carry out post-operative nursing routines
  • Plus one other unit from another group

NB requires access to the textbook: Small Animal Surgical Nursing – Skills and concepts. Edited by: Marianne Tear, MS, LVT

Dental elective group

  • ACMVET503 Produce veterinary dental oral cavity images
  • ACMVET504 Provide veterinary dental nursing support for advanced veterinary dental surgery
  • Plus one other unit from another group
NB requires access to the textbooks: Atlas of Dental Radiography for Cats and Dogs.  Authored by: Gregg DuPont, Linda DeBowes, and Small Animal Dental Procedures for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses.   Edited by: Jeanne R. Perrone

ECC elective group

  • ACMVET505 Prepare for veterinary emergency response
  • ACMVET506 Perform emergency procedures to sustain life
  • ACMVET507 Provide nursing support for critical care surgery

NB requires access to the textbook: Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care for Veterinary Technicians, (Andrea M Battaglia, Andrea M Steele)

General Practice elective group

  • ACMVET509 Manage veterinary nursing procedures
  • ACMVET510 Apply veterinary nursing pathophysiology
  • ACMVET511 Apply principles of animal behaviour

NB requires access to the textbook: BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Behavioural Medicine. Edited by: Debra F. Horwitz and Daniel S. Mills

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