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ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Nationally recognised trainingLearn how to provide expert veterinary nursing care and advance your career

Course Overview

This nationally recognised qualification is for students who wish to develop proficiency in providing expert veterinary nursing care for animals and professional support for their owners. You will develop personal and professional skills that are recognised and in demand by employers. ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is not only a nationally recognised qualification but also globally recognised.

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing




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The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is a very comprehensive course for students who want to understand the principles of good veterinary nursing. The course materials lead us to think how and why we do things. I have decided to enroll the Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (General Practice) because I really want to excel in the profession.

Chiu April, Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing Graduate 

Course Delivery Information

ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is a nationally recognised course that provides training in practical and technical skills relevant to the care and nursing of animals, and the underpinning knowledge required to apply those skills in a variety of workplace situations.

The course begins with animal care basics such as safety, communication and how animals work. You then move onto more advanced studies including client care, surgical nursing, medical nursing, radiography, pathology, anaesthesia, dentistry and reproduction.

ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is 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. Extensive support materials (videos, lessons, journal articles and book chapters) are included to view/download. Upon successful completion of all course requirements, you will be awarded a Certifiate of Completion and an Academic Transcript which documents your individual outcomes.

You will be assigned to a Student Support Coordinator, who will be available for one on one student support. Your Student Support Coordinator will check in with you on a monthly basis, however will be available via email, phone or online text chat should you ever need help with your course. Learn more about the AIRC team.

Course Duration

ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing - 21 months.

Countries Offered

This course is available in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and Malaysia. If you are in a different country, please contact us to discuss availability.

Australian residents may be eligible for government funded traineeships. Further details, including eligibility criteria, can also be obtained from the Animal Industries Resource Centre.

Who is this suitable for?

This course is suitable for those who are working within a veterinary clinic and are wishing to gain a nationally recognised qualification as a Veterinary Nurse. As the course begins with animal care basics, you do not need to have any previous experience within the industry.

Veterinary nurses wanting to update their skills can also enroll into individual units and complete them via distance education.

Entry Requirements

To enrol in Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, students are required to be working as a veterinary nurse for a minimum of 8 hours per week in paid employment. Employment must be maintained for the duration of the course. If the student changes workplaces, a “Change of details” form is available online, on the course website.

The pre-requisites for this course include:

  • Have completed Year 10 or be a mature aged student
  • Minimum of 8 hours paid work per week in a Veterinary Facility
  • Have one of the following:
    • Certificate II in Animal Studies
    • Equivalent skills and knowledge to the Certificate II in Animal Studies
    • A relevant Certificate III or higher qualification in an animal science discipline

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

Units of Study

A total of twenty one (21) Units of Competency must be achieved.
Complete all seventeen (17) Core Units and four (4) Elective Units.

ACMGAS307 Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work [Core unit]

  • Learn to identify animal anatomy and physiological functions of animals.

ACMGAS308 Communicate effectively with clients and team members [Core unit]

  • Learn the skills and knowledge required to communicate effectively with clients, a supervisor, team members and industry representatives.

ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work [Core unit]

  • Covers how to comply with biosecurity and infection control policies and procedures in animal care workplaces and relevant field locations.

ACMVET202 Carry out daily practice routines [Core unit]

  • Develop the skills and knowledge required to assist in providing treatments for patients (animals) on a daily basis, to maintain practice hygiene and assist with inventory and practice security.

ACMVET401 Coordinate veterinary reception duties [Core unit]

  • Learn to coordinate and undertake patient admission and discharge, provide initial veterinary nursing care to patients (animals) and grief support to clients (animal owners).

ACMVET402 Apply imaging routines [Core unit]

  • Covers how to implement and complete imaging routines, including x-rays, ultrasound and endoscopes.

ACMVET403 Perform clinical pathology procedures [Core unit]

  • Learn how to collect biological samples and perform pathology procedures, including maintaining the integrity of samples and preparing consignments for diagnostic laboratories.

ACMVET404 Perform practice office procedures [Core unit]

  • Covers performing office procedures in a veterinary practice, including maintaining veterinary supplies, controlling stock, maintaining practice accounts, generating and responding to practice correspondence.

ACMVET405 Coordinate and perform surgical nursing routines [Core unit]

  • Learn to coordinate surgery schedules, prepare the surgical environment and provide support for the veterinary surgeon, including before, during and after routine and non-routine surgical procedures and monitoring patients (animals) while they are under anaesthesia.

ACMVET406 Nurse animals [Core unit]

  • Develop the skills and knowledge required to provide high quality nursing care for patients (animals) treated or housed in a veterinary practice. It includes providing advice to clients (animal owners), monitoring animals and providing animal first aid as required.

ACMVET407 Carry out medical nursing routines [Core unit]

  • Develop the skills and knowledge required to implement medical nursing routines, including the preparation and handling of patients (animals) and equipment for specific routines.

ACMVET408 Provide nutritional advice and support for animals [Core unit]

  • Covers the skills and knowledge to provide advice to animal owners about the nutritional requirements of specific animals, and support nutritional needs of hospitalised patients across a range of medical and surgical conditions.

ACMVET409 Provide specific animal care advice [Core unit]

  • Learn how to provide advice to clients (animal owners) about animal health, behaviour, disease and reproduction.

ACMVET410 Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures [Core unit]

  • Develop the skills and knowledge required to perform dental prophylaxis and assist with simple extractions. Dental prophylaxis involves oral examinations of the conscious and anaesthetised patient, sub- and supra-gingival tooth scaling and polishing, and the subsequent development of a homecare plan, as well as assisting in the performance of simple dental extractions.

ACMVET413 Prepare for anaesthesia and monitor animal anaesthesia and analgesia [Core unit]

  • Covers how to prepare for and monitor anaesthesia and analgesics in animals for surgical and medical procedures.

ACMVET416 Assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisons [Core unit]

  • Learn about how to prepare and assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisons in a veterinary practice.

ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes [Core unit]

  • Develop the skills and knowledge required to plan, support and contribute to work health and safety processes in an animal care environment.

ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs [Elective unit]

  • Learn how to identify dogs and their behavioural and physical needs, and provide daily care requirements.

ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats [Elective unit]

  • Learn how to identify cats and their behavioural and physical needs, and provide daily care requirements.

ACMCAS302 Provide advice on companion animal selection and general care [Elective unit]

  • Covers the skills and knowledge required to provide advice to clients on the appropriate selection of companion animals, and on their housing, nutritional and other general care requirements.

ACMMIC401 Implant microchip in cats and dogs [Elective unit]

  • Covers the skills and knowledge required to aseptically perform microchip implantation procedures on cats and dogs, with minimum discomfort to the animal, for identification and traceability purposes.
  • Important Due to each state holding unique legislation the AIRC currently only offers this unit to students in Australia at workplaces in QLD, NSW, VIC and SA.

ACMSPE302 Provide basic care of birds [Elective unit]

  • Covers the skills and knowledge required to identify birds and their behavioural and physical needs and provide daily care requirements.
  • Practical skills assessment for this unit requires a video submission

ACMSPE312 Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits [Elective unit]

  • Covers the skills and knowledge required to identify rodents and rabbits and their behavioural and physical needs, and provide daily care requirements.
  • Practical skills assessment for this unit requires a video submission

ACMSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices [Elective unit]

  • 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.
  • Important Recommended for students intending to study a Diploma of Veterinary Nursing in the future

ACMVET512 Develop and implement specific practice policies [Elective unit]

  • skills and knowledge required to develop, review, update and implement policies for specific practice needs and communicate them to practice personnel to ensure the sound management of the veterinary business.

ACMGAS302 Provide enrichment for animals [Elective unit]

  • This unit of competency covers the process of identifying birds and their behavioural and physical needs, providing daily care requirements, assisting with behavioural requirements and basic preventative health measures. NB this unit requires the student has regular access to bird species at their workplace.

Course Fees

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is A$6990 Australia-wide.

  • No hidden costs, e.g. for assignment resubmissions and deferrals.
  • Price may reduce if there are Credit Transfers from previous qualifications.
  • For international pricing which includes face-to-face assessments, please contact us directly.

Please contact the Animal Industries Resource Centre to have your individualised pricing evaluated.

Fees are payable by credit card, bank transfer, money order, bank cheque or personal cheque. Payment plans can be arranged to meet your personal needs. More info on Ezypay Payment Plans.

This course is eligible for Australian Government Traineeships or Incentives. For further information see our section on traineeships.

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Before you start...

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

ave a minimum of 8 hours per week of paid employment in a veterinary clinic

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

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