About the course

About the course

If you want to play an important role in animal health care, a great way to get started is with our animal studies course specialising in veterinary nurse skills.

Through a combination of classroom learning, practical classes, and excursions to Myuna Farm, Dandelion Rabbit Retreat and the Dog Lover's show, you will gain the skills and knowledge pathway to a career as veterinary nurse in the animal care industry.

Areas of study include:

  • animal handling
  • nutrition
  • infection control
  • veterinary reception duties
  • hydro bathing or animal enrichment
  • safety and sustainability at work
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Intake Dates & Course Length


February at both Elgar and Lilydale campuses
July at Lilydale campus

Full time: 12 months (for semester 1 2019 intake, one day per week)

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Career Outcomes


After successful completion of our animal studies course specialising in veterinary nurse skills you can apply for a range of professional animal care roles including:

  • veterinary nurse (in training)
  • shelter or welfareattendant
  • pet shop retail attendant
  • boarding kennel or cattery attendant
  • pet groomer
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Entry Requirements


There are no formal entry requirements for this course

PRE-TRAINING REVIEW

To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.

Applying


Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation


You may wish to use your course qualification to apply for placement as a veterinary nurse and enrol into the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. You can be credited with up to 3 core units and 4 elective units in the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. 

Your other study options include the Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services, a Diploma of Animal Technology or a university degree.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3

Fees & Finance Options


This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $1,848.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $370.00
Full Tuition Fee $6,648.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities*$155.00
Core Skills Support**$75.00
Annual Material Fees$600.00
Retain Course Items***No fee applies
* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.
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