About the course

About the course

Kick start your career in animal healthcare by completing this animal studies course that specialises in Veterinary Nurse Skills.

This course is an excellent way to fast track your veterinary nursing career as it is a prerequisite for the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. 

In this course you will aquire knowledge in areas such as veterinary reception duties, veterinary clinical routines, nutrition, infection control, patient husbandry, and observing and ensuring animal safety and wellbeing. Students in this course gain practical experience working hands on with a variety of animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, and mice.

You will learn from knowledgeable teaching staff who are all current veterinary industry professionals.


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Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February and July

Two options are available:

  • Full time: 12 months (1 day per week)
  • Full time: 6 months (2 days per week)

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery. Blended learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Blended learning also involves face-to-face attendance at classes or practical placements.

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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:

  • student veterinary nurse (in training)
  • animal assistant
  • shelter or welfare attendant
  • 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


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.


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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 6 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

Government Subsidised ConcessionGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$398$1,992$6,792
Service Fee$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83
Material Fee$432$432$432
Retain Course Items$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$1,079$2,673$7,473
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$1,079$2,673$7,473

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2021 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

Completion of 12 units (including 7 core and 5 electives).

  • 12 month duration
    • 1 day per week of classes
    • Complete units in the following topics:
      • Workplace health and safety
      • Infection control and hygiene
      • Communication
      • Veterinary reception
      • Veterinary clinic routines
      • Nutrition
      • Sustainability
      • Monitoring health
      • Caring for dogs, rabbits, and rodents
      • and Providing Enrichment (Elgar campus only) or;
      • Hydrobathing (Lilydale campus only)
  • 6 month duration
    • 2 days per week of classes
    • Complete units in the following topics:
      • Workplace health and safety
      • Infection control and hygiene
      • Communication in the veterinary industry
      • Veterinary reception
      • Veterinary clinic routines
      • Nutrition
      • Sustainability
      • Monitoring health
      • Providing Enrichment
      • Caring for mammals
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