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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Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February and July

Full time: 12 months (1 day on campus per week)

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

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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


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.


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

Government Subsidised ConcessionsGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$384$1,920$6,720
Service Fee$160$160$160
Core Skills Support Fee$80$80$80
Material Fee$600$600$600
Retain Course Items$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$1,224$2,760$7,560
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$1,224$2,760$7,560

* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, 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).

Student tuition & materials fees published are indicative, and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are at 2020 rates 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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