If you have a passion to nurse sick pets back to health, our veterinary nursing course provides you with comprehensive training in all aspects of the profession.

You can study either as an on-campus student or as a trainee from within a veterinary clinic. As an on-campus student, our veterinary nursing course includes a combination of classroom learning and practical rotations through the Pets on Elgar veterinary clinic. If you are in paid employment you can complete our course online with support from our teachers.

During our veterinary nursing course you’ll learn how to:

  • provide safe and effective animal care
  • comply with infection control
  • assist with surgical and anaesthetic procedures
  • maintain equipment
  • perform veterinary reception duties and general administrative tasks
  • conduct clinical pathology procedures and imaging routines

You will also gain skills in:

  • patient admissions and discharges
  • coordination of veterinary consults and theatre routines
  • how to advise clients about nutrition, animal care, grooming and parasite control products

Studentsof our veterinary nurse course can apply for a scholarship to undertake the UK Animal Studies Tour which provides the exciting opportunity to go behind the scenes at world-class veterinary clinics and other animal care facilities.

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Please note: This training package will change in the near future and minor alterations to the course will occur.




National Code ACM40412
Study Areas Veterinary Nursing
Study Level Traineeship
Study Type Local
Study Mode

Full time: 2 years,

Flexible delivery (off campus): 3 years,

Course Type Traineeship
Campuses Box Hill, Workplace

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $2,220.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $444.00
Full Tuition Fee $8,220.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $630.00
Retain Course Items*** $60.00


* 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.

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

February (now closed) 

A second intake for this year is to be confirmed, as the course is in transition. Please contact Box Hill Institute for more information. 

Flexible delivery (off campus): rolling enrolment throughout the year, however conditions apply.

On campus: full time 2 years

Flexible delivery (off campus): typically 3 years (the time taken to complete this course will vary depending on your input)

Box Hill, Workplace

On campus studies: you must have a minimum of 15 hours per week of voluntary or paid employment (off campus applicants must have paid employment) as a nurse in a veterinary clinic. You must also hold a certificate II or certificate III in animal studies or an equivelant qualification before you can apply for this course. 

Blended: 3 years (typically). You must also attend a minimum of 4 full days practical workshops at Box Hill Institute per full time study load throughout the year.

Traineeship applicants must have 

  • Year 12 completion (highly recommended)
  • a minimum of 15 hours of paid work per week as a nurse in a veterinary clinic

TRAINEESHIP ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 

To apply for this course, you must also be registered with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider and have a training contract with an employer. 

We can provide information and support on how to apply for a traineeship with an employer listed by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider. Contact the Skills & Jobs Centre on (03) 8892 1350 or email sajc.elgar@boxhill.edu.au.

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.

After successful completion, you can apply for entry into the Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice) at Box Hill Institute.

 

 

Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 4

All applicants must either be employed or volunteer for a minimum of 15 hours per week as a nurse in veterinary practice.

Qualified veterinary nurses in private practice and the animal industry have healthy employment prospects. For more information, download our How Can I Get a Job as a Veterinary Nurse guide.

Academic Associate Program
Academic Associates are employers who work with Box Hill Institute to provide our students with opportunities for practical work placement in the industry.

The Academic Associate Program also provides employers and students with discounts on course material fees and opportunities to participate in assessment validation, industry reference groups and continuous improvement of our training programs.

You will complete 19 core and 4 elective units.

Equine electives are only available to nurses with relevant employment in an equine practice.

Core

Code

Title

Hours

ACMINF301A COMPLY WITH INFECTION CONTROL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES IN ANIMAL WORK 60.0

This unit of competency covers the process required to comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care workplaces and relevant field locations. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

ACMWHS301A CONTRIBUTE TO WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCESSES 50.0

This Unit of Competency covers the process required by an employee to contribute to workplace health and safety processes where there is responsibility for own work outputs and possibly limited responsibility for the work output of others.

ACMGAS202A PARTICIPATE IN WORKPLACE COMMUNICATIONS 20.0

This unit of competency covers the process of effectively participating in workplace communications in an animal care and management environment. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

ACMGAS205A ASSIST IN HEALTH CARE OF ANIMALS 40.0

This unit of competency covers the process of providing assistance to experienced staff in the capture, restraint and assessment of animals and the preparation, application and documentation of treatments. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

ACMGAS204A FEED AND WATER ANIMALS 40.0

This unit of competency covers the process of preparing, presenting and distributing food and water for animals under supervision and according to workplace diet requirements. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

ACMGAS208A SOURCE INFORMATION FOR ANIMAL CARE NEEDS 40.0

This unit of competency covers the processes required to gather information on medications and services for animals and relate these to individual animal requirements and audience needs.

ACMVET201A CARRY OUT VETERINARY NURSING RECEPTION DUTIES 30.0

This unit of competency covers the process of compiling patient (animal) and client (animal owner) histories, maintaining records and consulting the veterinarian as required. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

ACMVET409A PROVIDE SPECIFIC ANIMAL CARE ADVICE 120.0

This unit of competency covers the process of providing advice to clients (owners) about animal care, nutrition, behaviour and products. All advice must be provided in a competent manner and in accordance with clinic policies and procedures. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit. Therefore, it will be necessary to check with the relevant state or territory regulators for current licensing, legislative or regulatory requirements before undertaking this unit.

ACMVET202A CARRY OUT DAILY CLINIC ROUTINES 40.0

This unit of competency covers the process of treating patients (animals) on a daily basis, maintaining clinic hygiene and assisting with inventory and clinic security. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit. Therefore, it will be necessary to check with the relevant state or territory regulators for current licensing, legislative or regulatory requirements before undertaking this unit.

ACMVET402A APPLY IMAGING ROUTINES 80.0

This unit of competency covers the process of implementing and completing imaging routines, in accordance with established industry sequences and clinic policies and procedures, and follow specific instructions from the veterinarian. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit. Therefore, it will be necessary to check with the relevant state or territory regulators for current licensing, legislative or regulatory requirements before undertaking this unit.

ACMVET401A COORDINATE PATIENT ADMISSION AND DISCHARGE 40.0

This unit of competency covers the process of coordinating patient admission and discharge. It also includes providing initial veterinary nursing care to patients (animals) and grief support to clients (animal owners). Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit. Therefore, it will be necessary to check with the relevant state or territory regulators for current licensing, legislative or regulatory requirements before undertaking this unit.

ACMVET203A ASSIST WITH SURGERY PREPARATION 40.0

This unit of competency covers the process of assisting with the preparation of patients (animals) and the theatre for surgery, providing pre- and post-operative patient care and cleaning surgical and theatre equipment in a veterinary clinic. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit. Therefore, it will be necessary to check with the relevant state or territory regulators for current licensing, legislative or regulatory requirements before undertaking this unit.

ACMVET404A PERFORM CLINIC OFFICE PROCEDURES 30.0

This unit of competency covers the process of maintaining veterinary supplies, controlling stock, maintaining clinic accounts and preparing and processing clinic correspondence. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit. Therefore, it will be necessary to check with the relevant state or territory regulators for current licensing, legislative or regulatory requirements before undertaking this unit.

ACMVET405A CARRY OUT SURGICAL NURSING ROUTINES 80.0

This unit of competency covers the process of preparing the surgical environment and providing total support for the surgeon. The unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare for, and provide support during and after, routine and non-routine surgical procedures, including monitoring patients while they are under anaesthesia. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit. Therefore, it will be necessary to check with the relevant state or territory regulators for current licensing, legislative or regulatory requirements before undertaking this unit.

ACMVET408A COORDINATE AND PERFORM THEATRE ROUTINES 40.0

This unit of competency covers the process of preparing, cleaning and maintaining theatre and equipment as well as preparing personnel for the performance of surgical procedures. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit. Therefore, it will be necessary to check with the relevant state or territory regulators for current licensing, legislative or regulatory requirements before undertaking this unit.

ACMVET410A CARRY OUT VETERINARY DENTAL NURSING PROCEDURES 40.0

This unit of competency covers the processes of performing a dental prophylaxis and assisting with simple extractions. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit. Therefore, it will be necessary to check with the relevant state or territory regulators for current licensing, legislative or regulatory requirements before undertaking this unit.

ACMVET403A PERFORM CLINIC PATHOLOGY PROCEDURES 70.0

This unit of competency covers the process of collecting biological samples and performing pathology procedures. The integrity of the sample must be maintained in accordance with veterinarian instructions when conducting clinic examinations and in preparing consignments to diagnostic laboratories. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit. Therefore, it will be necessary to check with the relevant state or territory regulators for current licensing, legislative or regulatory requirements before undertaking this unit.

ACMVET406A NURSE ANIMALS 80.0

This unit of competency covers the process of providing high quality nursing care for all patients (animals) treated or housed at the clinic. It includes providing advice to clients (owners), monitoring animals and providing animal first aid as required. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit. Therefore, it will be necessary to check with the relevant state or territory regulators for current licensing, legislative or regulatory requirements before undertaking this unit.

ACMVET407A CARRY OUT MEDICAL NURSING ROUTINES 40.0

This unit of competency covers the process of providing the skills to implement medical nursing routines, including the preparation and handling of patients (animals) and equipment for specific routines. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit. Therefore, it will be necessary to check with the relevant state or territory regulators for current licensing, legislative or regulatory requirements before undertaking this unit.

Electives

Code

Title

Hours

ACMSPE304A PROVIDE BASIC CARE OF DOGS 40.0

This unit of competency covers the process of identifying dogs and their behavioural and physical needs, providing daily care requirements, assisting with behavioural requirements and basic preventative health measures.

ACMGAS302A PROVIDE ENRICHMENT FOR ANIMALS 40.0

This unit of competency covers the process of providing behavioural management and enrichment to stimulate, replenish and maintain appropriate behavioural patterns of animals.

ACMGAS303A PLAN FOR AND PROVIDE NUTRITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ANIMALS 60.0

This unit of competency covers the process of calculating rations based on animal species needs and availability of feedstuffs.

ACMVET411A PREPARE, DELIVER AND REVIEW ANIMAL CARE EDUCATION PROGRAMS 50.0

This unit of competency covers the process of actively participating in the preparation and review of animal care education programs and their implementation within the community at large. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit. Therefore, it will be necessary to check with the relevant state or territory regulators for current licensing, legislative or regulatory requirements before undertaking this unit.

ACMMIC401A IMPLANT MICROCHIP IN CATS AND DOGS 20.0

This unit of competency covers the process of competently and aseptically performing microchip implantation procedures on cats and dogs, with minimum discomfort to the animal, for identification and traceability purposes. Delivery and assessment of this unit must comply with the relevant state or territory legislation and regulations which may stipulate pre-entry requirements to be able to undertake this unit. This unit also requires the use of animals for educational activities and delivery and must comply with the requirements of relevant state or territory legislation. Therefore, it will be necessary to check with the relevant state or territory regulators for current licensing, legislative or regulatory requirements before undertaking this unit.

ACMVET413A DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT SPECIFIC CLINIC POLICIES 40.0

This unit of competency covers the process of developing and implementing specific clinic policies and communicating them to clinic personnel to ensure the sound management of the business. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit. Therefore, it will be necessary to check with the relevant state or territory regulators for current licensing, legislative or regulatory requirements before undertaking this unit.

ACMVET412A COORDINATE CLINIC PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES 50.0

This unit of competency covers the process of managing the promotion of the clinic within the community through contact with individuals and mass media activities. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements may apply to this unit. Therefore, it will be necessary to check with the relevant state or territory regulators for current licensing, legislative or regulatory requirements before undertaking this unit.


Last updated: July 12, 2019 02:10pm