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 some practical workshops each term on campus, with support from our teachers.
You will need to have 15 hours per week of paid or voluntary work placement in a veterinary clinic from before you apply and for the duration of your enrollment in this course.
During our veterinary nursing course you’ll learn how to:
You will also gain skills in:
Students of 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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31 Mar 2020 at 12:00AM AEST
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January and July 2020
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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)
For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page.
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.
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.
This 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.
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 Veterinary 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. To check if you hold an eligible Certificate, please contact us.
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
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.
Recognition of Prior Learning is available.
After successful completion of this certificate, you can apply for entry into the Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice) at Box Hill Institute.
This course is government accredited and has national recognition
The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 4
This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments
|Government Subsidised Concessions||Government Subsidised Standard||Full Fee|
|Core Skills Support Fee||$80||$80||$80|
|Retain Course Items||$60||$60||$60|
|Total Course Estimate||$2,704||$6,538||$18,986|
|Payable Estimate (at commencement)||$1,392||$3,240||$9,240|
You will complete 17 core and 4 elective units.
Equine electives are only available to nurses with relevant employment in an equine practice. Please contact us if you would like more information about this before applying.
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