Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing


Course Code
Food and Fibre
Study Area(s)
Veterinary Nursing
Course Length
Full-time(2 years)

Start Date(s): 15 July 2019
End Date(s): December 2019
Days and Time: 2 days per week

Course Overview

This industry qualification for people operating as veterinary nurses within veterinary clinics. Candidates should expect that access to a veterinary clinic whilst undertaking study for this qualification will be essential for meeting assessment requirements. Access may be through either paid employment or substantial periods of work placement or work experience blocks. Candidates undertaking equine elective units will require access to work experience and/or employment within an equine veterinary clinic or hospital.

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Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
ACMGAS202AParticipate in workplace communications20
ACMGAS204AFeed and water animals40
ACMGAS205AAssist in health care of animals40
ACMGAS208ASource information for animal care needs40
ACMINF301AComply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work60
ACMVET201ACarry out veterinary nursing reception duties30
ACMVET202ACarry out daily clinic routines40
ACMVET203AAssist with surgery preparation40
ACMVET401ACoordinate patient admission and discharge40
ACMVET402AApply imaging routines80
ACMVET403APerform clinic pathology procedures70
ACMVET404APerform clinic office procedures30
ACMVET405ACarry out surgical nursing routines80
ACMVET406ANurse animals80
ACMVET407ACarry out medical nursing routines40
ACMVET408ACoordinate and perform theatre routines40
ACMVET409AProvide specific animal care advice120
ACMVET410ACarry out veterinary dental nursing procedures40
ACMWHS301AContribute to workplace health and safety processes50


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
ACMMIC401AImplant microchip in cats and dogs20
ACMSPE302AProvide basic care of birds40
ACMSPE303AProvide basic care of common native mammals40
ACMSPE304AProvide basic care of dogs40
ACMSPE305AProvide basic care of domestic cats40
ACMSPE310AProvide basic care of mammals40
ACMSPE312AProvide basic care of rodents and rabbits40
ACMSUS301AImplement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices40

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required by the course. Assessment may include written, oral or practical assessment methods. You will know in advance about the type of assessment and how it will operate. There is the opportunity for reassessment and appeal and you will be given this information. Will include work placement.

What will I study?

See the list of modules.

For course information, please call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or fill our enquiry form.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

The fees listed below relate to 2019 courses and are indicative pricing only as total costs vary depending on the units you elect to study.

Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

Payment plans are available. Click here to find out more.
Course availability is subject to enrolment numbers.

Your total course fee will typically include your tuition fee (table 1), any applicable consumables and/or material fees (table 2) and non-tuition fees such as student support fees (table 3).

Table 1

Enrolment type
Government Subsidised
Indicative total tuition fee#
Indicative total tuition fee#
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Full Fee
Indicative total tuition fee#

Table 2

Average course
material fees*


Average course
consumable fees*

# The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
* Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student.

Click here to view maximum tuition fees. We strongly urge you to contact us for a more exact calculation of your fees. Additional fees may apply such as the Student Support Fee. 

2019 Student Services Fee (Table 3)

 Type of cohort:

Eligible full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Non eligible/FFS  full fee paying student (more than 125 SC hours) Special cohort classes:
  • Concession card holders
  • Apprentices
  • Trainees
  • Work based students (100% off campus delivery)
  • Full online delivery (100% off campus delivery)
Any students studying less than 125 hours in the full year
Domestic student services fees for 2019: $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $0.40 per student contact hour. $60 min total to $200 max total $60 fixed fee None


The following fee categories are exempt from the SSF -
ASH: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Concession
ASZ: Asylum Seeker Or Victim Of Human Trafficking Non-concession
X: Community-based Orders/Judy Lazarus Transition Centre
OZ: International Student
M: Prisoner
YTC: Young People Transitioning From Care – Concession
YTN: Young People Transitioning From Care - No Concession
Short courses

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
1270 1270 $3.50 $0.70 $12.60

^This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the total duration of the course. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student.

*This is based on the maximum number of student contact hours for the calendar year of 2019. Hours may vary depending on electives chosen by the student. If you have to undertake training as part of Skills Recognition, your tuition fees are charged according to the applicable rate per Student Contact Hour depending on your eligibility for government subsidised, concession or full fees.

For more information about our fees structure, click here.

What costs and other fees should I expect?

Contact the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or enquiries@kangan.edu.au for a fee schedule. There may be extra costs for reference books, protective clothing or specialised materials.

Can I apply?

It is expected that you will have achieved the Certificate II in Animal Studies (ACM20110) or vocational training and/or work experience related to veterinary nursing.

It is recommended that you have satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills to undertake this course

Where and how can I study?

You will study at the Broadmeadows campus. This course is a 2 year full time course (including work placement)

What employment opportunities will I have?

This course may lead to employment in the animal care industry.

Job role titles covered by this qualification may include:

  • Veterinary nurse.

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

You will gain skills in Animal Care Management, reception duties, communication, basic animal care, hygiene, animal welfare, nutrition, Occupational Health and Safety, team work, animal handling.

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (ACM40412). As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

After achieving this Qualification candidates may undertake:

  • Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) (ACM50212)
  • Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Dental) (ACM50312)
  • Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Emergency and Critical Care) (ACM50412)
  • Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice) (ACM50512)

How do I apply?

To apply for this course you must fill in a direct application form which can be obtained from the institute by calling the Contact Centre on 13 TAFE (13 8233) or email enquiries@kangan.edu.au. This course may also have a mid-year intake.

How will I be selected for this course?

You will be interviewed by our teachers to assess your suitability for the course.