Certificate IV In Veterinary Nursing

Vet Nursing

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Course Code
Food & Fibre
Study Area(s)
JobTrainer, Traineeship, Free TAFE, Veterinary Nursing, Animal Studies
Course Length
Full-time(2 years, 2 days per )

Start Date(s): Rolling Enrolment (Trainees only)
End Date(s): Approx 24 months from commencement
Days and Time: By negotiation with Trainer (Work place)

Course Overview

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we have adapted our course delivery to encompass a combination of remote and flexible delivery methods. Our flexible model allows you to continue to study in a safe, guided and fully supported manner with continued access to all learning, personal and wellbeing supports. You will require access to the internet and a computer to undertake this course. Please contact our team for further information.

This qualification reflects the role of a veterinary nurse who works under the supervision of a registered veterinarian to provide nursing care to animals, to support veterinarians to carry out medical and surgical procedures, and to support clients to maintain health of animals. 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.

At Kangan Institute we provide students with the opportunity to experience a simulated work place where your will gain industry relevant skills. Our teachers have a broad range of industry skills that they bring to the classroom environment ensuring that students have relevant and current understanding of industry practices. To view our new Vet Clinic facilities click here..

You will gain skills in animal care management, reception duties, communication, basic animal care, infection control, animal welfare, nutrition, Occupational Health and Safety, pathology practices, medical nursing skills, radiology practices, anaesthetic monitoring skills, dental nursing.

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Practical Placement is a mandatory component of this course. Kangan Institute will make efforts to secure an appropriate placement. Due to the current environment and circumstances outside our control placements may be delayed. This may then impact the completion dates for this course and deferment of graduation. Before you can start your practical placement, you will need to provide the following compulsory requirements:

  • A valid Working with Children Check (Volunteer)
  • A satisfactory National Police Check – National Police checks are conducted via fit2work, (our students have a special discount for these).

If you are enrolling in this course as part of a Traineeship, you must have employment in the relevant industry before commencing the course.

Click here for course modules


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
ACMGAS307Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work (ACMGAS307)100
ACMGAS308Communicate effectively with clients and team members (ACMGAS308)30
ACMINF301Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work (ACMINF301)60
ACMVET202Carry out daily practice routines (ACMVET202)40
ACMVET401Coordinate veterinary reception duties (ACMVET401)70
ACMVET402Apply imaging routines (ACMVET402)90
ACMVET403Perform clinical pathology procedures (ACMVET403)70
ACMVET404Perform practice office procedures (ACMVET404)40
ACMVET405Coordinate and perform surgical nursing routines (ACMVET405)120
ACMVET406Nurse animals (ACMVET406)80
ACMVET407Carry out medical nursing routines (ACMVET407)70
ACMVET408Provide nutritional advice and support for animals (ACMVET408)90
ACMVET409Provide specific animal care advice (ACMVET409)90
ACMVET410Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures (ACMVET410)40
ACMVET413Prepare for anaesthesia and monitor animal anaesthesia and analgesia (ACMVET413)80
ACMVET416Assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisons (ACMVET416)60
ACMWHS301Contribute to workplace health and safety processes (ACMWHS301)50


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
ACMACR403Identify and respond to animal behaviour (ACMACR403)60
ACMCAN311Care for young animals (ACMCAN311)40
ACMMIC401Implant microchip in cats and dogs (ACMMIC401)20
ACMSPE303Provide basic care of common native mammals (ACMSPE303)40
ACMSPE312Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits (ACMSPE312)40

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed throughout the course, assessments may include written, oral or practical assessments. These assessments are designed to show that you have achieved the skills and knowledge required in order to achieve this qualification. Your teacher will provide you information on how you will be assessed for each unit. We use a online Learning Platform to communicate to students, distribute learning materials and assessment. Your assessment will be required to be submitted using our Online Platform also.

There is the opportunity for re-assessment and appeal, which you can discuss with your teacher.

There is a requirement as part of this course to undertake a min. of 240 hours of practical placement throughout the course.

What will I study?

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in:

  • 21 units of competency:
    • 17 core unit plus
    • 4 elective units.

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

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Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

You may be eligible for concession. Find out now!

To you check your eligibility click here.

Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.

The fees listed below relate to 2022 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).

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. 

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

student contact hours

Total hours^ Indicative hours* Government Subsidised $/SCH Indigenous Concession $/SCH Full fee $/SCH
1340 1340 $3.74 $0.75 $12.90

^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 2022. 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?

For further information refer to our "Fees" Tab within this section. If you would like to to discuss any government subsidies you may be eligible for, call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or contact us via our online enquiry form.

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 (ACM20117) or Certificate II in Animal Care (ACM20121) or higher. If you have not completed a qualification you will need a suitable level of vocational training and/or work experience related to veterinary nursing. As part of the application and enrolment process you will be required to meet with one of our teaching staff to undertake an interview to determine your suitability, career outcomes and work history.

It is recommended that you have satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills to undertake this course, which will be determine by undertaking a Literacy, language and numeracy online test.

As all of our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning and we use a online Learning Platform we recommend for all students undertaking the course that they have a suitable and stable internet connection, have access to a portable device ie laptop to be able to access classes, class and learning materials and upload assessments.

If you are enrolling in this course as part of a Traineeship, you must have employment in the relevant industry before commencing the course.

Where and how can I study?

Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

Any on campus activities including any practical classes will be based from our Broadmeadows Campus and class times are between 9am-4:30pm.

What employment opportunities will I have?

This course may lead to employment as a Veterinary Nurse.

If you are enrolling in this course as part of a traineeship, you must have employment in the relevant industry before commencing the course.

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

During your study you will learn about the following:

  • Animal care management
  • Reception duties
  • Communication
  • Basic animal care
  • Infection control
  • Animal welfare
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Pathology practices
  • Medical nursing skills
  • Radiology practices
  • Anaesthetic monitoring skills
  • Dental nursing. 

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the nationally recognised Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (ACM40418).

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

On completion of this course, you may chose to:

  • Work in industry or undertake further study in:
    • Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (ACM50219)

How do I apply?

To apply for this course, click the yellow 'Apply Here' button above

How will I be selected for this course?

All applicants for this course will complete an assessment to evaluate their language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills. This helps to ensure that you enrol in a course that is the right level of study for you.

You may also be required to have an interview with the teaching staff before completing your enrolment.