Diploma Of Veterinary Nursing

Diploma Of Veterinary Nursing

Course Code
Food & Fibre
Study Area(s)
Veterinary Nursing
Course Length
Full-time(1 year)
Part-time(2 years)

Start Date(s): We offer rolling enrolments. Enrol at any time.
End Date(s): We offer rolling enrolments. Enrol at any time.
Days and Time: TBC

Course Overview

Are you a qualified Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse and looking to further your career in the veterinary field? The Diploma of Veterinary Nursing qualification reflects the role of a senior veterinary nurse who works under the supervision of a registered veterinarian. In this role, you can provide leadership to staff and advanced nursing care for animals. You will also be skilled to be able to apply specialist and in-depth knowledge to patient assessment, care and management within a veterinary workplace.

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.

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Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
ACMSUS401Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices (ACMSUS401)40
ACMVET508Support veterinary practice communication and professional development (ACMVET508)100
ACMWHS501Manage workplace health and safety processes (ACMWHS501)80
BSBCUS501Manage Quality Customer Service (BSBCUS501)40
BSBWOR502Lead and manage team effectiveness (BSBWOR502)60
TAEDEL402Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace (TAEDEL402)25


Module CodeModule TitleNominal Hours
ACMVET509Manage veterinary nursing procedures (ACMVET509)70
ACMVET510Apply veterinary nursing pathophysiology (ACMVET510)150
ACMVET511Apply principles of animal behaviour (ACMVET511)180

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.

What will I study?

You will study 8 core units: 

  • Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Manage veterinary nursing procedures,
  • Apply veterinary pathophysiology
  • Apply principles of animal behaviour
  • Manage workplace health and safety processes
  • Manage quality customer service
  • Ensure team effectiveness,
  • Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace.


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!

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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 2021 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. 

2021 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 2021: $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
745 745 $5.50 $1.10 $12.78

^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 2021. 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.

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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?

Entrants into ACM50219 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing are required to hold the 19 Core Units from the ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, or equivalent qualification.

Candidates undertaking study for this Qualification require extensive vocational expertise and should expect that access through paid employment within a veterinary practice will be essential for meeting assessment requirements of some Units.

The Diploma of Veterinary Nursing requires access and regular exposure to patients, clients, consults, medical and surgical cases, veterinary staff, nursing, reception and administrative duties, practice policies, procedures, retail and customer service experiences

Where and how can I study?

You will study though a combination of, workplace based learning and assessment and on campus workshops.

What employment opportunities will I have?

This course may lead to employment  in veterinary practices as

  • Veterinary Nursing Manager

  • Head Veterinary Nurse

What skills will I have when I complete this course?

You will gain employability skills including Communication,  Teamwork, Problem-solving, Initiative and enterprise, Planning and organising, Self-management and Technology

What qualifications will I receive?

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (ACM50219). As part of the Australian Qualifications Framework this program is nationally recognised.

What opportunities for further studies will I have?

This course will lead to higher level studies at university level.

How do I apply?

To apply for this course, click on the yellow Apply Here button at the top of the page

How will I be selected for this course?

All applicants will be interviewed by our teachers to assess their suitability for the course.

Also you will need to have access to employment within a veterinary practice.