Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Duration (incl. holidays) 40 weeks
Teaching Duration34 weeks
(2 Semesters is 1 academic year)
CRICOS Code080465D
National CodeACM40412
Course TypeTraining Package Qualification
Course UnitsView Units
Example Career ProfileVeterinary NurseVeterinary Nurse
FacultiesPrimary Industries and Science,  Veterinary and Applied Science Centre
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 CampusApplication Study Mode Approx.Contact Hours per Week Commences
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    Course Admission Requirements (for International Applications)

    • Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum of 6.0 in listening and speaking, and 5.5 in reading and writing or equivalent
    • Satisfactory completion of Year 11 or overseas equivalent.

    Work Placement Duration:  336 hours

    This placement is unpaid. In the 1st semester of study, the placement will be 2 weeks full time then 1 day per week for 10 weeks. In the 2nd semester of study, the placement will be 2 weeks full time then 1 day per week for 15 weeks.

    How to Apply

    International Course - application process

    If you are applying from onshore, generally, you will need to apply for an international course to TAFE South Australia at least two months before you want to start your studies in Australia. If you are applying from offshore it is highly recommended that you apply at least four months in advance.

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    Note: You must be an International resident to apply for this course. For Australian residents please visit TAFE SA Courses.

    Employment Outcomes

    There are a many prospects available for graduates in these areas including the opportunity to work in veterinary practices, pet shops, boarding kennels, animal welfare organisations, and in the biomedical area. The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is the national qualification for Veterinary Nurses. The Diploma of Animal Technology provides graduates with opportunities to work in biotechnical research and production, teaching facilities, zoos and wildlife parks.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (ACM40412)
    This course provides you with the knowledge and skills to work effectively across all aspects of general veterinary practice. 19 core units plus 4 electives.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full Qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    Credit Transfer

    You will only receive a joint offer for TAFE SA and University if you apply for a Packaged University Program. If the University course that you have selected is not part of a Packaged University Offers, you will need to apply separately to the University for your selected degree program.

    Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses.

    Find other TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

    Credit Gained
    UniversityUniversity CoursePointsTime Equiv.Details
    University of AdelaideBachelor of Science (Animal Science)6 points  Details


    These course fees are for international students only.

    Tuition FeesIncidental Fees
    Semester 1AUD $7750-
    Semester 2AUD $7750-
    Fee TotalsAUD $15500-
    Total Course CostAUD $15500

    Note: TAFE SA does not commit to any fees shown. Charges vary between courses and subjects and are based on a rate per hour. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    Overseas Student Health Cover

    All overseas students are required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Student Health Cover.

    Additional Services

    TAFE SA International offers an optional Arrival & Pick up and/or Accommodation Service. For further details please contact us.

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