Work with animals in a range of industry settings

A TAFE SA course in veterinary nursing will prepare you for a career in a veterinary practics, pet shop, animal welfare organisation, boarding kennel or grooming establishment. Skills covered include animal first aid, capture, restraint and handling of various animals, clinical pathology laboratory procedures, assisting with surgery, and veterinary reception. Our animal studies courses cover laboratory technology, biotechnology, companion animals and wildlife.

Video: Veterinary Nursing

Rebecca wanted to work with animals ever since she was a child. She now works as a veterinary nurse and has completed the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at TAFE SA. Listen to Rebecca as she explains how TAFE SA helped her to follow her dreams.

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
* Eligibility criteria applies. See course details to check if you meet the requirements for funding.

The Veterinary and Applied Science Centre

The TAFE SA Veterinary and Applied Science Centre includes a fully functioning veterinary clinic with surgery and radiology suite, a pathology demonstration theatre with CCTV monitors, and facilities for animal holding and grooming.

TAFE SA Animal Ethics Committee 

TAFE SA has a legislative requirement to have an Animal Ethics Committee (AEC), as it uses animals for teaching purposes. The legislation (Animal Welfare Act 1985) is administered by the Department for Environment and Water, who issue the licenses as currently held by TAFE SA that enable animals to be used for teaching or research purposes in South Australia.  

The role of the Animal Ethics Committee is to ensure that all TAFE SA programs using animals for teaching purposes abide by The Act and operate in accordance with the Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes 2013 (administered by the Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council).