Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

National Code: ACM40412
TAFE SA Code: TP00542


This course provides you with the knowledge and skills to work effectively across all aspects of general veterinary practice.

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Up to 12 months 

Full Time

Veterinary Nurse Veterinary Nurse

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Course Admission Requirements

  • You must be currently working in a veterinary practice which includes access to small companion animals for no less than 15 hours per week and will be required to provide evidence of this before an offer is made.
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
$2,337 - $2,604
$4,674 - $5,207
$1,568 - $1,746
$3,135 - $3,493

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee
$4,817 - $5,366
$9,633 - $10,732

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. This course also has an incidentals cost of $150.00 for Scrub top, black pants, name badge and black closed in shoes.

    • Workplace Training applicants will be contacted by TAFE SA to verify employment status before offers are made. To access subsidised training you will be required to undertake the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA).
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Job titles include Veterinary Nurse.

    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 qualification provides skills in feeding and watering animals, infection control, reception duties, daily clinic routines, surgery preparation, admission and discharge, imaging, pathology, medical nursing and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 19 core units and 4 elective units.

    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.

  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply imaging routines 80
    Assist in health care of animals 40
    Assist with surgery preparation 40
    Carry out daily clinic routines 40
    Carry out medical nursing routines 40
    Carry out surgical nursing routines 80
    Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures 40
    Carry out veterinary nursing reception duties 30
    Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work 60
    Contribute to workplace health and safety processes 50
    Coordinate and perform theatre routines 40
    Coordinate patient admission and discharge 40
    Feed and water animals 40
    Nurse animals 80
    Participate in workplace communications 20
    Perform clinic office procedures 30
    Perform clinic pathology procedures 70
    Provide specific animal care advice 120
    Source information for animal care needs 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Provide basic care of common native mammals 40
    Provide basic care of dogs 40
    Provide basic care of domestic cats 40
    Provide training advice to companion animal owners 60
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