QUALIFICATION

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing


National Code: ACM40418
TAFE SA Code: TP01154


Description

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.

Duration
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Up to 18 months 

Full Time

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In response to COVID-19, TAFE SA has had to make some changes to how courses are delivered. If any changes are made to the delivery of your course, TAFE SA will communicate with you directly.

Locations & Applications

Campus / Location
Code
Study Mode
Study Load
Scheduled

Course Admission Requirements

any one of:

  • Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • Certificate III or higher level qualification in an animal science discipline
  • Equivalent skills and knowledge in a relevant animal science discipline to a Certificate II level or higher
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
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.
Campus / Location
Code
Study Mode
Study Load
Scheduled


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 of paid employment 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 18 month course
Subsidised
$1,923
$5,769
Concession
$1,297
$3,892

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
$3,962
$11,885

This course also has an incidentals cost of $150.00 for Scrub top, black pants, name badge and black closed in shoes.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • Existing worker applicants will be contacted by TAFE SA to verify employment status before offers are made.
    • REGIONAL - For existing workers wishing to complete this qualification outside the Adelaide Metropolitan area.
    • METROPOLITAN - Existing worker applicants in the metropolitan area will attend campus one day per week.
    • TAFE SA will contact all other applicants who do not have a Certificate II or higher in a relevant area to verify equivalent skills and knowledge.
    • Students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills.
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • 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 (ACM40418)
    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. This course requires access to patients (animals), clients, medical and surgical cases, veterinary staff, and practice policies and procedures. To achieve this qualification, you must have completed at least 240 hours of work placement. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 17 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.

    88%*
    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    85%*
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.



    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • 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 www.training.gov.au.

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

    Core

    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply imaging routines 90
    Assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisons 60
    Carry out daily practice routines 40
    Carry out medical nursing routines 80
    Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures 90
    Communicate effectively with clients and team members 30
    Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work 60
    Contribute to workplace health and safety processes 50
    Coordinate and perform surgical nursing routines 120
    Coordinate veterinary reception duties 70
    Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work 100
    Nurse animals 120
    Perform clinical pathology procedures 70
    Perform practice office procedures 40
    Prepare for anaesthesia and monitor animal anaesthesia and analgesia 50
    Provide nutritional advice and support for animals 70
    Provide Specific Animal Care Advice 90

    Elective

    Name Nominal Hours
    Provide basic care of birds 40
    Provide basic care of common native mammals 40
    Provide basic care of domestic cats 40
    Provide Basic Care of Domestic Dogs 40
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