Advanced Certificate in Professional Veterinary Nursing (Clinical)

Do you love the hands on of nursing cases more than anything else?

Our Advanced Certificate in Professional Veterinary Nursing (Clinical) is perfectly structured to enhance your knowledge in clinical nursing, from physical therapy to complex cases requiring intensive nursing.

A course like no other! This course places a large emphasis on developing your advanced clinical nursing skills, from designing nursing care and physical therapy plans to managing feeding tubes. Be your patients’ best advocate and wow the vets with your extensive skills and impressive knowledge. Did we mention it’s all about nursing? 100% hands on clinical nursing!

The course is delivered entirely by distance education using our online ‘Learning Centre.’ This allows you the flexibility to study when it suits your schedule. You won’t need to attend any on-campus classes. We’ve designed the course to fit around your work and lifestyle.

How is the course structured?

Our Advanced Certificate of Professional Veterinary Nursing is made up of a series of subjects designed to teach you everything you need to know to be successful.

You’ll still be required to undertake your own research for some assessments. However, we’ll guide you through what you need to know via ‘knowledge checklists,’ set textbooks, and structured self-assessment tasks to ensure you have the required knowledge before completing any exams or assessments.

Our course is divided into two main sections:

1. Advanced Nursing Theory

You’ll learn all the vital skills you need to nurse advanced cases, including:

  • Fluid therapy
  • Wound management
  • Pain Management
  • Advanced inpatient care
  • Infection Control
  • Disease Pathophysiology
  • Physical Therapy

2. Advanced Clinical Nursing

You’ll then show off your new knowledge when writing your major case studies. In total, you will complete three major case studies, highlighting your skills and knowledge. These cases will cover a medical case, emergency case and a critical care infectious case involving barrier nursing. Practical skills are covered when you complete technical skill logs, and fill out nursing case logs.

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Need Interest Free Instalments?

Enrol now with a first instalment of $595.

Then pay ten easy payments of $240 interest free.

Internal credit towards the Diploma of Veterinary Nursing – all streams – available.

What will I learn in the Advanced Certificate of Professional Veterinary Nursing (Clinical)?

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is an essential part of the post op recovery period and an area of care where nurses can be actively involved. Providing physical therapy is a great way to improve owner compliance with post op care, and allow regular contact with the clinic to monitor the patient’s progress. This subject will prepare students to discuss physical therapy with clients, devise routines they can follow, and recognise when to refer to a Veterinary Physiotherapist. It also covers techniques they can implement in clinic to help speed up the recovery of the post op patient. This subject will also teach students about the various muscles and muscle groups.

Fluid Therapy

Fluid therapy is an integral part of the modern veterinary clinic. This subject will teach students about the various types of fluids available, their indications and contraindications and how to monitor patients receiving fluid therapy. Students will also learn about osmosis, and how to correctly calculate fluid rates and influencing factors on fluid rates.

Advanced InPatient and Critical Care

This subject follows on from Nursing Patients, and students will learn more advanced nursing skills such as how to map out patient care plans and specific nursing interventions for individual patients. Students also learn about correct urinary catheter care and physiology and anatomy of the urinary system itself. Feeding tube maintenance is also covered along with managing recumbent patients, neonates, blood transfusions, and the provision of oxygen therapy.

Pain Management

Indepth analgesia knowledge and the ability to recognise pain is vital in so many different aspects of veterinary nursing. This subject will teach students about the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, pain pathways, and the drugs we use to control pain. It will look at recognising pain and pain scoring, and alternative methods of controlling pain in our patients including nursing interventions.

Wound Management

Wound Management is an area that nurses can be actively involved in. This subject starts off with learning about the integument system; it then branches into the physiology of wound healing. Students will learn about different dressings and bandages (both techniques and materials), which to use when, and how to decide on a wound care plan in conjunction with the veterinarian.

Infection Control

Infection control is extremely important in any veterinary clinic. This subject is structured to get the students to look at their current clinic policies and procedures for infection control and then with guided research, evaluate and improve their clinic policies. Students will also learn more about barrier nursing (first touched on in Nursing Patients), setting up and using an isolation facility and how to adjust this to suit clinics that do not have a dedicated isolation area. We also cover how to assemble and maintain an Infectious Disease Control Kit, and notifiable diseases including the procedure for notifying government departments.

Emergency Nursing

Emergency nursing can be exciting and very daunting. This subject will teach students about how to effectively triage cases over the phone, and in clinic; first aid advice to provide to owner, how to prepare for the arrival of the emergency patient and how to assist the veterinarian in the management of these cases. Setting up and maintaining crashcarts is also covered along with cardio-pulmonary cerebral resuscitation.

Understanding Disease Pathophysiology

Having an understanding of the common diseases in cats and dogs is essential for veterinary nurses, not only to assist the vet in their treatment, but to educate the client accurately and also to provide appropriate nursing support to patient. This subject covers the common diseases found in companion animals, zoonotic and infectious diseases, vaccinations, how the immune system works and the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system.

Additional Information on the Adv Cert in Veterinary Nursing (Clinical)

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to enrol in this course, you must:

  • Have successfully completed a Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing or equivalent (including overseas qualifications) or have significant clinical and surgical experience (more than 10 years).
  • Be employed in a veterinary practice for a minimum of 15 hrs a week that has a reasonable non-routine case load.
  • If you don’t have access to all the right equipment and cases to complete the course, work experience will be utilised to fill any gaps (additional fees for insurance apply).

Enrolling is very simple!

  1. Click on ‘Apply Now’.
  2. Fill out the form, it will only take a couple of minutes. Have proof of employment and a copy of your Cert IV ready.
  3. Once we assess your application and verify your eligibility, you will receive confirmation via email (allow a few days).
  4. You then accept the place offered and arrange payment, and get started!

Once your enrolment and payment has been processed, you will receive an email from us with all the information you need to access the portal, then your folders will arrive by overnight courier.

Advanced Certificate of Professional Veterinary Nursing (Clinical)

Is there government funding for this course?

Unfortunately there is no government funding or assitance for this course as it is a non-accredited professional development course.

$2995, all inclusive including thorough printed Learner’s Guides.

Need Instalments? Enrol now with a first instalment of $595. Then simply pay $240/month for ten months.

Please budget approximately $200 to $400 for additional textbooks, although many will already be on your clinic shelves, saving you money.

The Advanced Certificate of Professional Veterinary Nursing (Clinical) is completed over 12 months.

Graduates of the ACVN Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing will receive a lower course fee due to internal credits for subjects already studied.

Important notes on Instalment Plans:

  1. Even if you have completed your studies, you’ll not receive your certificate until you’ve paid for your course in full.
  2. You are also responsible for paying the entire course cost, even if you decide to not complete the full course.
  3. Instalments will start from the month your course commences. Payments are by direct debit from a credit card or Australia bank account only, and to make your life easier, you can elect to pay monthly if you prefer. Need a different payment plan? That’s ok too, just talk to us to discuss a suitable arrangement.
  4. If you fall behind in your instalments by more than 14 days without arranging an alternative payment, you may be withdrawn from the course. So it’s important to contact us if you are struggling.
Please note:
All prices include resource fees, tuition, and administration fees. Additional fees may apply if you do not pass a subject, you need to re-enrol in a subject for any reason, or you extend your enrolment period.

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No waiting for the course to start, we start new students every day of the working week.

How is this course different to the Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice)?

The Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice) covers more than just clinical nursing. In the Diploma you will also cover team management, training staff, professional communication skills and animal behaviour.

It also requires that you have your current Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing (ACM40412). For those students who don’t, upgrading or obtaining the Cert IV can be a costly process costing thousands. If you are more interested in gaining the knowledge and skill, than the full piece of paper, then this course is for you.

Our entry requirements for the Certificate in Advanced Professional Nursing are more relaxed, as we want all nurses to have access to the best education available to become the most amazing nurse we know you can be.