CPVN (InPatient Nursing)

CPVN (InPatient Nursing)


If being out the back in the wards is where you prefer to be, then the Certificate in Professional Veterinary Nursing (InPatient Nursing) is just for you. Study subjects that revolve around providing nursing care specifically to hospitalised patients.


This course has been accredited for 20 points under the AVNAT Scheme.

The first subject Nursing the Veterinary Patient is all about monitoring your hospitalised patients and is there to give you a solid basis in general nursing procedures prior to moving into the more advanced subjects, setting you up for success. Following on from this, you will study Physical Therapy where you will learn what techniques you can use as a nurse, and how to put together a treatment plan for your patients in consultation with the vet.

Pain Management is next, and covers pain pathways, medications, and the non-pharmacological interventions nurses are able to implement. Rounding out the theoretical component of your course is Advanced Critical Care Nursing care where you will learn about nursing procedures from feeding tubes to recumbent patients. You will learn about developing nursing care plans and come out knowing how to provide the best nursing care you can.


  • Nursing the Veterinary Patient
  • Pain Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Advanced Critical Care Nursing


  • Each subject has between 1-3 video assessments to complete. In your last subject, you will complete a written case study bringing all your knowledge together. All these assessments will have Nurse Educator feedback supplied to further your learning.

Nursing Case Logs:

  • Logs of cases where you have applied pain scoring systems, and hospitalised cases (over 24 hours).
Course Duration

You have 6 months to complete your course requirements. Up to an additional 12 months can be arranged for a fee.


To be successful in this course you need to be a qualified Veterinary Nurse (in Australia or overseas) or have over 2-3 years of experience working at the same level as a nurse who is qualified.

You must be employed in a veterinary clinic to have access to the case load necessary for your assessments.


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Printed certificate on graduation
Goodie bag upon graduation.