Introduction to Veterinary Nursing


Contemplating becoming a Vet Nurse, but do not have the time to dedicate to the Certificate III in Animal Studies? Perhaps you are not yet 100% sure that this is the right career for you?

Our Introduction to Veterinary Nursing Short Course is specifically designed to give you an introduction to the skills and knowledge you need to work as a Veterinary Nurse and show you what this exciting career is all about. It’s been set up to provide internal credit to our accredited programs and is a great way to try out online study and see if veterinary nursing is for you.

This course is your stepping-stone to the ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies or ACM30117 III in Animal Studies if you’re not yet ready to commit to a full qualification. It’s a great way to test out if online learning is for you, and if veterinary nursing is really what you want to do. We’ll show you how great this career is and introduce you to what it is to be an ACVN Veterinary Nurse.

In this short course, you’ll learn all about veterinary nursing as a career and what to expect, animal handling techniques and some great foundation nursing knowledge all about looking after hospitalised patients. There are no written or practical assessments to complete. You will complete online Learning Activities (quizzes) to test and show your knowledge.

Once you complete this short course, we can transfer your Learning Activity results as internal credits to both the ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies and ACM30117 III in Animal Studies programs. You won’t need to repeat any work from the subjects that you have already done. You’ll cement your learning through completing the written assessments and performing work placement once you do enrol in a qualification. If you’re lucky enough to gain employment in a clinic to enrol on the ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, we can also apply the internal credits.

Please note: There is no practical placement required for this course.

What subjects are in this course?

Veterinary Nursing as a Career
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Discover what’s involved in working in the veterinary industry from the ground up. We’ll cover the career pathway for veterinary nurses then branch out into basic animal identification and profiles, terminology, work schedules and prioritising tasks, sourcing information on drugs and other veterinary products and Animal Welfare legislation. There are a few quick Learning Activities to complete this subject. If you enrol in the ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies program, you’ll receive an internal credit for the learning activities.

Animal Restraint & Transport
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Animal Restraint & Transport is a whole subject devoted to the correct handling and restraint of the animals in our care. Although a large focus is on dogs and cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, wildlife and birds are also covered. Providing safe and low stress animal handling is a vital skill for any Veterinary Nurse. You have several online Learning Activities to complete in this subject. If you enrol in the ACM20117 or ACM30117 programs, you’ll receive an internal credit for the learning activities.

Nursing the Veterinary Patient
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This subject covers the basic husbandry requirements of common companion animals and how to look after them when housed in a veterinary clinic or other animal care workplace. You will learn about hygiene routines, feeding and watering, physical exams, basic observations and about a variety of common clinic tasks that you will be expected to perform as a Veterinary Assistant. You’ll complete several online Learning Activities in this subject.If you enrol in the ACM20117 or ACM30117 programs, you’ll receive an internal credit for the learning activities.

Course Inclusions

Your course cost includes:-

  • 6 months of online access to complete your course (extensions available for when life gets busy)
  • Access to Nurse Educators via Student Assist (phone, live chat & email, Monday to Friday)
  • Printed Learner’s Guide and all reading materials
  • Range of self testing automarked activities to check your learning
  • Printed Certificate of Achievement upon passing
  • Internal credit of learning activities towards our qualification programs with the same subjects.

Please note: Our short courses are non-accredited. We will apply your learning over to our accredited programs if you do go on to enrol with ACVN.