Our Veterinary Nursing Qualifications

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At the Australian College of Veterinary Nursing, delivering high quality, industry relevant education is our top priority.

Whether you’re just starting out or a qualified Veterinary Nurse, expand on your current knowledge and skill set with one of our accredited veterinary nursing qualifications.


If you are still at school, fresh out, wanting to see if veterinary nursing is right for you, or quite time restricted with current commitments – then the Certificate II in Animal Studies is the ideal starting point for you.

This course is all about learning the ins and outs of a vet clinic and how to support the vets and nurses in providing care to patients.

As part of this course, you are required to complete a minimum of 15 days of work experience (5 at an animal care workplace, and 10 at a vet clinic). Our most flexible course yet.

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If you’re not currently employed in a clinic, this is your starting place. This course covers almost the first twelve months of the Certificate IV program, so you’ll be working towards your dream of becoming a veterinary nurse.

As this program runs alongside our Certificate IV program, you’ll study the same subjects as the first year Certificate IV students. That means, when you graduate, you’ll have already completed around 45% of the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing! This means your Certificate IV will be cheaper and quicker.

You are required to undertake 30 days of placement in a veterinary clinic, throughout the course, but we are flexible on when this can occur.

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All our courses are delivered by distance education, so you can fit them around your busy schedule.


This nationally recognised qualification is available to any student already employed as a Vet Nurse at least 7.5 hours per week, with a Cert II or III in Animal Studies (or equivalent level of skill and knowledge).

You’ll learn at the highest level, covering all the major aspects of veterinary nursing over a two-year program, graduating as a qualified Veterinary Nurse and eligible to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse under the AVNAT scheme.

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If you’re an experienced Veterinary Nurse seeking qualification or you want to update your skill set, we offer a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Cert IV FastTrack program.

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Are ACVN courses recognised qualifications?

Nationally Recognised Training


Our qualifications are delivered by us (ACVN) on behalf of the University of Queensland, trading as UQ Skills, RTO ID: 1511.

UQ Skills is the Principal RTO and the following qualifications are on the UQ Skills scope of registration, as documented through a written third party agreement:

  • ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies
  • ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

That means you graduate with a qualification accepted anywhere in Australia and, for Certificate IV graduates, often overseas!

For more information refer to this FAQ section.


You don’t need to be living in Australia to study with us. We welcome students from all over the world! You have the same student benefits as a local student, and we don’t charge you huge fees for being overseas. There are however, some considerations you need to factor in before enrolling with us. Please read the Overseas Student Information by clicking the button below.

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