ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

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VET NURSING – It’s NO ORDINARY JOB.

Veterinary Nurses are the backbone of every veterinary clinic. It’s a job that requires skill, dedication and a love for animals.

As a Veterinary Nurse, you’ll be more than just the veterinarian’s assistant.  You’ll have a job with a huge variety of tasks and responsibilities – and patients!

Each day will be different. As the surgical nurse, you’ll be monitoring anaesthesia, assisting in surgery, sterilising surgical instruments, performing wound care and even post-operative rehabilitation. When in the wards, you’ll be caring for a wide range of animals and doing things like administering medications, feeding, providing critical care nursing and of course – providing pats and comfort.

Veterinary Nurses get to work with animals all day, and people too! If you’re out the front of the clinic you’re likely to be helping assist the vet with consults, scheduling appointments, providing animal care advice to owners, client counselling and more.  

Veterinary Nursing is a rewarding job where no two days are the same.

ACVN’s ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is Australia’s most comprehensive veterinary nursing course. When you graduate, you’ll be an ACVN Nurse. You’ll be known for your skills and be able to provide a high standard of care for your patients. ACVN Nurses are on top of the recruitment lists of great veterinary clinics. Being an ACVN Nurse will make you stand out when applying for jobs. Your skills and knowledge will ensure you’re a trusted part of the veterinary team and able to help the animals under your care.

The ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is the industry-standard qualification for veterinary nurses in Australia and enables you to register as a veterinary nursing in those states requiring registration.

Our nationally accredited ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is designed to help you make a positive impact on patient care in your clinic. You’ll learn how to care for animals and provide advice to owners.

Our course is so jam packed with relevant information, current students are finding they use their newfound knowledge to adapt and change their clinic protocols after only a few months of study.

Written and delivered by highly knowledgeable and skilled Veterinary Nurses, this course will ensure you are taught what you need to know to be an outstanding nurse, an asset to the clinic and your patient’s best advocate.

apply now

Working in clinic?

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

OR:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Completed year 12 or a Certificate IV or higher in any discipline
  • Employed in a veterinary practice 15 hrs per week
  • Have equivalent experience and knowledge of someone holding a Cert II in Animal Studies.
    You will need to complete an Application for Direct Entry and provide associated evidence. There is a fee for this application, which is deducted from your course fees if you enrol within 90 days of application.

Not working in clinic?

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

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have successfully completed an ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies or ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies, or other suitable animal sciences course of an equivalent level
  • Be able to undertake vocational placement in a veterinary practice with a minimum of 8 hrs per week for the duration of the course. You may also be required to complete additional work experience for specific skill placements (4 x 2 week blocks) if your regular clinic is unable to provide an adequate case load. You must pre-arrange placement prior to enrolment and supply evidence as part of your enrolment.

ATTENTION TASMANIAN STUDENTS:
Tasmanian students are not able to enrol under placement due to legislative requirements restricting placement hours. Tasmanian students must be employed at their clinic.


If you don’t meet the above criteria, please look at our ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies as a pathway to gaining the required knowledge for a junior vet nurse.

We have specially designed this to enable you to complete almost the first 12 months of your ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing as part of your ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies.

Once complete, you can enrol in the ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and complete the second year to become a qualified veterinary nurse.

apply now

ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

For this qualification to be awarded, you must complete 21 units of competency. Seventeen of these are core units, and the remaining four are electives. Electives are set within our course structure and you will not be able to change these.

The core units you will cover within your subjects are:

  • ACMGAS307 Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
  • ACMGAS308 Communicate effectively with client and team members
  • ACMVET202 Carry out daily clinic routines
  • ACMWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
  • ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies & procedures in animal work
  • ACMVET401 Coordinate veterinary reception duties
  • ACMVET402 Apply imaging routines
  • ACMVET403 Perform clinic pathology procedures
  • ACMVET404 Perform practice office procedures
  • ACMVET405 Coordinate and perform surgical nursing routines
  • ACMVET406 Nurse animals
  • ACMVET407 Carry out medical nursing routines
  • ACMVET408 Provide nutritional support for animals
  • ACMVET409 Provide specific animal care advice
  • ACMVET410 Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures
  • ACMVET413 Prepare for anaesthesia and monitor animal anaesthesia and analgesia
  • ACMVET416 Assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisons

Your electives are:

  • ACMCAS304 Capture, handle and transport companion animal
  • ACMGAS208 Source information for animal care needs
  • ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats
  • ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of dogs
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Enrolling is very simple!

  1. Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.
  2. Fill out the form and provide the documents to support your application.
  3. A Nurse Educator will review your application and then email you your acceptance package with all the necessary information. This may take a few days, but if you haven’t heard back from us within a week, contact us!
  4. Complete and return the enrolment and payment forms.

Once your enrolment and payment have been processed, you will receive an email from us with all the information you need to access the Learning Centre. Once you have completed the student induction module, we’ll courier your learners guide folders out overnight.

Veterinary Nurses are the backbone of every veterinary clinic. It’s a job that requires skill, dedication and a love for animals.

As a Veterinary Nurse, you’ll be more than just the veterinarian’s assistant.  You’ll have a job with a huge variety of tasks and responsibilities – and patients!

Each day will be different. As the surgical nurse, you’ll be monitoring anaesthesia, assisting in surgery, sterilising surgical instruments, performing wound care and even post-operative rehabilitation. When in the wards, you’ll be caring for a wide range of animals and doing things like administering medications, feeding, providing critical care nursing and of course – providing pats and comfort.

Veterinary Nurses get to work with animals all day, and people too! If you’re out the front of the clinic you’re likely to be helping assist the vet with consults, scheduling appointments, providing animal care advice to owners, client counselling and more.  

Veterinary Nursing is a rewarding job where no two days are the same.

ACVN’s ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is Australia’s most comprehensive veterinary nursing course. When you graduate, you’ll be an ACVN Nurse. You’ll be known for your skills and be able to provide a high standard of care for your patients. ACVN Nurses are on top of the recruitment lists of great veterinary clinics. Being an ACVN Nurse will make you stand out when applying for jobs. Your skills and knowledge will ensure you’re a trusted part of the veterinary team and able to help the animals under your care.

The ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is the industry-standard qualification for veterinary nurses in Australia and enables you to register as a veterinary nursing in those states requiring registration.

Our nationally accredited ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is designed to help you make a positive impact on patient care in your clinic. You’ll learn how to care for animals and provide advice to owners.

Our course is so jam packed with relevant information, current students are finding they use their newfound knowledge to adapt and change their clinic protocols after only a few months of study.

Written and delivered by highly knowledgeable and skilled Veterinary Nurses, this course will ensure you are taught what you need to know to be an outstanding nurse, an asset to the clinic and your patient’s best advocate.

apply now

Working in clinic?

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

OR:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Completed year 12 or a Certificate IV or higher in any discipline
  • Employed in a veterinary practice 15 hrs per week
  • Have equivalent experience and knowledge of someone holding a Cert II in Animal Studies.
    You will need to complete an Application for Direct Entry and provide associated evidence. There is a fee for this application, which is deducted from your course fees if you enrol within 90 days of application.

Not working in clinic?

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

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have successfully completed an ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies or ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies, or other suitable animal sciences course of an equivalent level
  • Be able to undertake vocational placement in a veterinary practice with a minimum of 8 hrs per week for the duration of the course. You may also be required to complete additional work experience for specific skill placements (4 x 2 week blocks) if your regular clinic is unable to provide an adequate case load. You must pre-arrange placement prior to enrolment and supply evidence as part of your enrolment.

ATTENTION TASMANIAN STUDENTS:
Tasmanian students are not able to enrol under placement due to legislative requirements restricting placement hours. Tasmanian students must be employed at their clinic.


If you don’t meet the above criteria, please look at our ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies as a pathway to gaining the required knowledge for a junior vet nurse.

We have specially designed this to enable you to complete almost the first 12 months of your ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing as part of your ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies.

Once complete, you can enrol in the ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and complete the second year to become a qualified veterinary nurse.

apply now

ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

For this qualification to be awarded, you must complete 21 units of competency. Seventeen of these are core units, and the remaining four are electives. Electives are set within our course structure and you will not be able to change these.

The core units you will cover within your subjects are:

  • ACMGAS307 Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
  • ACMGAS308 Communicate effectively with client and team members
  • ACMVET202 Carry out daily clinic routines
  • ACMWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
  • ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies & procedures in animal work
  • ACMVET401 Coordinate veterinary reception duties
  • ACMVET402 Apply imaging routines
  • ACMVET403 Perform clinic pathology procedures
  • ACMVET404 Perform practice office procedures
  • ACMVET405 Coordinate and perform surgical nursing routines
  • ACMVET406 Nurse animals
  • ACMVET407 Carry out medical nursing routines
  • ACMVET408 Provide nutritional support for animals
  • ACMVET409 Provide specific animal care advice
  • ACMVET410 Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures
  • ACMVET413 Prepare for anaesthesia and monitor animal anaesthesia and analgesia
  • ACMVET416 Assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisons

Your electives are:

  • ACMCAS304 Capture, handle and transport companion animal
  • ACMGAS208 Source information for animal care needs
  • ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats
  • ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of dogs
apply now

Enrolling is very simple!

  1. Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.
  2. Fill out the form.
  3. A Nurse Educator will review your application and then email you your acceptance package with all the necessary information. This may take a few days, but if you haven’t heard back from us within a week, contact us!
  4. Complete and return the enrolment and payment forms.

Once your enrolment and payment have been processed, you will receive an email from us with all the information you need to access the Learning Centre. After you have completed the student induction module, we’ll courier your learners guide folders out overnight.

Nationally Recognised Training

This certificate is delivered in conjunction with UQ Skills RTO: 1511.

Frequently asked questions

How is the course delivered?

The course is delivered entirely by distance education using our online ‘Learning Centre’. You’ll receive printed learner’s guides and will need to purchase a couple of textbooks.

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. Many of our students work full time in addition to their study.

Once the course starts, you’ll receive printed learner’s guides, which will guide you through your studies and prepare you for assessments. You’ll also have access to the extra study resources available via our ‘Learning Centre’ online and can contact us for help when you need it. You can submit assignments through this portal, too.

Each subject contains various assessment tasks:

    • Expect to complete written assessments like assignments, case studies, projects, and reports.
    • Multiple choice questions are in our learning activities so you can check your learning as you progress through the course.
    • Workplace-based assessments for practical skills will be completed at the clinic in which you work or at your placement clinic. These will include completing skills log books and some video assessments. Don’t stress, we provide full instructions for the video assessments so you know what to include.
    • On average, expect to submit one short assessment task each week to keep on track.
How long will the course take, and how much study will I need to do?

You will complete your ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing over 2 years.

Generally, most students dedicate approximately 10 hours per week to your studies, completing assessments and undertaking the required reading. This is in addition to your clinical hours.

We’ll provide you with a study schedule so you can keep on track to finish without requiring an extension.

Please note:
Additional fees apply if you want to extend your study beyond two years and you can extend for a maximum of 12 months.

What happens if I need more time to complete the course?

You will be given 2 years to complete your course, and if you need more time, that’s ok! Arranging an enrolment extension is easy, however, be aware that it attracts a fee.

We do provide a study schedule that if you follow, you will finish within your two year enrolment.

Will my previous experience or study count?

Yes, it can. We can take into account the knowledge and skills you’ve already gained through your previous education and work, including:

  • Formal or informal training
  • Paid or unpaid work experience
  • Credit transfers if you hold equivalent units from other study.

Please speak to us to gain recognition for your previous studies and work skills.

Your previous studies may also count as credits towards your new qualification. If so, you’ll be entitled to a lower course fee (depending on units of competency completed).

To claim a credit transfer, please include transcripts of your previous qualifications with your application form. We will then advise you of any adjustments to your course fee.

Certified copies will need to be supplied when you enrol for the credits to be officially granted.

I have credits from other qualifications or study. What do I do?

If you have completed units of competency elsewhere relevant to your ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, we will apply these credit transfers to your course.

You will not be required to pay for enrolment in these units. However some of our subjects cover more than one unit of competency, so you may find you’ll need to pay for and complete an associated subject.

If you’ve already completed an ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies or ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies, or commenced your ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing with another training organisation, it’s vital you supply us with a copy of your transcript as part of your application. This will allow us to give you an accurate price and tell you exactly what units and subjects you’ll need to complete. A certified copy of the transcript must be supplied with your enrolment for the credits to be applied.

If you have credit transfers, secure your place with the  first instalment of $495 with enrolment. Then we will adjust your further instalments to suit your study and remaining course cost.

Please note: The ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing qualification is not the equivalent of the ACM40418, and many of the units are not credit transfers, even if the unit name is similar. This is set at the training package level and applies to all providers.

Do I need an ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies before I study the ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing?

No. You can have a higher qualification such as an ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies or other related animal care or sciences qualification, including overseas qualifications.

If you have been employed as a veterinary nurse for over 12 months, and do not hold at least a Certificate II level qualification, please phone us to discuss your options. We may still be able to accept you on the course if you have the equivalent knowledge of someone with a Certificate II qualification and can demonstrate this.

I already have the ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies, but I don't work in a clinic. Can I still do the ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing?

Yes, you can enrol in our standard ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing as long as you have a veterinary clinic willing to provide you with a vocational placement.

You will need to commit to 1 day a week vocational placement in a vet clinic for the duration of the course, and complete some specific work experience placements.

If you can’t make this commitment, then we’d suggest you consider our ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies. It allows you to complete the course with work experience, and it covers the majority of the first year of the ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, so you still get to study towards your ultimate goal.

You may receive credits for the work already done in your ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies, depending on what units you completed.

I don't work in a veterinary clinic. Can I still take this course?

Yes, but you must have either completed an ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies (Veterinary Assisting) or ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies (Veterinary Nursing) first.

You will also need to commit to 1 day a week vocational placement in a vet clinic for the duration of the course and have a clinic willing to take you on prior to enrolment.

As our course is very comprehensive and veterinary nurses must master many many skills, undertaking it with less than the 8 hours a week in a clinic would not enable you to develop the appropriate level of knowledge or practical skills to become the successful Veterinary Nurse we would like to see you become.

Many of the assessments are also based on cases you nurse, so less contact time at a clinic would mean you may not see the kinds of patients you need to write about in your course work.

What if I’m already an experienced Vet Nurse?

If you’ve been working in a practice for at least 12 months as a veterinary nurse, then we may still be able to accept you onto the course as long as you can demonstrate you have the equivalent knowledge and skill of someone who has completed a Certificate II.

If you have more than 5 years of experience as a veterinary nurse, we suggest you consider the ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing via RPL FastTrack.

This program assesses your prior learning both on the job (called Recognition of Prior Learning or RPL) and through continuing education. It’s a quicker way for you to gain qualifications for the experience and skills you already possess.

Please note:
FastTrack is NOT a course and no learning resources are provided. If you want to learn more, we suggest a combination of RPL and formal study.

The program is designed so you can demonstrate that you already have the necessary knowledge and skills gained from working as a Veterinary Nurse.

You’ll still need to complete some written assignments, video assessments and examples of work from the clinic.

For more information, please visit our ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing via RPL FastTrack page.

Do you take international students?

Yes! We welcome offshore international students. That is, you’re not in Australia on a study visa.

As an international offshore student, payment plans are not available. You will be required to pay the full course fee prior to starting. We also do not offer the pay in full discount to international offshore students however we do not charge you extra for resources to be sent to you, or for bank fees.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you can legally perform the practical tasks required in your country. In some countries, like the UK, it is illegal for a non-qualified person to perform some of the practical skills necessary to complete the course. Check with your local veterinary surgeons board.

If you are completing placement, you will also need to arrange your own insurance and provide evidence of this to us.

Is there government funding for this course?

Please contact our partner RTO The University of Queensland (Gatton Campus) on 07 5460 1353 for details on available funding.

If you are not eligible you can enrol with one of our easy interest-free payment plans.

We do encourage you to contact your local job seeker service or apprenticeship centre for further suggestions.

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Veterinary Nursing.
It’s all we do.
Why would you study anywhere else?

What will I study in the ACM40418
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing?

FIRST FOLDER

Animal Restraint and Transport

This subject is 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 will also learn the basics of reading animal body language.

Health and Safety at Work
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Health and safety are vital aspects of working in any animal care workplace. We’ll introduce you to Work Health and Safety legislation and how it applies to employees, the basics of risk management and controls, how to deal with sharps, allergies, noise, dangerous chemicals and drugs, fire safety and emergencies, biological hazards and zoonoses. Then we’ll finish off with a closer look at animal hazards and manual handling when it comes to animal care workplaces and how you can minimise risks.

Anatomy and Physiology

Veterinary nurses care for a variety of animals with differences in anatomy that affect how we nurse our patients. In this subject you’ll learn all about the body systems and how they work. The focus is on placental mammals, and we explore the differences between different animals. You’ll also learn about other non-mammalian species such as reptiles.

Communications

Veterinary Nurses are required communicate with a range of people from colleagues to clients. You’ll learn how to adjust your communication techniques to match your audience, including switching between medical terminology and client friendly explanations. You’ll also learn about customer service skills and how to deal with difficult situations.

Nursing the Veterinary Patient
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Patients are often kept in hospital and knowing how to look after them from food to bedding, exercising, taking vital signs, recording observations and knowing when to alert the Vet are all skills that form the basis of good nursing. This subject goes into detail on how to really look after your patients well, providing nursing interventions where necessary, and looking at the patient as a whole – not just ticking off a box that a treatment has been given.

Infection Control in the Vet Clinic
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Infection control is extremely important in any veterinary clinic and this subject is structured to help you with understanding both basic and advanced precautions that are necessary to keep you and your patients safe from transmissible diseases.

TREATMENT FOLDER

Veterinary Medical Procedures
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Medical Nursing will introduce the student to a wide variety of equipment found within the veterinary clinic. Students study not only how to set it up and what it is used for, but how to assist the Vet during procedures. The correct maintenance of this equipment is also covered.

Fluid therapy and IV catheterisation, oxygen therapy and urinary catheterisation are also covered.

Nursing Care and Interventions
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This subject follows on from Nursing the Veterinary Patient and looks at nursing care plans, nursing interventions such as recumbent nursing, bandaging, physical therapy and wound care. You’ll also learn about pain management, analgesics and pain scoring.

Nutrition and Feeding Plans
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Correct nutrition is not only vital for the patients we nurse and animals we care for, but advising owners on correct nutrition for their pets is often a daily occurrence for Veterinary Nurses. This subject will ensure students understand what makes up nutrition, how to feed for particular life stages, how to read pet labels, diseases that are influenced by nutrition, and how to calculate energy requirements.

Clinical Pathology
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Clinical pathology will introduce students to laboratory techniques used in the veterinary clinic, what equipment is used and how to maintain it including microscopes, refractometers, in-house lab machines, centrifuges etc. Students will also learn how to perform a urinalysis including sediment, PCV/TP, faecal floats, blood smears and will also cover the basics on haematology and biochemistry, and cell structure. Correct sample handling and storage techniques are also covered.

SURGICAL FOLDER

Diagnostic Imaging

Veterinary Nurses are involvedin a range of diagnostic imaging procedures. You’ll learn about how to set up for, take, and trouble shoot radiographs (x-rays), ultrasound and learn more about other imaging techniques such as endoscopy, MRI and CT scans.

Instrument Care and Sterilisation

This subject covers how to correctly clean and sterilise instruments as per the Australian Standards and best practice.

Surgical Nursing
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This subject covers a vast array of surgical topics from asepsis, theatre attire, patient preparation for surgery, pre and post-operative care. You’ll learn about a vast array of surgical procedures, how to assist in surgery, aftercare instructions for surgeries, and how to maintain the theatre suite. You’ll also learn about scheduling procedure, suture materials and more.

Anaesthesia
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Monitoring Anaesthesia is a large part of the Veterinary Nurse’s job. This subject introduces students to the basics of anaesthesia – how to set up, what circuits to pick and when, how the drugs we use affect the body, and why premedication is necessary. Studying the cardiovascular system is also undertaken as part of this subject. Judgement of anaesthetic depth and monitoring techniques are discussed, from manual monitoring to equipment such as pulse oximetry, ap-alerts, blood pressure, capnography and ECG. Students also learn how to classify ASA statuses, and recognise and respond to anaesthetic complications.

Veterinary Dentistry
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Dentals! You either love them or hate them. This subject will teach students dental anatomy and diseases, how to perform a dental prophylaxis, charting, why extractions are sometimes necessary, and the home care required for dental health, and post op.

RECEPTION & CLIENT ADVICE FOLDER

Veterinary Clinic Administration Routines
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Almost all Veterinary Nurses are required to perform reception duties. This can cover making appointments, triaging emergency cases, admissions and discharges, clinic records, and some basic office procedures. All of this is covered in this subject along with taking payments, stock control, and banking reconciliations.

Grief and Euthanasia

Dealing with client grief requires a whole team approach. In this subject, you’ll learn how to approach the grieving client and provide support within your role as a veterinary nurse. You’ll also learn how to refer clients to additional support.

This subject also covers the euthanasia process.

Emergency Nursing
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Emergency nursing can be exciting and very daunting. This subject will teach students 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 crash-carts is also covered along with CPR.

Pharmacology
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Veterinary Nurses are involved in the handling and administration of medications daily. Dispensing drugs also falls to the veterinary nurse often. This subject looks at different drug classifications and schedules, legislation around prescribing and dispensing medications, obtaining information on drugs and client advice.

Chemotherapy is also covered, with an emphasis on the WHS considerations of chemo administration in the veterinary practice, and how to correctly nurse these patients to minimise any risks of exposure when handling them.

Product and Client Advice
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This subject prepares students for recognising, treating and preventing the common parasites found on and in domestic animals. You will also learn what vaccinations animals need, the diseases they cover, and why they are so important. This will ensure you are prepared to educate clients on protecting their pets and family and achieve a high compliance.

Small Animal Reproduction

This subject covers the reproductive system of common domestic animals, their reproductive cycles and whelping/queening. Students will also learn about reproductive emergencies and what advice should be given to the owners when complications occur or are suspected. There is also an emphasis on understanding what is normal to allow the nurse to advise clients on the correct care of their breeding adults and the neonates.

Foundations of Behaviour Modification
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Providing behavioural advice is often performed by veterinary nurses and having a good understanding of how animals learn and how behaviour modification can be performed is essential for good outcomes. You’ll learn all of this and how to modify common behavioural problems.

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

For all students
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The ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is delivered entirely by distance education using our online ‘Learning Centre’ and printed learners guides. It gives you the flexibility to study as it suits you without having to attend campus, whilst completing your practical coursework in your own clinic.

If you are employed as a Veterinary Nurse in a clinic, you will complete all your practical components in your clinic. In the event your clinic does not have particular equipment, you may be required to do some work experience at another clinic to cover the necessary skills. We will let you know as part of your Student Induction.

For placement students, you’ll complete your practical coursework in your placement clinic. Your placement cannot start until approved by us and you have passed for your first two subjects.

Placement Students
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If you are planning on completing the practical component via work placement, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • You will need to find a clinic willing to take you on for Vocational Placement. As part of this you will need to do one 8 hr day a week at this clinic, starting after you finish your first two subjects (please note, you can only do one day a week, not more, not less). This placement will continue until you finish the course, so plan for it to last 2 years. If you start the placement late, you will have to extend your course to ensure you meet the minimum hours required. You will complete 768 hours of vocational placement across the two-year course.
  • If you are in Tasmania, there is legislation that prevents you from doing more than 240 hours a year of vocational placement – sadly, you will not be able to enrol in the course until you are employed in a clinic.
  • As well as the Vocational Placement, you may need to complete four Intensive Placements covering around another 300 hours (depending on your previous experience). These are two week placements (10 days) that focus on particular skill sets such as Reception, Surgical Nursing, Ward Nursing and Anaesthesia. These must be performed after completing the associated subjects and must be 10 days over a maximum of a three week period. Some of these placements can be performed at your Vocational Placement clinic and some must be at a different clinic to ensure you receive wider experience.
Some final notes
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For ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, you must pre-arrange your placement location prior to enrolment.

It is highly recommended that you discuss placement with clinics in your area to ensure they are willing to take on students for long-term placement.

It is not possible to complete the course with less placement hours. Our standards are high and employers recognise this and seek out our graduates. If you have credits from previous study, we will adjust your placement hours to suit.

If you are completing the ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing with placement, you will need to allow an extra $400 to cover administration and insurance.

We work hard to ensure our graduates are the first choice for every Veterinary Nurse vacancy!

TURN ME INTO A QUALIFIED VETERINARY NURSE!

FOR EMPLOYED NURSES

Grab some savings!

Don’t miss out on this deal! Pay in full and receive $300 off!


$7510

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interest free payment plan

Enrol now with a first instalment of $495

Then simply pay
20 x $350.75/month

(weekly & fortnightly also available)

That’s just $87/week!


Total:
$7510


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FOR PLACEMENT NURSES

Grab some savings!

Don’t miss out on this deal! Pay in full and receive $300 off!


$8010

$7710


apply now

interest free payment plan

Enrol now with the first instalment of $995

Then simply pay
20 x $350.75/month

(weekly & fortnightly also available)

That’s just $87/week!


Total:
$8010


apply now

Important notes:

  1. Course costs vary depending on your credits for previous qualifications. Please note: If you have already completed units of competency, you won’t be required to pay for these units or study them again.
  2. Please budget approximately $200 to $250 for additional textbooks.
  3. If you are not employed in a clinic, your course price is a little higher, covering 2 years of insurance and additional administration time for placement paperwork.
  4. Payment in Full Discount does not apply to international students. Instead we will cover bank transfer fees at our end, and send out your learner’s guides via international express post at no additional charge.

Notes on Payment 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 or credit card only, and to make your life easier, you can elect the day the automatic payment is debited from your account.
  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.
  5. International students are not eligible for instalment plans.

Our students are raving about our courses!

People at the ACVN were so helpful from the beginning. Even when you’re having a bad day and want to throw your learner’s guide at the wall they are there to talk you though everything and make it all better!!! So understanding and compassionate and would do anything to help any of their students. 3 years later with 3 certificates under my belt I am now a fully qualified veterinary nurse. I have landed my dream job and I have never been happier!!

Tash Berkley / Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

After ten years of unfulfilling retail jobs, I finally took the plunge and enrolled to study vet nursing and haven’t looked back since! The ACVN support network is fantastic! The educators and students are always there to give advice and support, so it never really feels like I am on my own. Studying online especially, pushes me to be more proactive about my education and I think my clinic recognises this and appreciates my dedication to learn.

Ann Garcia / Sydney

Single mum, mature student (47 yrs old) with two beautiful teenage children. I have always wanted to be a Vet nurse but was squeamish with blood, etc. but after having two kids I “toughened up”. During my studies I have worked in a specialty clinic, and emergency clinic and have finally found my home in general practice which I love. My studies have helped me so much, especially being able to confidently train our trainee nurse. It’s been great to have the study notes to refer back to when needed.

Rochelle Keleher / East Bentleigh, Victoria

I worked in makeup for fashion and tv for 7 years prior to realising my calling was in the veterinary industry. After researching my options my heart was set on ACVN. I like how in depth each unit is knowing that I am learning absolutely everything I need to take away to become the best vet nurse I can be for my patients. The amazing support and help from the nurse educators really makes a huge difference in the whole experience as well.

Casey Lilir-French / Glebe

OVERSEAS STUDENTS WELCOME!

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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