We’ve designed this course to be completed in 12 months. We find most students need to dedicate at least 5 hours per week to study, undertaking the required reading and completing the assessment tasks.
Of course, you can complete the course more quickly if you wish. Additional fees apply if you want to extend your study time past 12 months.
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.
Once the course starts, you’ll receive printed learner’s guides, which will guide you through your studies and prepare you for assessments. You will also need to purchase a veterinary nursing textbook (allow around $130). You’ll also have access to the extra study resources available via our ‘Learning Centre’ online
Each subject contains various assessment tasks:
- Expect to complete written assessments like assignments, case studies, and reports.
- We include multiple choice learning activities so you can check your own learning throughout the course.
- Workplace-based assessments for practical skills will be completed during your Work Placements and involve some video assessments and a logbook. We provide comprehensive instructions on what to include, so don’t feel stressed about having to video yourself performing tasks.
- On average, expect to submit one short assessment or learning activity task each week to stay on track. Larger assessment tasks are required towards the end of the course.
Two work placements are an integral feature of this course. They build up your practical skills and are an essential part of your learning.
You’ll usually do these placements in two-week blocks at an animal care facility and veterinary clinic near you.
Some students may require additional days of work experience to complete the skills component of the course. We can arrange for this at no extra charge.
For those who need more flexibility, placements can be broken up into smaller, regular chunks as long as you complete a minimum of 15-20 full time days over the duration of the course (e.g. 1 day per week or 4 x 1 week blocks). During your placement, you are fully covered by the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges’ insurance.
You are required to find you own placements, however we’ll assist where we can. We provide you with all the tools you need to help find a suitable clinic, as well as assistance with writing cover letters and resumes. Finding placement is much like finding a job, you need to present yourself well!
Ready to learn more? After you’ve completed this course you can move on to:
Unfortunately , overnment funding is not currently available for this course. If this changes, we will advertise it on our site.
You can, however, enrol with one of our instalment plans.
We do encourage you to contact your local job seeker service or apprenticeship centre for further suggestions.
Yes! We welcome international students!
As an international student, instalment 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 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.