ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies

(Veterinary Nursing)

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Our ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies is designed to give you the practical skills and knowledge you need to start your career as a Veterinary Nurse. Veterinary Nurses are an important part of the veterinary team. They provide advice and support to clients, help veterinarians with procedures and treatment, and keep the clinic running smoothly.

If you’re not yet working in a veterinary clinic but are dedicated to becoming a veterinary nurse – this is the course you need. It covers the majority of the first year of the ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, so you’re actively working towards your dream of becoming a qualified veterinary nurse. You’ll graduate with some great skills and knowledge for helping animals and their owners. ACVN Nurses are well regarded in the industry, so you’ll be adding to your employability too.

Where other Certificate III in Animal Studies courses offer a general animal care course, ours is 100% veterinary nursing focused, so you can get a jump start on your veterinary nursing career. We have structured our course to ensure you are working towards your ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing with the flexibility necessary to fit around your existing commitments.


Please note: As part of the course you’ll be required to complete a minimum 30 days of practical work experience within a veterinary clinic. Whilst there are some conditions on when and where you can perform this, we are very flexible so you can fit it in around your schedule. We have a Placement Assistance Program in place to help you with finding placement.

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Direct entry available!

You do not need a ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies first.

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

  • Be at least 16 years of age.
  • Have successfully completed Year 10, or equivalent (and not be currently at school).
  • Be able to undertake work experience placements within a veterinary clinic (30 days in total, split however it suits you).
  • Have access to computers and the internet as this is an online course.

Please note:
As part of the course you’ll be required to complete a minimum 30 days of practical work experience within a veterinary clinic. Whilst there are some conditions on when and where you can perform this, we are very flexible so you can fit it in around your schedule. We have a Placement Assistance Program in place to help you with finding placement.

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ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies

For this qualification to be awarded, you must complete 12 units of competency. Seven of these are core units, and the remaining five are electives.

We have set the electives to suit veterinary nursing, and they cannot be changed as they are integrated into our subjects.

The core units you will cover within your subjects are:

  • ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communications
  • ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines
  • ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • ACMGAS303 Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
  • ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
  • ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes

Your electives are:

  • ACMCAS304 Capture, handle and transport companion animals
  • ACMGAS307 Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
  • ACMGAS308 Communicate effectively with clients and team members
  • ACMGAS205 Assist in health care of animals
  • ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic Cats
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Enrolling is very simple!

  1. Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.
  2. Fill out the form and we’ll review your application.
  3. Check your email account for the acceptance email which will contain your enrolment package (it might go to spam so ensure you check there too).
  4. Fill out the enrolment and payment forms, and post or email it back in to us.

Once your enrolment and payment has been processed, you will receive an email from us with all the information you need to access the Learning Centre. Your learning material folders will arrive by overnight courier after you’ve completed your Student Induction module.

Our ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies is designed to give you the practical skills and knowledge you need to start your career as a Veterinary Nurse. Veterinary Nurses are an important part of the veterinary team. They provide advice and support to clients, help veterinarians with procedures and treatment, and keep the clinic running smoothly.

If you’re not yet working in a veterinary clinic but are dedicated to becoming a veterinary nurse – this is the course you need. It covers the majority of the first year of the ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, so you’re actively working towards your dream of becoming a qualified veterinary nurse. You’ll graduate with some great skills and knowledge for helping animals and their owners. ACVN Nurses are well regarded in the industry, so you’ll be adding to your employability too.

Where other Certificate III in Animal Studies courses offer a general animal care course, ours is 100% veterinary nursing focused, so you can get a jump start on your veterinary nursing career. We have structured our course to ensure you are working towards your ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing with the flexibility necessary to fit around your existing commitments.


Please note: As part of the course you’ll be required to complete a minimum 30 days of practical work experience within a veterinary clinic. Whilst there are some conditions on when and where you can perform this, we are very flexible so you can fit it in around your schedule. We have a Placement Assistance Program in place to help you with finding placement.

apply now

Direct entry available!

You do not need a ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies first.

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

  • Be at least 16 years of age.
  • Have successfully completed Year 10, or equivalent (and not be currently at school).
  • Be able to undertake work experience placements within a veterinary clinic (30 days in total, split however it suits you).
  • Have access to computers and the internet as this is an online course.

Please note:
As part of the course you’ll be required to complete a minimum 30 days of practical work experience within a veterinary clinic. Whilst there are some conditions on when and where you can perform this, we are very flexible so you can fit it in around your schedule. We have a Placement Assistance Program in place to help you with finding placement.

apply now

ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies

For this qualification to be awarded, you must complete 12 units of competency. Seven of these are core units, and the remaining five are electives.

We have set the electives to suit veterinary nursing, and they cannot be changed as they are integrated into our subjects.

The core units you will cover within your subjects are:

  • ACMGAS202 Participate in workplace communications
  • ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines
  • ACMGAS301 Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing
  • ACMGAS303 Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
  • ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
  • ACMSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes

Your electives are:

  • ACMCAS304 Capture, handle and transport companion animals
  • ACMGAS307 Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
  • ACMGAS308 Communicate effectively with clients and team members
  • ACMGAS205 Assist in health care of animals
  • ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic Cats
apply now

Enrolling is very simple!

  1. Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.
  2. Fill out the form and we’ll review your application.
  3. Check your email account for the acceptance email which will contain your enrolment package (it might go to spam so ensure you check there too).
  4. Fill out the enrolment and payment forms, and post or email it back in to us.

Once your enrolment and payment has been processed, you will receive an email from us with all the information you need to access the Learning Centre. Your learning material folders will arrive by overnight courier after you’ve completed your Student Induction module.

Frequently asked questions

Why do I need to do Cert III before the Cert IV?

If you’re employed in a clinic as a veterinary nurse, you don’t.

When you’re not already employed, then it’s your pathway to meet Cert IV entry requirements. It’s very difficult to get enough hands on experience using placement and work experience alone to be able to graduate from the Cert IV. But the Cert III is achievable.

There is legislation around how much placement you can do for a course (it does vary per state). These hours are often not enough to really learn how to everying a veterinary nurse needs to do daily. Employers have also told us that the maximum available work experience hours (480 hours over two years) is not enough to produce great veterinary nurses. We only want to produce great veterinary nurses!

Our ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies (Vet Nursing) is designed to give you a giant head start with your Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing qualification. Once you complete our Cert III, which is a 1 year course, you are eligible to enrol in the Cert IV provided you have placement secured or a job (many of our students do get jobs during their Cert III).

Our Cert III students don’t have to study the first year of our Cert IV (you do that in Cert III). Instead, you skip straight to the second year with around 12 months of work left to do.

So what does this mean? After your two years with us, you can obtain your Cert III and Cert IV making you a qualified ACVN Nurse.

When does the course start?

We start student intakes off several times a month. Spaces are limited on each intake, so it’s advisable to get your application and enrolment in quickly if you’re keen to start asap.

We look at applications every day and process acceptance emails. Once you receive your enrolment pack, the enrolment process can take a few days to complete. You can scan and email your enrolment form to speed it up.

How much study will I need to do?

Each student studies differently.

Most students need to dedicate around 8-10 hours per week to their studies.

We’ll give you a suggested timetable to guide you through completing your studies within the 12 months allocated. If you need, you’re able to extend your course past this, but be aware a fee will apply.

Some students finish the course in under 12 months, you can too if you wish. The trick is time management. Put dedicated study time aside each week and it’s achievable.

How is the course delivered?

The ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies is a ‘blended’ course. This means there is an online or distance component as well as a practical hands-on component in a veterinary clinic.

Our online student ‘Learning Centre’ along with our printed resources means you can study from where you like. Sunny day? Pop outside and study whilst watching the dogs play.

We’ll give you a timetable to help you structure your study plan. We recommend allowing dedicated time each week to ensure you stay on track, but it is self paced. So there is no stress of missing a deadline.

In the Learning Centre, you’ll find:

  • Learning activities to help you remember everything
  • Interactive learning modules
  • Videos showing you how to perform tasks
  • Recorded lectures to learn even more
  • Links to upload your assessments.

In your printed resources, you’ll find all the reading material and references you need to successfully pass the course and become an amazing veterinary nurse.

We also run optional workshops around the country, where you can get more practice and experience. Boost your resume and learn more towards your qualification at the same time.

What kind of assessments will I need to do?

Assessments are not only about assessing you, they are a valuable learning tool. As you complete them, you’ll learn more than just going through the reading materials alone.

We use a range of assessment types and match these to what is the best way to capture your new skills and knowledge.

Written Assessments

Every subject has some form of written assessment. We use short answer questions, scenarios and short case studies about the patients you nursed in your clinical placement.

Our Nurse Educators will provide thorough feedback on your assessments, including hints and tips and further learning opportunities. Anytime you need help with an assessment, you just contact the Nurse Educators through our Student Assist options.

Clinical Skills Assessment

Veterinary Nursing is a practical job, so we must assess your clinical skills.

In the clinic, you’ll be recording your participation in various tasks and nursing care through short forms called Key Skills. These showcase what you’ve been learning in the clinic and will be ‘signed off’ by your Clinical Mentor. You’ll also complete some case diaries, with photos of you performing skills and short descriptions.

Lastly, to ensure you graduate with the quality expected of ACVN Nurses, you’ll also submit some short videos of you performing vet nursing tasks. Again, Nurse Educators will provide thorough feedback on your learning and skills. Don’t be daunted by video assessment, they are a relaxed form of assessment. We love it when students leave in their bloopers. We provide full instructions. Some can be done at home to free up clinic time for more learning.

Alternatively, we can send in a Nurse Educator to perform a workplace assessment. This option does attract extra fees and you may need multiple visits across the course. Unlike video assessments where you can restart and try again if something doesn’t go to plan, your workplace assessment is a final assessment. Many students find video assessment less daunting than having a Nurse Educator watching their every move in clinic.

How is ACVN different to other colleges?

We’re about veterinary nursing. Full stop. We live and breathe it.

For us, training veterinary nurses is not just about money. It’s how we can ensure best practice nursing care for animals everywhere. We’re here for the animals.

At ACVN, you have a name not a student number. We get to know all our students really well and love sharing in your achievements.

We care about you and your career. We want you to be job ready, employable and enjoying a long career in veterinary nursing. Some of our graduates love us so much, they’ve come to work for us.

Our student to educator ratio is the envy of many colleges. Because of this, your assessments are marked quickly and the feedback you receive is specific to you and designed to help you learn.The Nurse Educators are available to help you when you need it.

At our college, you’ll be a part of a group of students who are considered amongst the best in the country.

Will the Cert III help me get a job as a veterinary nurse?

Yes! Becoming a qualified and employed veterinary nurse is your goal. The Cert III is your pathway into the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. It allows you to meet entry requirements for the Cert IV and study subjects that credit over at the same time. This means Cert IV is cheaper and shorter.

The Cert II in Animal Studies does not provide the same level of credits, so you’ll have more work to complete to gain your Cert IV.

Many of our students obtain employment as a direct result of their studying our Certificate III in Animal Studies. ACVN Nurses and graduates are highly sought after by many employers. They love the level of knowledge and skill you’ll graduate with.

Employers love ACVN nurses.

How much will the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing cost me once I finish this course?

This will depend on what version of the Certificate III in Animal Studies you have completed. We have had several versions over the years incorporating different units and subjects.

Generally speaking, the Cert IV is around 35% cheaper and study time of just over one year instead of two – if you have completed your Certificate III with ACVN.

Is this the same Certificate III that TAFE offers?

Yes and no. Confused?

All training providers award qualifications with a standardised name – like the ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies. There are rules we all follow about the minimum requirements for graduation.

What differs is the education you get during the course. Each providers course content, assessments, delivery and support varies. No two providers deliver the exact same course. It’s just the name that’s the same.

We find many employers will actively seek out our graduates as they love the level of knowledge and ability our students have. In fact, we have several employers who will call us to advertise jobs to our students directly.

Comparing providers is a little like comparing fruit. Apples and oranges are very different – despite both being fruit. If quality and employability is what you want from your studies, then you want to be an ACVN Nurse.

I have credit transfers from previous study.

Some students are lucky to have credit transfers from their previous studies. As each provider can choose different units to make up a qualification, each student has different credits, even if they completed the same qualification. Confused? Don’t worry. We can handle it all for you.

To apply credits, and work out your cheaper course cost and reduce study plan, we need to see the official transcript showing your units and results. This could be on the back of your certificate, or a separate document. You can also obtain a copy from the training provider.

Shoot this through to us and we’ll work out your personal study options.

Do you accept international/overseas students?

Yes! We absolutely welcome overseas students, as long as you are remaining in your home country. If you wish to come to Australia to study, you’ll need to find a CRICOS registered provider. These are the only institutions approved for international student visas.

We have had students in many countries including America, Canada, Singapore, Japan, China, Portugal, Cyprus and South Africa, just to name a few.

Please check out our Overseas Student Information page for more details.

What support do you offer?

We’re here for you, for your entire course and beyond graduation. Once you graduate with us, you become an ACVN Nurse. The most trusted veterinary nurses out there.

Once you enrol, we’ve made it very easy to get help.

As a student, you’re our number one priority. It’s why we’re here.

Student Assist is our student support program and it’s manned by Nurse Educators. This means if you need help – you’ll get it quickly. You won’t have to wait days or weeks for an educator to help you.

We can help you understand something that you’re not sure about, help you find things, give you motivational support, help with an assessment or feedback. Basically anything you need course wise, we can help you with.

Phone

Student Assist has dedicated phone lines that go straight through to the Nurse Educators. You can call for help on weekdays between 8am and 5pm.

Email

Send us an email any time to the dedicated student support email, and we’ll answer it when we’re in the office. We check this email several times throughout the day, so most emails are replied to in under 24 hours. Weekends we even pop in to check for urgent problems.

Live Chat

Perhaps you have a super fast question and don’t want to call? We have Live Chat! This is like an instant messenger service where you can type your questions and we can reply in real time during business hours.

Facebook

If social media is part of your life, we have an active student Facebook group for you. It’s exclusive to our current students and grads. Our Nurse Educators are also in there and are known to answer questions at all times of the day or night.

Is this course accredited?

Absolutely!

The ACM30117 Certificate III in Animal Studies is a nationally recognised training course, delivered in conjunction with Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (RTO 31258). This means is accredited throughout Australia.

Many countries accept Australian accredited courses and recognise them as official qualifications.

There is no official international accreditation for veterinary nursing courses.

International course accreditation schemes are just paid advertising and are not a guarantee of quality, career outcomes or recognition by official bodies. They’re purely a marketing tool.

Am I a vet nurse when I graduate?

In Australia, a qualified Veterinary Nurse is someone who has obtained a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Your Certificate III is your first step in reaching this goal.

Can I change the subjects or units in the course?

The short answer is no. The subjects and units have been carefully selected by ACVN to be the same as what is delivered in the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, so your Cert IV course is shorter and cheaper.

Frequently asked questions about placement

Why do I need to complete placement?

Veterinary Nurses are a smart bunch. It’s a job where you’re always learning. Lots of knowledge is needed, but it’s also very hands on. Those puppies and kittens need lots of pats in between all the nursing after all.

Your course will ensure you’re gaining the best knowledge to nurse the animals under your care. But to take care of animals you need to get your hands dirty.

Clinical placement is your chance to put your new knowledge to use. Course requirements also stipulate that you must complete practical based assessments.

Until you have a go at doing things like administering medications or performing a physical examination, your skill level won’t match your knowledge level. Getting the opportunity to practice is what clinical placement is for. Once you’re confident, you can then do your practical assessments.

ACVN Nurses are known for their immense skill and knowledge. It’s why when you graduate you’ll be employable right away. They’re known for this because our course has plenty of clinical experience to really cement your knowledge.Without boring you with lots of scientific studies, real world clinical experience trumps every time.

What about work placement?

Veterinary Nursing is a practical job. To be the best veterinary nurse you can, you need to ensure you get plenty of hands on experience in a real veterinary clinic.

You’ll learn much through the Learning Centre and your study resources, as veterinary nursing also requires plenty of knowledge on animal care. You’ll get to put this knowledge into practice when you’re on your clinical placement.

Across the course, you’ll complete 30 days (240 hours) of clinical placement in a veterinary clinic near you. If you’re already employed in a clinic, you can use that instead.

We recommend completing your clinical placement as three lots of two week placements roughly a third into the course, just after the middle and towards the end.

Fitting clinical placement around jobs, family and other commitments is possible. You can structure your placement however it suits you and the clinic. Some students do one day a week, or six one week blocks. We’re flexible on this.

During your clinical placement, you are fully covered by the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges’ insurance.

How do I find placement?

It’s important that you are proactive about finding your own placement – this is a quality potential employers are looking for! They want motivated individuals on their teams so we encourage students to contact clinics themselves. It looks much better than your ‘teacher’ or ‘mum’ doing it for you. Many of our Cert III student are lucky enough to secure a job out of their placement. Treat placement as a way to showcase your awesomeness.

We do have a Placement Assistance Program in place if you are struggling to locate placement in your area. This includes professionally written cover letters and resumes, as well as utilising our network of Registered Training Clinics. We also offer incentives and thank you gifts to clinics on your behalf.

Do you help me find placement?

We require all students to secure their own placement either prior to, or early in the course.

A part of the experience with ACVN is our level of support. Whilst locating placement is ultimately your responsibility, we won’t leave you high and dry if you’re struggling.

All students are provided with lots of information on the most effective ways to approach clinics. Your CV is checked by our own in-house specialised recruitment educator. We even have a dedicated website full of information for clinics – check out clinical.partners.

Job hunting is a skill, and placement hunting should be considered job hunting (after all you might get employed instead of getting placement!).

If you still need help, we have a placement assistance program available to you once you meet eligibility. This includes professionally written cover letters and resumes, as well as utilising our network of Registered Training Clinics. We also offer incentives and thank you gifts to clinics on your behalf.

We want our graduates to stand out from the crowd, our reputation as having the best veterinary nursing courses depends on it. ACVN Nurses are known for their skill, knowledge, passion and drive. How you find placement is the first impression the clinic will have of you. Make it a good one. Be the dedicated and proactive person they want to hire.

What happens if I land a vet nurse job?

Congratulations!

Nothing needs to change study wise, other than letting us know so we can update our records.

The Cert III subjects are all from the Cert IV, with the exception of one. This means you just keep on studying and graduate from the Cert III. After graduation you can enrol in the Cert IV and with all your credits you’ll just keep on going straight into second year Cert IV.

Easy!

Do employers recognise this course?

They sure do!

Vets and practice managers love our graduates and courses so much they contact us all the time looking for our students for placement positions and jobs.

We’ve built up a great reputation for well trained nurses. It’s why being an ACVN Nurse is the best option for your career.

What will I study in the ACM30117
CERTIFICATE III IN ANIMAL STUDIES?

All the subjects marked with a * are in the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

You’ll receive credit for these when you go on to enrol in your Cert IV.
You’ll go straight into second year Cert IV.
Animal Restraint and Transport*
Animal Handling Techniques

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, you’ll also learn about guinea pigs, birds and wildlife. Providing safe and low stress animal handling is a vital skill for any Veterinary Nurse.

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 & 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*
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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.

Sustainable Work Practices
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This short subject looks at the resources we use each day and how to minimise the impact we have on the environment. Students undertake an ‘audit’ of an animal workplace to see what resources are used and how waste reducing measures could be implemented. This subject is included as part of government requirements and aims to increase awareness of sustainable work practices.

Nutrition & Feeding Plans*
animal nutrition icon

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.

Work Placement in a Veterinary Clinic
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As part of completing the practical aspects of this course, you will be required to undertake 30 days of work experience. This is delivered over three placements (10 days each). You can however, split this up to fit around your other commitments.

It’s important that you are proactive about finding your own placement – this is a quality potential employers are looking for! They want motivated individuals on their teams so we encourage students to contact clinics themselves. Put your best foot forwards as they say!

We do have a Placement Assistance Program in place if you are struggling to locate placement in your area. This includes professionally written cover letters and resumes, as well as utilising our network of Registered Training Clinics. We also offer incentives and thank you gifts to clinics on your behalf.

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Important notes:

  1. Please budget approximately $150 to $200 for additional textbooks.
  2. All prices include resource fees, tuition, and administration fees.
  3. Additional fees may apply if you do not pass a subject, you need to re-enrol in a subject for any reason, or you extend your enrolment period
  4. 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!

ACVN allows me to have a work/study/life balance as I can complete my course around the pace of my chaotic life.

Sam Petzer / Whale Beach, Sydney

Because of my studies I started as a placement student in a clinic and as a result of this I was offered employment.

Emily Shearman / Brisbane, Queensland

I love the support offered by the nurse educators and fellow students. It’s very different to university where the information is thrown at you and lecturers are often too busy for one on one help. The flexible study schedule makes study and full time work easy to manage. I started placement in February 2016, the staff are amazed by how broad my knowledge is and how in depth the studies go. I’ve already been told that when I finish my studies, they want to create a position for me.

Emma Nichols / Central Coast, New South Wales

I’m middle aged with 3 adult kids and a varied work history. I decided when I turned 40 that I really wanted to work with animals. I chose online studying for the convenience of working to my own schedule. From my comparisons with colleagues studying with other RTO’s I think the ACVN course was much more comprehensive. My goal was to end up as a carer in a non-profit/rescue organisation and in March 2017 I accepted a job with the RSPCA client services across adoptions, admissions and clinic.

Andrea Thomas / Vermont, Victoria

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