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Code:
ACM40418
Course Type:
Accredited Course; JobTrainer
Study Mode:
Online (With on-campus workshops)
Duration:
18 months
Starting Date:
04/02/2021 and 15/07/2021
Location:
Online
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Course Overview

Love nursing, but also love animals? Then a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is the perfect way to combine these two passions.

This course will get you on your way to becoming a fully qualified vet nurse with all of the necessary skills to help animals in their time of need. You’ll be able to complement your know-how with exciting lessons on carrying out daily routines in a clinic and assisting in a huge range of procedures, including surgical, dental and medical nursing.

Completed over an 18-month period, this flexible intermediate course is taught both on campus and online. There will be monthly workshops with industry experts and tutorials (on campus), as well as face-to-face practical skills workshops spread throughout the course (six in total).

But don’t worry, because we know life can be pretty busy, all online webinars are recorded – so if you miss one, you can just catch up when you can.

However, before you get going on an enrolment, there are a few qualifications you’ll need first: this course is only open to people who hold a Certificate II in Animal Studies (ACM20110 or ACM20117), or hold a relevant Certificate III or higher level qualification in an animal science discipline, or can demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge in a relevant animal science discipline to any of the above qualifications.

One thing we also recommend while undertaking this course is that you have access to at least two different species of animals, whether they’re your own, or a friends. This will help you in your learning needs and support the achievement of assessment outcomes – so if you don’t have any yet, it would be beneficial to look into it before applying.

When you complete the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, you’ll be able to work in the veterinary nursing and animal care sectors, gaining hands-on experience, while you take the time to think about where to go next.

Those next steps might be studying the ACM5011 Diploma of Animal Technology (not offered at TAFE Gippsland), or a ACM50219 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (not offered at TAFE Gippsland). And if the time comes to take that road, we’ll be here to work with you in making those next moves.

So, if you’re looking for the perfect stepping stone to university studies in the same field, enrol in this course and together we’ll get you to where you want to be.

Please note, students who choose equine elective units will need to find work experience or employment in an equine veterinary clinic or hospital.

This course is delivered with a combination of online and on campus workshops.

Times

Online webinars are scheduled to run from 7pm to 9pm every Thursday via Zoom or Skype.

Sessions are recorded for students who cannot attend. 2 hour tutorial scheduled for Tuesdays 7pm-9pm.

Other face to face practical skills workshops are scheduled during the year (6 in total for the whole qualification).

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, students will have gained skills and knowledge to seek employment as a veterinary nurse in the animal care industry.

Opportunities for Further Study

  • ACM5011 Diploma of Animal Technology (Not offered at TAFE Gippsland)
  • ACM50219 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Not offered at TAFE Gippsland)

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

Entry into this qualification is open to individuals who:

  • hold  a Certificate II in Animal Studies (ACM20110 or ACM20117) OR
  • hold a relevant Certificate III or higher level qualification in an animal science discipline OR
  • can demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge in a relevant animal science discipline to any of the above qualifications.

Recommended entry requirements

  • It is recommended that the student owns or has access to a minimum of two (2) different species of animals throughout the duration of this course, in order to meet their learning needs and support the achievement of assessment outcomes.

Limitations to entry

  • Students are required to complete a minimum of 240 hours of work placement.
  • Students must have access to a reliable internet connection that will support video conferencing (e.g. Zoom, Collaborate etc.)
  • Students must have access to a computer or tablet that will support course work to be completed in our Learning Management System Moodle. This also needs to include a headset (integrated microphone and earphones).

Pre-requisites

Not Applicable

Online requirement

Participants will require access to a computer and an internet connection.

Fees

Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information

N/A

Placement

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed a minimum of 240 hours of work placement as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the relevant units of competency
Placement is arranged by: Student

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Participants will require access to a computer and an internet connection.

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Course Modules

Course units
ACMGAS307 Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
ACMSPE310 Provide Basic Care Of Mammals
ACMSPE303 Provide basic care of common native mammals
ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats
ACMVET401 Coordinate veterinary reception duties
ACMVET402 Apply imaging routines
ACMVET405 Coordinate and perform surgical nursing routines
ACMVET409 Provide specific animal care advice
ACMVET416 Assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisons
ACMGAS308 Communicate effectively with clients and team members
ACMVET202 Carry out daily practice routines
ACMVET403 Perform clinical pathology procedures
ACMVET404 Perform practice office procedures
ACMVET406 Nurse animals
ACMVET407 Carry out medical nursing routines
ACMVET408 Provide nutritional advice and support for animals
ACMVET410 Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures
ACMVET413 Prepare for anaesthesia and monitor animal anaesthesia and analgesia

Assessment

Assessment Practical experiences, Problem solving, Documents/folio, Journals, Case studies, Projects, Written assessment, Practical demonstrations, Workplace/Practical assessment this course will include a combination of competency based assessment methods