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Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing ACM40412

Overview

This program enables you to perform veterinary nursing duties under minimal supervision in all aspects of veterinary practice. The course involves part-time study while working at a vet practice.

The responsibilities of veterinary nurses involve providing quality care to a range of sick and injured animals. These include; monitoring anaesthetics, medicating and triaging sick pets, performing minor surgical procedures, undertaking a range of diagnostic tests, dental procedures and performing office duties.

Qualification: Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing ACM40412
Program No: C4-FE28
Campus: CIT Bruce 
Duration: 18 months part-time (approx.12 hours per week)
Likely Job Outcome: Work in veterinary practices and animal hospitals, animal welfare organisations, research and teaching institutions.
Application Type: Public
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Additional Information

You must have access to a veterinary practice (at least 2 days a week) to complete the study and assessment requirements of the program.

You will be required to wear suitable protective clothing when dealing with animals and in the laboratory.

Entry Requirements / How to Apply

You must have access to a veterinary practice to complete the study and assessment requirements of the program.
You must have completed Year 10 (or equivalent) or be mature age or have a Vocational Education and Training Certificate II qualification.
Students may be required to attend an interview and/or skills assessment.

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Literacy Skills Information

We suggest that you will need Australian Core Skills Framework literacy levels of at least 3 across reading, writing, learning, oral communication and, depending on your program of study, numeracy skills to successfully complete this program. See below to check your literacy skills. If you do not have this level, you can still enrol and seek support to improve your skills or you may prefer to begin with the lower level program. Please visit Education and Community or phone (02) 6207 4872 to have a chat to one of our teachers.

Transition Information

Qualifications at CIT are regularly updated or replaced to meet current industry needs and maximise your employment opportunities. If this occurs while you are part way through a qualification, you may need to vary your learning to meet the new national requirements. CIT will aim to make this as smooth as possible for you.

Subject Cancellations/Changes

To ensure positive outcomes for all students, CIT may need to cancel or change classes at short notice. CIT will make every effort to inform students as soon as changes are made and will also make every effort to offer alternative arrangements for students to meet the requirements of the subject and complete their qualification. In an unfortunate instance when this cannot be met, you will receive a full refund. Please ensure you maintain current contact details via CIT Self Service or by contacting CIT Student Services at infoline@cit.edu.au.


Subject Information

Core - complete all 19 subjects

  • ACMGAS202A  Participate in workplace communications
    • CIT Code: COMM361
      Cost: $40.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the process of effectively participating in workplace communications in an animal care and management environment.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMGAS204A  Feed and water animals
    • CIT Code: ANIM195
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the process of preparing, presenting and distributing food and water for animals under supervision and according to workplace diet requirements.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMGAS205A  Assist in health care of animals
    • CIT Code: ANIM196
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the process of providing assistance to experienced staff in the capture, restraint and assessment of animals and the preparation, application and documentation of treatments.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMGAS208A  Source information for animal care needs
    • CIT Code: ANIM198
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the processes required to gather information on medications and services for animals and relate these to individual animal requirements and audience needs.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMINF301A  Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work
    • CIT Code: ANIM206
      Cost: $120.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the process required to comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care workplaces and relevant field locations.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMVET201A  Carry out veterinary nursing reception duties
    • CIT Code: VETN160
      Cost: $60.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the process of compiling patient (animal) and client (animal owner) histories, maintaining records and consulting the veterinarian as required.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMVET202A  Carry out daily clinic routines
    • CIT Code: VETN161
      Cost: $80.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the process of treating patients (animals) on a daily basis, maintaining clinic hygiene and assisting with inventory and clinic security.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMVET203A  Assist with surgery preparation
    • CIT Code: VETN162
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the process of assisting with the preparation of patients (animals) and the theatre for surgery, providing pre- and post-operative patient care and cleaning surgical and theatre equipment in a veterinary clinic
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMVET401A  Coordinate patient admission and discharge
    • CIT Code: VETN163
      Cost: $80.00
      Description:

      This Unit of Competency covers the process of coordinating patient admission and discharge. It also includes providing initial veterinary nursing care to patients (animals) and grief support to clients (animal owners).

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMVET402A  Apply imaging routines
    • CIT Code: VETN180
      Cost: $160.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the process of implementing and completing imaging routines, in accordance with established industry sequences and clinic policies and procedures, and follow specific instructions from the veterinarian.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMVET403A  Perform clinic pathology procedures
    • CIT Code: PATH116
      Cost: $180.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the process of collecting biological samples and performing pathology procedures. The integrity of the sample must be maintained in accordance with veterinarian instructions when conducting clinic examinations and in preparing consignments to diagnostic laboratories.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMVET404A  Perform clinic office procedures
    • CIT Code: VETN165
      Cost: $60.00
      Description:

      This Unit of Competency covers the process of maintaining veterinary supplies, controlling stock, maintaining clinic accounts and preparing and processing clinic correspondence.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMVET405A  Carry out surgical nursing routines
    • CIT Code: VETN166
      Cost: $200.00
      Description:   This unit of competency covers the process of preparing the surgical environment and providing total support for the surgeon. The Unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare for, and provide support during and after, routine and non-routine surgical procedures, including monitoring patients while they are under anaesthesia.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMVET406A  Nurse animals
    • CIT Code: VETN167
      Cost: $160.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the process of providing high quality nursing care for all patients (animals) treated or housed at the clinic. It includes providing advice to clients (owners), monitoring animals and providing animal first aid as required.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMVET407A  Carry out medical nursing routines
    • CIT Code: VETN168
      Cost: $80.00
      Description:   This unit of competency covers the process of providing the skills to implement medical nursing routines, including the preparation and handling of patients (animals) and equipment for specific routines.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMVET408A  Coordinate and perform theatre routines
    • CIT Code: VETN169
      Cost: $80.00
      Description:   This unit of competency covers the process of preparing, cleaning and maintaining theatre and equipment as well as preparing personnel for the performance of surgical procedures.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMVET409A  Provide specific animal care advice
    • CIT Code: VETN170
      Cost: $240.00
      Description:

      This Unit of Competency covers the process of providing advice to clients (owners) about animal care, nutrition, behaviour and products. All advice must be provided in a competent manner and in accordance with clinic policies and procedures.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMVET410A  Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures
    • CIT Code: VETN171
      Cost: $100.00
      Description:   This unit of competency covers the processes of performing a dental prophylaxis and assisting with simple extractions.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMWHS301A  Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
    • CIT Code: ANIM225
      Cost: $100.00
      Description:

      This unit of competency covers the process required by an employee to contribute to workplace health and safety processes where there is responsibility for own work outputs and possibly limited responsibility for the work output of others.

      Prerequisites: Nil

Electives - complete all 4 subjects

  • ACMSPE310A  Provide basic care of mammals
    • CIT Code: ANIM216
      Cost: $180.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the process of identifying mammals and their behavioural and physical needs, providing daily care requirements, assisting with behavioural and basic preventative health measures.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMSPE312A  Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits
    • CIT Code: ANIM218
      Cost: $120.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the process of identifying rodents and rabbits and their behavioural and physical needs, providing daily care requirements, assisting with behavioural requirements and basic preventative health measures.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMSPE302A  Provide basic care of birds
    • CIT Code: ANIM208
      Cost: $90.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the process of identifying birds and their behavioural and physical needs, providing daily care requirements, assisting with behavioural requirements and basic preventative health measures.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMSUS301A  Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
    • CIT Code: ENVI193
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit of competency covers the process required to analyse the workplace in an effective manner in relation to environmentally sustainable work practices and to implement improvements and monitor their effectiveness.
      Prerequisites: Nil

Related Courses

Certificate III Companion Animal Services ACM30410
Non-Accredited Training Basic First Aid for Dogs

More Information

For more information about this course please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email infoline@cit.edu.au