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Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing ACM40412

Overview

This course enables you to perform veterinary nursing duties under minimal supervision in all aspects of veterinary practice. It 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)
Cost Info:

The 2019 enrolment fees for this course are based on the costs per subject as indicated below.

Subject costs identified as Profile apply to Standard students and are partially subsidised by the ACT Government. Concessions may be available to eligible students.

Costs identified as Apprentice or Trainee apply only to students studying as part of an Australian Apprenticeship arrangement. The qualification cost for an Apprentice or Trainee is subsidised by the ACT Government. Concessions may be available to eligible Apprentices or Trainees.

Costs identified as Commercial are full fee (FF) and receive no government subsidy. Concessions are not available.

Further information about fees is available at Course fees and assistance

Information about studying under Skilled Capital is also available.

Indicative Cost: $3,123
Likely Job Outcome: Work in veterinary practices and animal hospitals, animal welfare organisations, research and teaching institutions.
Enrolment Type: Standard
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Timetable Information

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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 completed Year 10 or have a Certificate II in Animal Studies or relevant work or other practical experience. You may be asked to attend an interview and/or skills assessment.

To study any course at CIT (excluding degrees and non-accredited training) you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

  • 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. 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 Foundation Skills 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



Complete 23 subjects

Core: Complete all 19

  • ACMGAS202A   Participate in workplace communications
    • CIT Code: COMM361
      Cost: Profile $43.00
      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: Profile $86.00
      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: Profile $186.00
      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: Profile $86.00
      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: Profile $129.00
      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: Profile $64.50
      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: Profile $86.00
      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: Profile $186.00
      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: Profile $86.00
      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: Profile $172.00
      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: Profile $250.50
      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: Profile $64.50
      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: Profile $272.00
      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: Profile $172.00
      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: Profile $86.00
      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: Profile $86.00
      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: Profile $258.00
      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: Profile $186.00
      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: Profile $107.50
      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 4

  • ACMVET411A   Prepare, deliver and review animal care education programs
    • CIT Code: VETN172
      Cost: Profile $107.50
      Description: This Unit of Competency covers the process of actively participating in the preparation and review of animal care education programs and their implementation within the community at large.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMGAS303   Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals
    • CIT Code: ANIM247
      Cost: Profile $129.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to calculate rations based on animal species needs and availability of foodstuffs.The unit applies to individuals working under supervision in the animal care industry where it may be necessary to plan nutritional requirements for animals, including but not restricted to companion animals in pet shops, boarding kennels and catteries, dog and cat breeding establishments, research technology animals, native and exotic animals in zoos, wildlife parks and animal rescue and rehabilitation facilities.No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMGAS308   Communicate effectively with clients and team members
    • CIT Code: ANIM268
      Cost: Profile $64.50
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to communicate effectively with clients, a supervisor, team members and industry representatives.The unit applies to individuals who work in organisations in operational roles with some supervision. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • ACMGAS307   Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
    • CIT Code: ANIM269
      Cost: Profile $215.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to identify animal anatomy and physiological functions of animals. It incorporates knowledge of animal classification, animal body systems, physiological functions and external anatomical features of animals to recognise normal health. The unit applies to individuals who work primarily with mammals, but also birds and reptiles, in animal care environments. No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil

Related Courses

Certificate III Companion Animal Services ACM30417
Certificate II Animal Studies ACM20117

More Information

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