Course Description

The ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing will let you develop you passion and expertise and turn you into a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse.

A thorough education in all the areas of vet nursing, the course will teach you:

  • Animal anatomy, biology and body systems
  • How to provide specific animal care, treatment and advice
  • Surgery practice and procedures
  • How to carry out vet nursing, imaging, surgical and dental routines
  • In-depth knowledge of animal nutrition
  • How to perform clinic pathology procedures
  • The art of communicating with veterinarians, colleagues and pet owners
  • Workplace health and safety practices
  • Clinical office procedures and reception duties.

By studying Open Colleges’ Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing you get the best of both worlds: the flexibility of online study and the practical hands-on experience of a work placement. You will need to have your placement locked in by Module 3.

Open Colleges’ partnership with Greencross Vets, means that students have access to a number of work placement opportunities in NSW, Victoria and South Australia. An application process applies to work placements with Greencross Vets. Contact us to learn more about this partnership.

Offered in partnership with TAFE NSW North Region, the Certificate IV is a nationally recognised qualification that you can use to gain work in veterinary clinics and animal hospitals across Australia. 

This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

Potential career outcomes

  • Animal Hospital Assistant
  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Wildlife Hospital Nurse