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ACM40412 - Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Smart and Skilled

This course is on the NSW skills list. Students in NSW may be eligible for a Government subsidised price.

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Work Placement

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Course description

This qualification is for people wanting to work with animals within a veterinary clinic or those already employed in the care of animals as a veterinary nurse.

The qualification helps you develop the skills needed to perform veterinary nursing duties in a variety of workplace situations under minimal supervision. Duties include patient admission and discharge, office procedures, radiography, pathology, surgery, dental procedures, nursing animals and providing animal care advice to the public.

By completing this qualification you will be able to work in a team environment with veterinarians and other veterinary nurses to supply quality care to a range of sick and injured animals. You will be able to work safely in a variety of locations including examination rooms, surgical theatres, offices and outdoor animal facilities.

Units of study

Core Units

All units must be completed

Unit Code Unit Name
ACMGAS202A Participate in Workplace Communications
ACMGAS204A Feed and water animals
ACMGAS205A Assist in health care of animals
ACMGAS208A Source information for animal care needs
ACMINF301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work
ACMVET201A Carry out veterinary nursing reception duties
ACMVET202A Carry out daily clinic routines
ACMVET203A Assist with surgery preparation
ACMVET401A Coordinate patient admission and discharge
ACMVET402A Apply imaging routines
ACMVET403A Perform clinic pathology procedures
ACMVET404A Perform clinic office procedures
ACMVET405A Carry out surgical nursing routines
ACMVET406A Nurse animals
ACMVET407A Carry out medical nursing routines
ACMVET408A Coordinate and perform theatre routines
ACMVET409A Provide specific animal care advice
ACMVET410A Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures
ACMWHS301A Contribute to workplace health and safety processes

Elective Units

Four (4) units must be competed

Unit Code Unit Name
ACMSPE304A Provide basic care of dogs
ACMGAS301A Maintain & monitor animal health & wellbeing
ACMGAS302A Provide enrichment for animals
ACMGAS303A Plan for & provide nutritional requirements for animals
Requirements
  • You are required to complete a minimum 480hrs of paid employment or volunteer work in a workplace in order to complete the practical aspects of the course.
  • You will need to be reasonably physically fit to undertake the work placement as the tasks and activities associated with the work placement involve handling animals and may involve manual lifting.
  • The workplace you select must provide a range of services to various animal species. Suitable workplaces include: veterinary practices, and animal hospitals.
  • Assessment events for this course will require verification that you can perform tasks to the required standard by your workplace supervisor.
  • Complete details of the requirements of the workplace are available in the workplace assessment kit.
  • You will also need to video certain practical tasks so will need access to a digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video and image files. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
  • Assessment events for this course will require verification that you can perform tasks to the required standard by your workplace supervisor. Complete details of the requirements of the workplace are available in the workplace assessment kit. You will also need to video certain practical tasks so will need access to a digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video and image files. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
Frequently Asked Questions
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ACM40412 specific FAQs
Before gaining entry to a course, why do I need a Unique Student Identifier (USI)? How do I obtain one?
All students are required to have a USI, before their enrolment is confirmed. If you have not created your USI and are intending to study, you should create your free USI now. Get more information by visiting usi.gov.au. You will need to have proof of your identity to complete the process. Once you have a USI you will have a secure online record of your nationally recognised training which you can access anytime and anywhere. If you have any questions, or need assistance creating your USI, please contact TAFEnow by phone or chat.
What qualifications or experience are recommended to meet the course’s entry requirements?
You will need Year 10 or equivalent OR relevant qualifications OR relevant vocational experience.

To register your interest in the course you will need to organise work experience, providing a letter from a relevant business or organisation stating that you are undertaking a minimum of 480 hours of paid or volunteer work. This is necessary to complete the practical aspects of the course. The letter just needs to state that the facility will be taking for 8 hours of voluntary/paid work on a weekly basis for at least 12 months. Please ask for this on letterhead.
At a minimum, what computer skills and software do I require for my course?

You don't have to be a computer whiz to succeed in online learning, but you should be comfortable typing, using the internet and email, chatting to your teachers or others online, reading course content online, using common software and performing other basic tasks.

Minimum specifications for your computer are:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later, or Mac OS X or above
  • Microsoft Office or equivalent
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Up-to-date internet browser

You may also need access to:

  • A printer/scanner to print and scan documents for uploading.
  • A smart phone/digital video to video practical tasks for some courses
What are the requirements for work placement?
You will need to do 10 hours a week of work placement over 12 months. Candidates must gain access to a veterinary clinic whilst undertaking study for this qualification. It is essential for meeting assessment requirements. Access may be through either paid employment or substantial periods of work placement or work experience blocks. Candidates undertaking equine elective units will require access to work experience and/or employment within an equine veterinary clinic or hospital.
How will I contact TAFEnow if I’m having a problem? How long will it take to get a response?
If you are having trouble accessing your course resources or navigating the TAFEnow website after enrolling, you should contact one of our Customer Help Officers on 1300 823 366. They are available Monday to Thursday 8am to 8pm and 8am to 5pm on Fridays.
If your query is specific to a unit you are studying and requires a subject matter expert, you should contact your unit facilitator. Their contact details are located on every unit. You should make contact via email. If you require over the phone support and appointment can be requested.
Can I do my work placement in my current workplace?
Yes, you can do work placement at your current workplace if it is suitable faciltity. You must have a workplace supervisor with a relevant Vet Nursing qualification to sign off your assessment tasks.
Is there tutor support available after hours?
TAFEnow has teamed up with the national service YourTutor to offer students live online help with things like essay and report writing, study skills and referencing. You can make contact with a tutor from 3pm to 11pm Sunday to Friday, via your Moodle course page or drop off a writing file and receive feedback in less than 24 hours. Watch this short, informative video for more information.
This service is additional to the specific subject help that your unit facilitator can provide.
Are there any supervised exams required?
Yes, there will be exams requiring supervision from your appointed work supervisor.
How will I access extra course resources or talk to a librarian?
If you want make contact with a TAFEnow librarian to access further course resources, go to tafenow.com.au/library-ask-us. Then type in your reference query. A librarian on chat will show you how to search the library catalogue and how to use our specialised subject guides to find extra information for assessments.
Will I need to buy any text books or other equipment for this course?
The BSAVA Textbook of Veterinary Nursing (5th edition) will be sent out to you when you are near to starting the third group of units.
How will I send in my assessment tasks?
Once you enrol you will work from the learning platform of our website. Your course information will tell you what assessment events you are required to and provide instructions on how to upload them so your assessor gets them. If you are asked to send video or audio evidence for an assessment you can upload it to YouTube, Vimeo or DropBox and just upload the URL to the course website so we know where to look.
Is this course available through TAFEnow as a traineeship? How do I go about securing a traineeship?
Yes, you can combine work and study as a trainee. There are several ways to gain a traineeship:
  • Approach employers you would like to work for directly and let them know of your availability for a traineeship. You can telephone, email or visit them.
  • You should also approach large organisations that you know offer traineeships (or example large energy companies a government transport company like rail or bus.
  • Look for job vacancies in your local and state newspapers as well as on major job boards.
  • Many people get traineeship offers from employers they are already doing a part-time job for.
What happens if I fail a unit or an assessment event? What is TAFEnow’s re-submission policy?
Your teacher/assessor will provide feedback on your assessment event and will let you know if you have met the requirements. If you have not met the requirements, you will have one extra attempt to resubmit your assessment and get it to the required standard to become competent in this unit. If you do not succeed in your second attempt a fee may be charged for an assessor to mark your third submission.
On completion of this course, what is the pathway to further study?
TAFEnow offers a variety of business administration qualifications which may suit the aspiring practice manager. The Diploma of Business Administration would skill you to manage the systems, records management, document design, recruitment and induction roles of a veterinary practice or group of practices.
Can I transfer to a campus class if I struggle online?
Before considering a change it is best to discuss your options with TAFEnow’s Educational Support Officers who may be able to arrange additional support for your studies. If your course is available at an NC TAFE campus you may be able to transfer. Please contact the customer contact centre.
What will this course qualify me to do and what type of jobs will I be able to get? What is the future outlook like for jobs in this field?
This course is for people wanting to work with animals in a veterinary clinic or for those already employed in the care of animals as a veterinary nurse. Some graduates find work looking after animals in veterinary research, zoos, wildlife parks, animal welfare organisations or teaching institutions.

The Australian Government’s Jobs Outlook website provides a detailed look at job prospects in this field, which are strong in the long term.
If I do a course with TAFEnow, can I get an extension on my visa?
You must apply for a visa extension directly with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. TAFEnow can provide you with a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) once you’ve enrolled in a course as proof of your student status, but is unable to assist with your visa application.
What if I need a full-time course?
Completion in 18 months is considered full-time. On enrolment, please let our Customer Help team know that you need to study full-time. They will adjust the time frame of your enrolment to reflect a full-time study load and can then provide you with a Confirmation of Enrolment form for Centrelink.
How much time should I study this course for each week (on average) to complete in the required time?
You have up to 24 months to complete this course. This course will take around 15 hours a week of study and work placement based on 96 weeks of participation. If you have industry, experience and knowledge may find you complete more rapidly. As you are studying flexibly, this is a guide only and you should use your course study planner to plan your studies in more detail.
What if English is not my first language?
If English is not your first language and you did not comp-lete the lasr two years of secondary education in English, you are required to provide evidence of English language competency before enrollinh into the course. Examples of appropriate evidence are listed below:
  • IELTS - Overall score of 5.5
  • TOEFL - One of the following:
    • 530 (paper)
    • 197 (computer)
    • 71 (internet)
  • Evidence of 12 months in English-speaking employment - Testimonial or statutory decleration
I’m currently living overseas, is it okay for me to do this course?
It depends where you are and your access to a suitable veterinary clinic with similar equipment and standards to Australia. It will be very difficult to monitor your work experience, but please contact us to discuss this aspect.
Course Fees

Concession Fee
$240.00

More Information

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government and eligibility criteria apply.
There may be limited government-subsidised places available.
You need to live or work in NSW and receive one or more of the following eligible Commonwealth benefits or allowances at the time you enrol.

You may be eligible if you receive:

  • Age Pension
  • Austudy
  • Carer Payment
  • Disability Support Pension (second or subsequent course enrolment per year)
  • Exceptional Circumstances Relief Payment
  • Family Tax Benefit Part A (maximum rate)
  • Farm Household Allowance
  • Newstart Allowance
  • Parenting Payment (Single)
  • Sickness Allowance
  • Special Benefit
  • Veterans' Affairs Payments
  • Veterans' Children Education Scheme
  • Widow Allowance
  • Widow Pension (including Widow 'B' Pension)
  • Wife Pension
  • Youth Allowance
To complete your enrolment, you must provide your Centrelink Reference Number (CRN) so that your eligibility for a concession can be validated. In some circumstances, you may need to fill in the Concession Fee application or provide documentation to support your application. (Your documentation may be provided via the Centrelink Express Plus Mobile App.)

Contact us:
  • to find out if you are eligible for a concession fee.
  • for a personal fee assessment.
  • to discuss payment options and loans available to you.


Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.


Subsidised Student Fee
$2770.00 - $3240.00

More Information

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government and eligibility criteria apply.
The fee you pay will vary depending on your personal circumstances and eligibility for a subsidised place, a Fee-Free Scholarship, a concession or an exemption.
There may be limited government-subsidised places available.
If you do not gain a subsidised place, you may be able to enrol and pay the full fee.

Contact us:

  • to find out if you are eligible for a subsidised place.
  • for a personal fee assessment.
  • to discuss payment options and loans available to you.

Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.


Fee Free Scholarship
$0.00

More Information

The NSW Government is offering Fee-Free Scholarships to support people aged 15 - 30 with their training under Smart and Skilled.

Eligible students will be exempt from paying their course fee for qualifications from Certificate I to Certificate IV, including apprenticeship and traineeships courses with up to 50,000 scholarships per year across NSW.

You may be eligible if you:

  • meet the Smart and Skilled personal and program eligibility rules. Find out using the Eligibility Checker.
  • are aged between 15 and 30 years old when you start training.
  • want to study a Smart and Skilled subsidised Certificate I, Certificate II, Certificate III or Certificate IV level qualification on the NSW Skills List, including those qualifications that support apprenticeships and traineeships.
  • are either a Commonwealth Welfare recipient, a dependent of a Commonwealth Welfare recipient OR either currently or previously in out-of-home care.
Contact us:
  • to find out if you are eligible for a Fee-Free Scholarship.
  • for a personal fee assessment.
  • to discuss payment options and loans available to you for any other course costs.
Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.


Exemption
$0.00

More Information

An exemption is where no course fee is charged to the student. For exemptions, the government-subsidises the total cost of the course fee for the qualification. There may be other additional costs, such as textbooks that you need to pay.

You may be eligible for an exemption from the course fee if you:

  • are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (through descent, self-identification or community identification).
  • meet the Smart and Skilled disability criteria, (proof of a disability support pension or documentary evidence from an appropriate medical professional is required).
  • are the recognised dependent of disability support pension recipient.
Contact us:
  • to find out if you are eligible for a course fee exemption.
  • for a personal fee assessment.
  • to discuss payment options and loans available to you for any additional costs.
Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.


Fee for Service
$4700.00

More Information

There are no fee exemptions, concessions or subsidies available for this price. You are required to contribute to the full cost of your course. Your tuition fee includes all essential study materials.
Extra study resources may be available to enhance your learning and will attract an additional charge.
You may also be eligible for a VET Student Loan for some Diploma and Advanced Diploma level courses.
Contact us:

  • for a personal fee assessment.
  • to discuss payment options and loans available to you.
Course prices, charges, and study modes are subject to change without notice and may vary annually.


Your government subsidised fee, and your eligibility for concessions, exemptions and scholarships, are all calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. The 2017 subsidised fees indicated on this page are indicative only and based on 2016 fees. The state government may make some small changes to fees and subsidies for 2017 enrolments and we will update our site if and when that happens.
Industry Insights

Trends

SPENT ANNUALLY ON DOGS
SPENT ANNUALLY ON CATS
OF HOUSEHOLDS OWN A DOG
OF HOUSEHOLDS OWN A CAT

Estimated Employment in the Pet Care Industry - 2009

Industry Area Estimated Employees
Pet Food Manufacturing 4,543
Pet Care Products 16,147
Veterinary Services 20,600
Pet Care Services 6,337
TOTAL 47,627

Australian Pet Population - 2009

Pet Type Number of Pets
Dogs 3,405,000
Cats 2,350,000
Fish 18,397,000
Birds 8,100,000
Other 1,060,000
TOTAL 33,312,000

Source: 'Australian Companion Animal Council 2010 Report' Animal Health Alliance

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At a glance

Course Code: ACM40412
Course Duration: 24 months
Units: 23
Recognition: Nationally
Cost: $4,700
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