Want a career caring for animals?
When you complete the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing you will be ready for a career as a veterinary nurse, or animal welfare worker.
Gain these skills:
- work effectively in a veterinary practice
- provide care to a wide variety of animals
- assist with surgery preparation and procedures
- perform pathology and imaging procedures
- provide post-surgery care and advice
- workplace safety and health
This course is popular and highly competitive to get into. Please ensure you enter all your work and work experience, both related to the field and unrelated, in your application.
Part time studies – study this course with us part time including one day a week at campus in Semester 1 and one day a week at a workplace in industry. Your work placement must be arranged by you prior to applying to study. To take up this option, revisit here when Semester 1 applications are open.
Entry into this qualification is open to students who:
- hold a Certificate II in Animal Studies 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.
Attendance in class
The full-time study mode course runs over two semesters, the part-time study mode course runs over four semesters. Students studying full-time will be required to attend campus 3 days per week for face-to-face classes. Students studying part-time will be required to attend campus 1 day per week. Both study options require a minimum of 1 day (8 hours) per week work placement as a trainee veterinary nurse in a private veterinary practice for the duration of the course. Some units of this qualification may be delivered via blended delivery model which involves both online and face to face learning.
As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 1 day of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.
Students will be required to complete a minimum of 240 hours (at least one day per week or 8 hours per week) as a trainee veterinary nurse in a private veterinary practice for the duration of their studies. In Western Australia, students are required to be approved by the Veterinary Surgeons Board and be supervised by a registered veterinary surgeon to perform the duties and veterinary services as a trainee veterinary nurse, as set out in the regulations 65 and 66 of the Veterinary Surgeons Regulations of 1979.
Uniforms and workwear requirements: enclosed, non-slip shoes and SM TAFE scrub top and pants.
What you need for your first day of class
On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID, stationery (pen, pencil, exercise book, eraser, ruler and calculator) and wear enclosed non-slip footwear.
In addition, the following uniform is required to be purchased and worn at all practical activities:
- SM TAFE scrub top and pants - these can be ordered at orientation
Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.
SM TAFE actively promotes the employment availability of course graduates to key industry partners and organisations. We also seek expressions of interest from organisations for the placement of our students into work experience. We endeavour to assist students into a career pathway, but please be aware that neither employment nor work experience placement is guaranteed by us.
To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.
Study options and next steps
Click on your preferred study mode below to get started with your application.