How to become a Veterinary Nurse

Veterinary nurses provide support to veterinarians in the management and care of animals receiving medical and surgical treatment.

Personal requirements of a Veterinary Nurse

  • Enjoy working with animals
  • Able to handle animals with confidence and patience
  • Able to make accurate observations
  • Good communication skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Able to work as part of a team

Education & Training for a Veterinary Nurse

To become a veterinary nurse you usually have to complete a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a veterinary nurse through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.5%

NSW 36.1%

NT 1.7%

QLD 21.3%

SA 7.9%

TAS 1.9%

VIC 26%

WA 3.7%

Hours worked:



below average

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 29.2%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 46.2%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 24.5%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 64.9%

Above 35 years: 32.1%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
Students are usually required to organise access to a veterinary clinic for full-time or part-time employment and work practice. After completing the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and gaining 12 months of experience, you may be able to apply for accreditation with the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia (VNCA). Veterinary nurses in WA are required to register with the Veterinary Surgeons' Board of WA.
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