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

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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