Diploma of Veterinary Nursing - ACM50219

Bendigo TAFE

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 01218G

This qualification reflects the role of a senior veterinary nurse who works under the supervision of a registered veterinarian, to provide leadership to staff and advanced nursing care for animals including applying specialist skills and in-depth knowledge to patient assessment, care and management within a veterinary workplace. The Diploma of Veterinary Nursing requires access and regular exposure to patients (animals), clients, consults, medical and surgical cases, veterinary staff, nursing, and practice policies and procedures.To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 240 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the relevant units of competency.The scope of practice for veterinary nurses is determined by state and territory legislative and regulatory requirements. Users of this qualification must refer to the legislation and regulations in the development of training and assessment strategies.


  • Provide nursing support for critical care surgery
  • Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Lead and manage team effectiveness
  • Manage quality customer service
  • Provide veterinary dental nursing support for advanced veterinary dental surgery
  • Produce veterinary dental oral cavity images
  • Apply principles of animal behaviour
  • Apply veterinary nursing pathophysiology
  • Perform emergency procedures to sustain life
  • Manage nursing requirements for specialised surgical procedures
  • Prepare for veterinary emergency response
  • Manage workplace health and safety processes
  • Support veterinary practice communication and professional development
  • Manage veterinary nursing procedures
  • Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace
  • Carry out post-operative nursing routines

Standard entry requirements

Entry into this qualification is open to individuals who:hold a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing or other equivalent veterinary nursing qualification\tANDhave extensive experience working at Certificate IV level or above in a veterinary practice, and has demonstrated the ability to:work autonomously and within an interprofessional teamindependently provide nursing care for a broad range of medical and surgical conditions for a variety of speciescommunicate effectively with a variety of people within the organisationsupervise and direct other staff within the workplaceproblem solve and support others within the working environmentindependently support clients to maintain animal healthdevelop and review organisational administration processesmaintain currency of industry skills and knowledge.Refer to the Companion Volume Implementation Guide for details.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Charleston Road Domestic: $9,759
  • Flexible Delivery : 1 year

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