Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing - ACM40418

Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT)

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00001K

This qualification reflects the role of a veterinary nurse who works under the supervision of a registered veterinarian to provide nursing care to animals, to support veterinarians to carry out medical and surgical procedures, and to support clients to maintain health of animals.The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing requires access to patients (animals), clients, medical and surgical cases, veterinary staff, and practice policies and procedures.To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 240 hours of work placement 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 relevant legislation and regulations in the development of training and assessment strategies.


  • Assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisons
  • Coordinate practice promotional activities
  • Relate equine anatomical and physiological features to equine health care requirements
  • Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
  • Maintain and monitor horse health and welfare
  • Communicate effectively with clients and team members
  • Carry out medical nursing routines
  • Determine nutritional needs in provision of horse health care
  • Carry out daily practice routines
  • Perform clinical pathology procedures
  • Prepare for anaesthesia and monitor animal anaesthesia and analgesia
  • Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
  • Handle horses safely
  • Nurse foals
  • Provide basic care of domestic dogs
  • Assist with artificial insemination of mares
  • Perform practice office procedures
  • Provide basic care of mammals
  • Provide basic care of amphibians
  • Coordinate veterinary reception duties
  • Provide basic care of marine fish
  • Provide basic care of marine invertebrates
  • Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures
  • Prepare, deliver and review animal care education programs
  • Coordinate and perform surgical nursing routines
  • Provide basic care of birds
  • Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits
  • Provide specific animal care advice
  • Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
  • Implant microchip in cats and dogs
  • Provide first aid
  • Provide intensive foal care and nursing
  • Provide basic care of non-venomous reptiles
  • Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
  • Provide basic care of common native mammals
  • Apply imaging routines
  • Provide basic care of domestic cats
  • Provide basic care of terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates
  • Provide basic care of freshwater fish
  • Nurse animals
  • Provide nutritional advice and support for animals
  • Carry out procedures for foaling down mares
  • Develop and implement specific practice policies

Standard entry requirements

Entry into this qualification is open to individuals who:hold a Certificate II in Animal StudiesORhold a relevant Certificate III or higher level qualification in an animal science disciplineORcan demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge in a relevant animal science discipline to any of the above qualifications.Refer to the Companion Volume Implementation Guide for details.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
CIT Bruce No
  • Part-time : 2 years

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