Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing

Melbourne Polytechnic

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00724G

This program is the first para-professional veterinary nursing qualification of this level available in Australia. It is designed to produce highly skilled clinicians with exceptional levels of practical skill, knowledge and in-depth understanding gained through a stimulating exploration of the academic underpinnings of the field.


Students will actively participate in a combination of academic and practical hands-on learning. Clinical placements throughout study will offer extensive opportunities to apply the theory and practices learned on campus in real life settings. The final semester includes an internship-like 6 month period, where students will undertake placements in a range of areas of interest. This ongoing comprehensive practical clinical experience will ensure that students are work ready and a highly employable graduate.


  • Anaesthesia
  • Animal anatomy
  • Animal care and management
  • Animal health
  • Animal physiology
  • Animal welfare and ethics
  • Communication skills
  • Evidence based approach
  • Human and physical resource management
  • Radiology
  • Veterinary nursing practice

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 or equivalent
  • A study score of at least 20 in any English and a study score of at least 20 in one of any Mathematics, Chemistry or Biology
  • Or successful completion of a Diploma course in Veterinary Nursing or a related area
  • Or at least 2 years of related industry experience

Study pathways

Diploma of Veterinary Nursing

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Epping No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

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