ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

National ID
ACM40418
WA Course Code
BED9
CRICOS code
0101518

Why choose this course?

Turn your love for animals into a rewarding career as a veterinary nurse or animal welfare worker with this qualification.

Learn the skills to work effectively in a veterinary practice, providing care to a wide variety of animals, assisting with surgery preparation and procedures, performing pathology and imaging procedures, providing post-surgery care and advice, and workplace safety and health.

Bentley campus offers a live veterinary clinic with surgery facilities that is open to staff, students and the public. The clinic provides an opportunity for you to participate in practical training and exposure to a range of animals with various medical and surgical conditions. The clinic will allow you to develop your skills and knowledge in a safe and supported environment and prepare you for industry placements. 


Career opportunities

  • Animal Carer
  • Animal Welfare Worker
  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Veterinary Surgical Assistant

  • An IELTS score (academic) of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.0 or equivalent.

  • Completion of ACM30417 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services is required for entry into this course.

Please refer to the Non-Tuition Fees section of your Letter of Offer for any additional requirements where a cost may be incurred.

Your study options

Semester 2, 2023

At this campus
South Metropolitan TAFE has a live works veterinary clinic, with surgery facilities, that is open to staff, students and the public. The clinic provides students with exposure to a range of animals with various medical and surgical conditions. The clinic allows students to develop their skills and knowledge in a safe and supported environment and positions students well, prior to their industry placements.
Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 2, 2023
Where | South Metropolitan TAFE (52787)
How | On campus and work placement, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $14,260
  • Resources fee: $1,734
  • Materials fee: $306

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

Students are required to undertake approximately 240 hours of work placement during this course. This work placement is undertaken one day per week at a private veterinary clinic for the duration of the course. This placement is arranged by the student with help from SMT staff who have a list of approved practices. The students attend the SM TAFE in-house clinic/surgery one day per week throughout the course.  These placements help to strengthen the skills and knowledge learnt during their studies in a real workplace environment.  Students are supervised during off campus placements by staff at the Clinic and these supervision and support requirements are fully documented. An SMT Lecturer will conduct workplace visits to provide ongoing support and coaching and will observe and assess the student's performance.

ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing - BED9
2 semesters

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 21 units. These 21 are comprised of 17 core units and 4 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • ACMGAS307 Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
  • ACMGAS308 Communicate effectively with clients and team members
  • ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
  • ACMVET202 Carry out daily practice routines
  • ACMVET401 Coordinate veterinary reception duties
  • ACMVET402 Apply imaging routines
  • ACMVET403 Perform clinic pathology procedures
  • ACMVET404 Perform practice office procedures
  • ACMVET405 Coordinate and perform surgical nursing routines
  • ACMVET406 Nurse animals
  • ACMVET407 Carry out medical nursing routines
  • ACMVET408 Provide nutritional advice and support for animals
  • ACMVET409 Provide specific animal care advice
  • ACMVET410 Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures
  • ACMVET413 Prepare for anaesthesia and monitor animal anaesthesia and analgesia
  • ACMVET416 Assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisons
  • ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • ACMBEH301 Identify behaviours and interact safely with animals
  • ACMSPE302 Provide basic care of birds
  • ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats
  • ACMSPE320 Provide general care of mammals

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include practical activities, such as assisting veterinary personnel in the surgical and clinical setting at the South Metropolitan TAFE veterinary clinic and out in industry, follow up questions based on activities in the assessments, direct observation, and formal testing of knowledge. Evidence gathering methods such as direct observation of practical activities, research projects, case studies, verbal presentations, knowledge-based assessment and third-party reports through the work placement logbook are also used for assessment.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is provided in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use the matrix to ensure assessments are spread across the duration of the course rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course. 

Learning resources may include access to support materials, learning resources, training and assessment resources, Blackboard, PowerPoint presentations, resource notes, worksheets, Lecturer developed revision tasks and physical equipment and facilities all located on campus.  

Facilities and equipment may include access to a fully operational veterinary clinic, with surgery facilities that is open to staff, students and the public, exposure to a range of animals with various medical and surgical conditions, animal caging facilities, feeding utensils, animal health care facilities, wet areas for animal demonstrations and fully equipped classrooms.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 1, 2024

At this campus
South Metropolitan TAFE has a live works veterinary clinic, with surgery facilities, that is open to staff, students and the public. The clinic provides students with exposure to a range of animals with various medical and surgical conditions. The clinic allows students to develop their skills and knowledge in a safe and supported environment and positions students well, prior to their industry placements.
Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 1, 2024
Where | South Metropolitan TAFE (52787)
How | On campus and work placement, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $14,260
  • Resources fee: $1,734
  • Materials fee: $306

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

Students are required to undertake approximately 240 hours of work placement during this course. This work placement is undertaken one day per week at a private veterinary clinic for the duration of the course. This placement is arranged by the student with help from SMT staff who have a list of approved practices. The students attend the SM TAFE in-house clinic/surgery one day per week throughout the course.  These placements help to strengthen the skills and knowledge learnt during their studies in a real workplace environment. Students are supervised during off campus placements by staff at the Clinic and these supervision and support requirements are fully documented. An SMT Lecturer will conduct workplace visits to provide ongoing support and coaching and will observe and assess the student's performance.

ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing - BED9
2 semesters

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 21 units. These 21 are comprised of 17 core units and 4 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • ACMGAS307 Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
  • ACMGAS308 Communicate effectively with clients and team members
  • ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
  • ACMVET202 Carry out daily practice routines
  • ACMVET401 Coordinate veterinary reception duties
  • ACMVET402 Apply imaging routines
  • ACMVET403 Perform clinic pathology procedures
  • ACMVET404 Perform practice office procedures
  • ACMVET405 Coordinate and perform surgical nursing routines
  • ACMVET406 Nurse animals
  • ACMVET407 Carry out medical nursing routines
  • ACMVET408 Provide nutritional advice and support for animals
  • ACMVET409 Provide specific animal care advice
  • ACMVET410 Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures
  • ACMVET413 Prepare for anaesthesia and monitor animal anaesthesia and analgesia
  • ACMVET416 Assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisons
  • ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • ACMBEH301 Identify behaviours and interact safely with animals
  • ACMSPE302 Provide basic care of birds
  • ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats
  • ACMSPE320 Provide general care of mammals

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include practical activities, such as assisting veterinary personnel in the surgical and clinical setting at the South Metropolitan TAFE veterinary clinic and out in industry, follow up questions based on activities in the assessments, direct observation, and formal testing of knowledge. Evidence gathering methods such as direct observation of practical activities, research projects, case studies, verbal presentations, knowledge-based assessment and third-party reports through the work placement logbook are also used for assessment.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is provided in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use the matrix to ensure assessments are spread across the duration of the course rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course. 

Learning resources may include access to support materials, learning resources, training and assessment resources, Blackboard, PowerPoint presentations, resource notes, worksheets, Lecturer developed revision tasks and physical equipment and facilities all located on campus.  

Facilities and equipment may include access to a fully operational veterinary clinic, with surgery facilities that is open to staff, students and the public, exposure to a range of animals with various medical and surgical conditions, animal caging facilities, feeding utensils, animal health care facilities, wet areas for animal demonstrations and fully equipped classrooms.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 2, 2024

At this campus
South Metropolitan TAFE has a live works veterinary clinic, with surgery facilities, that is open to staff, students and the public. The clinic provides students with exposure to a range of animals with various medical and surgical conditions. The clinic allows students to develop their skills and knowledge in a safe and supported environment and positions students well, prior to their industry placements.
Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 2, 2024
Where | South Metropolitan TAFE (52787)
How | On campus and work placement, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $14,260
  • Resources fee: $1,734
  • Materials fee: $306

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

Students are required to undertake approximately 240 hours of work placement during this course. This work placement is undertaken one day per week at a private veterinary clinic for the duration of the course. This placement is arranged by the student with help from SMT staff who have a list of approved practices. The students attend the SM TAFE in-house clinic/surgery one day per week throughout the course.  These placements help to strengthen the skills and knowledge learnt during their studies in a real workplace environment.  Students are supervised during off campus placements by staff at the Clinic and these supervision and support requirements are fully documented. An SMT Lecturer will conduct workplace visits to provide ongoing support and coaching and will observe and assess the student's performance.

ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing - BED9
2 semesters

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 21 units. These 21 are comprised of 17 core units and 4 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • ACMGAS307 Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
  • ACMGAS308 Communicate effectively with clients and team members
  • ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
  • ACMVET202 Carry out daily practice routines
  • ACMVET401 Coordinate veterinary reception duties
  • ACMVET402 Apply imaging routines
  • ACMVET403 Perform clinic pathology procedures
  • ACMVET404 Perform practice office procedures
  • ACMVET405 Coordinate and perform surgical nursing routines
  • ACMVET406 Nurse animals
  • ACMVET407 Carry out medical nursing routines
  • ACMVET408 Provide nutritional advice and support for animals
  • ACMVET409 Provide specific animal care advice
  • ACMVET410 Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures
  • ACMVET413 Prepare for anaesthesia and monitor animal anaesthesia and analgesia
  • ACMVET416 Assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisons
  • ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • ACMBEH301 Identify behaviours and interact safely with animals
  • ACMSPE302 Provide basic care of birds
  • ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats
  • ACMSPE320 Provide general care of mammals

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include practical activities, such as assisting veterinary personnel in the surgical and clinical setting at the South Metropolitan TAFE veterinary clinic and out in industry, follow up questions based on activities in the assessments, direct observation, and formal testing of knowledge. Evidence gathering methods such as direct observation of practical activities, research projects, case studies, verbal presentations, knowledge-based assessment and third-party reports through the work placement logbook are also used for assessment.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is provided in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use the matrix to ensure assessments are spread across the duration of the course rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to support materials, learning resources, training and assessment resources, Blackboard, PowerPoint presentations, resource notes, worksheets, Lecturer developed revision tasks and physical equipment and facilities all located on campus. 

Facilities and equipment may include access to a fully operational veterinary clinic, with surgery facilities that is open to staff, students and the public, exposure to a range of animals with various medical and surgical conditions, animal caging facilities, feeding utensils, animal health care facilities, wet areas for animal demonstrations and fully equipped classrooms.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 1, 2025

At this campus
South Metropolitan TAFE has a live works veterinary clinic, with surgery facilities, that is open to staff, students and the public. The clinic provides students with exposure to a range of animals with various medical and surgical conditions. The clinic allows students to develop their skills and knowledge in a safe and supported environment and positions students well, prior to their industry placements.
Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 1, 2025
Where | South Metropolitan TAFE (52787)
How | On campus and work placement, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $14,260
  • Resources fee: $1,734
  • Materials fee: $306

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

Students are required to undertake approximately 240 hours of work placement during this course. This work placement is undertaken one day per week at a private veterinary clinic for the duration of the course. This placement is arranged by the student with help from SMT staff who have a list of approved practices. The students attend the SM TAFE in-house clinic/surgery one day per week throughout the course.  These placements help to strengthen the skills and knowledge learnt during their studies in a real workplace environment.  Students are supervised during off campus placements by staff at the Clinic and these supervision and support requirements are fully documented. An SMT Lecturer will conduct workplace visits to provide ongoing support and coaching and will observe and assess the student's performance.

ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing - BED9
2 semesters

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 21 units. These 21 are comprised of 17 core units and 4 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • ACMGAS307 Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
  • ACMGAS308 Communicate effectively with clients and team members
  • ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
  • ACMVET202 Carry out daily practice routines
  • ACMVET401 Coordinate veterinary reception duties
  • ACMVET402 Apply imaging routines
  • ACMVET403 Perform clinic pathology procedures
  • ACMVET404 Perform practice office procedures
  • ACMVET405 Coordinate and perform surgical nursing routines
  • ACMVET406 Nurse animals
  • ACMVET407 Carry out medical nursing routines
  • ACMVET408 Provide nutritional advice and support for animals
  • ACMVET409 Provide specific animal care advice
  • ACMVET410 Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures
  • ACMVET413 Prepare for anaesthesia and monitor animal anaesthesia and analgesia
  • ACMVET416 Assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisons
  • ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • ACMBEH301 Identify behaviours and interact safely with animals
  • ACMSPE302 Provide basic care of birds
  • ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats
  • ACMSPE320 Provide general care of mammals

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include practical activities, such as assisting veterinary personnel in the surgical and clinical setting at the South Metropolitan TAFE veterinary clinic and out in industry, follow up questions based on activities in the assessments, direct observation, and formal testing of knowledge. Evidence gathering methods such as direct observation of practical activities, research projects, case studies, verbal presentations, knowledge-based assessment and third-party reports through the work placement logbook are also used for assessment.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is provided in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use the matrix to ensure assessments are spread across the duration of the course rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to support materials, learning resources, training and assessment resources, Blackboard, PowerPoint presentations, resource notes, worksheets, Lecturer developed revision tasks and physical equipment and facilities all located on campus. 

Facilities and equipment may include access to a fully operational veterinary clinic, with surgery facilities that is open to staff, students and the public, exposure to a range of animals with various medical and surgical conditions, animal caging facilities, feeding utensils, animal health care facilities, wet areas for animal demonstrations and fully equipped classrooms.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

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Last updated on December 1, 2022