TAFE Queensland

Certificate III in Animal Studies / Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

TAFE Queensland

Course details

CRICOS course code: 101451

Level of study: Career Based/Vocational


According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, the number of people working as veterinary nurses is expected to grow strongly in the future. There are likely to be around 9,000 job openings in this industry over the next five years with employers looking for qualified candidates who are caring, empathetic, and can communicate clearly.

You'll start by developing fundamental skills in animal care including anatomy and physiology, hygiene techniques, animal identification, animal nutrition, and client communication. You'll also learn how to handle animals correctly, maintain and monitor animal health, and assist in providing treatments for animals.

Then move on to your veterinary nursing studies where you'll learn how to support hospitalised animals through their medical procedures, prepare animals for surgery, assist in surgical nursing procedures, and monitor patients when under anaesthesia. You'll also discover how to perform clinical pathology procedures, prepare equipment and animals for x-rays, and carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures. You'll get the opportunity to put your skills into practice with work experience and vocational placement a key component of this course.

Successful completion of this dual qualification will open up a range of career opportunities in the animal care industry. You will also be equipped with the skills required to seek work as a veterinary nurse.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 4 elective units. You will also be required to undertake 240 hours of vocational placement in an approved setting.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning.


ACM30117 / ACM40418 Certificate III in Animal Studies / Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing


  • Veterinary Nurse

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Course opportunities

Tuition Fees (AUD $): 14,333 Per Year Read more21,500 for the entire course
Start date: 11 July 2022
Duration: 1.5 years
Study mode: Self study / online (with attendance)

Ashmore Campus

Corner Heeb Street and Benowa Road
Gold Coast Queensland 4214

Entry criteria

Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 10 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion.

Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Home Affairs.

English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 6.0 (no individual band less than 5.5) or ISLPR 3; TOEFL PBT: 534; TOEFL iBT (internet based): 60; PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English): 50; Cambridge English: First (FCE): 169.


TAFE Queensland
South Bank Campus
66 Ernest Street Brisbane Queensland 4101