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Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

  • Qualification:

    Certificate IV

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    Max 24 months

  • Start date:

    Anytime – start today!

  • Awarded by:

    TAFE NSW North Coast (RTO 90010)

  • Course fees:

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes:

    Veterinary Nurse | Animal Hospital Assistant | Wildlife Hospital Nurse | Veterinary Assistant | View all

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This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

Course Rundown

About this course

This online veterinary nursing course, offered by North Coast TAFE through Open Colleges, teaches students a range of foundational skills in preparation for employment as a veterinary nurse.

Through the accredited course units and workplace component, students will be given the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to undertake a career in this specialised field.

Students will learn how to handle, wash, groom and prep animals for clinical procedures, and will learn how to deal with all of the six major animal groups.


To be eligible for this course you must:

  • Have completed Year 10 or equivalent; OR
  • Have completed a qualification at certificate II level or higher; OR
  • Have 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires use of written documentation and communication

Areas of study

In this veterinary nursing course, the subjects you will study include:

  • Introduction to the veterinary workplace
  • Animal advice and care
  • Admit and prepare patients
  • Medical, surgical and dental nursing procedures
  • Imaging, pathology and theatre procedures
  • Plan, provide and maintain animal health
Open Colleges Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. Most courses are delivered online or via blended learning, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.
As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing from North Coast TAFE.

This online veterinary nursing course is an industry-accredited qualification that will equip you to work in a range of roles within the veterinary profession. The certificate IV is a requirement of the Accredited Veterinary Nurse Scheme (as established by the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia), and demonstrates your professional and technical skill set to prospective employers.

Where could a career in Veterinary Nursing take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Open Colleges offers two flexible payment models to help make studying more affordable:

Payment Option 1: Pay in weekly instalments

  • $90.14 per week (52 weekly repayments)
  • $100 deposit

Payment Option 2: Pay in full when you enrol and save up to 20% on your course fees

  • $5,272 upfront payment

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