Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

This qualification is the industry qualification for persons operating as veterinary nurses within veterinary clinics. Candidates should expect that access to a veterinary clinic whilst undertaking study for this qualification will be essential for meeting assessment requirements. Access may be through either paid employment or substantial periods of work placement or work experience blocks.

Job roles

The job role that this qualification describes includes:

Veterinary nurse.


Packaging Rules

A total of twenty three (23) units of competency must be achieved as specified below.

Complete nineteen (19) CORE units

Complete four (4) ELECTIVE units.

CORE: Complete the following nineteen (19) units

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Participate in workplace communications

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Feed and water animals

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Assist in health care of animals

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Source information for animal care needs

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Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work

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Contribute to occupational health and safety processes

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Carry out veterinary nursing reception duties

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Carry out daily clinic routines

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Assist with surgery preparation

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Coordinate patient admission and discharge

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Apply imaging routines

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Perform clinic pathology procedures

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Perform clinic office procedures

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Carry out surgical nursing routines

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Nurse animals

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Carry out medical nursing routines

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Coordinate and perform theatre routines

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Provide specific animal care advice

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Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures

ELECTIVE: Complete four (4) additional ELECTIVE units from from ACM10 or from any other nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course. Units selected must be aligned to Certificates III or IV and be relevant to work undertaken in the veterinary nursing sector. Suggested units are:

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Implant microchip in cats and dogs

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Prepare, deliver and review animal care education programs

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Coordinate clinic promotional activities

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Develop and implement specific clinic policies

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Provide basic care of amphibians

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Provide basic care of birds

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Provide basic care of common native mammals

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Provide basic care of dogs

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Provide basic care of domestic cats

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Provide basic care of marine fish

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Provide basic care of freshwater fish

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Provide basic care of marine aquatic invertebrates

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Provide basic care of terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates

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Provide basic care of mammals

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Provide basic care of non-venomous reptiles

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Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits

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Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

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Apply first aid


    Pathways into the qualification

    Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

    direct entry

    after achieving ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies

    vocational training and/or work experience across a range of work settings.

    This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeships pathways.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving this qualification candidates may undertake:

    ACM50210 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Surgery)

    ACM50310 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Dental)

    ACM50410 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Emergency and Critical Care)

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Licensing, Legislative, Regulatory or Certification Considerations

There is a direct link between this qualification and approval to perform veterinary nursing duties under the Western Australian (WA) Veterinary Surgeons Act 1960 as amended. The WA Veterinary Surgeons Board must approve qualified persons to carry out the duties of veterinary nurses and must authorise persons enrolled in approved courses to perform the duties of trainee veterinary nurses. Candidates should confirm the regulatory requirements that apply in their relevant state or territory. In addition, individual units of competency may specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements.

Employability Skills


Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


apply numeracy skills to workplace requirements

complete workplace documentation and records

communicate with all team members in a professional manner

demonstrate effective and appropriate documentation, communication and interpersonal skills when dealing with internal and external clients

use a range of communication technologies to support work operations.


work cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race or religion

liaise with and provide support to other team members

demonstrate leadership skills

identify and manage performance required to meet internal and external customer needs in own work and teamwork

maintain organisational processes and provide problem solving support to others.

Problem solving

investigate problem causes

identify, rectify or report potential and actual problems associated with work operations

identify factors which may affect the service to be provided

use material and operational knowledge to solve problems

use numeracy skills to solve problems

identify hazards and suggest control measures

monitor animal welfare and safety practices in the workplace.

Initiative and enterprise

assist in the implementation of continuous improvement processes

gather and analyse feedback on products, procedures and services

determine and act on situations requiring further information or problem solving

provide leadership in the workplace.

Planning and organising

analyse data and information to determine implications for work operations

participate in continuous improvement and planning processes

identify hazards and implement appropriate hazard control measures

demonstrate time-management skills

source and prepare materials and resources and ensure availability to support work operations

schedule and sequence work to maximise safety and productivity.


interpret and apply relevant Acts and regulations

keep the work area clean and hygienic at all times

monitor own work and work of team and identify and act on any quality issues

manage own time to meet deadlines

implement and monitor workplace procedures and instructions

recognise own shortcomings and seek advice and assistance from supervisors.


assess work data and information to identify areas for improved performance

be supportive, assertive and use interpersonal skills to encourage workplace learning

identify own training needs and seek skill development if required

implement learning activities as appropriate to ensure achievement of specified work requirements

gather feedback on own work to assess effectiveness in meeting objectives and integrate information into own practice.


use computer software applications effectively

work with machines and workplace technology safely and according to workplace standards

help others use technology efficiently and safely

ensure readiness, operational efficiency and safety of workplace technology.