Nurse animals

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver ACMVET406A, 'Nurse animals'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Reference books for 'Nurse animals' on This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to for every purchase, so go nuts :)

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Identify patients and monitor clinical signs

1.1. Patients are identified according to features and fixed identification.

1.2. Animal first aid is applied in accordance with clinic policy and veterinary advice if required.

1.3. Clinical signs are documented through observation and owner interview and are communicated to the veterinarian.

1.4. Audible, visual or measurable signs of pain are identified, recorded and used to assist in the identification of a need for analgesics.

1.5. Behavioural changes indicating pain are identified and reported to the veterinarian.

1.6. Patient needs are established in consultation with the veterinarian.

2. Communicate with clients concerning hospitalised patients

2.1. Clients are counselled and informed of patient's progress and condition at regular intervals.

2.2. Client complaints are responded to and grief support is carried out in accordance with clinic policy.

2.3. Patient records are checked to ensure instructed routines are communicated to client.

3. Provide animal care in pain situations

3.1. An empathetic and caring approach is utilised in the husbandry of animals in pain.

3.2. Compassionate and safe handling techniques are employed in accordance with workplace health and safety requirements.

3.3. Industry-recognised pain management techniques are used to minimise patient trauma.

4. Care for animals

4.1. Animals are safely returned to owner or housing after treatment.

4.2. Nursing intervention is provided for individual animals in accordance with clinic policy.

4.3. Prescribed routines are implemented and treatments are recorded.

4.4. Patient observations are recorded in accordance with clinic policy.

5. Care for hospitalised animals

5.1. Basic animal welfare requirements are provided in accordance with clinic policies.

5.2. Environment specifically required for the individual animal is maintained in accordance with the veterinarian's instruction.

5.3. Patients' bodily functions are monitored and facilitated according to instructions.

5.4. Regular monitoring of patients is carried out and recorded in accordance with clinic policy.

5.5. Industry-recognised animal psychology procedures are carried out in conjunction with patient monitoring.

Qualifications and Skillsets

ACMVET406A appears in the following qualifications:

  • ACM50210 - Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Surgical)
  • ACM50410 - Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Emergency and Critical Care)
  • ACM40410 - Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • ACM50310 - Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Dental)