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Overview

The ACM50412 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Emergency and Critical Care) qualification is the industry standard for veterinary nurses who provide support for an extensive range of emergency and critical care procedures within a veterinary hospital or emergency/specialist veterinary clinic. Candidates undertaking study for this Qualification require extensive vocational expertise and should expect that access through paid employment within a veterinary hospital or emergency/specialist veterinary clinic where emergency and critical care procedures are performed will be essential for meeting assessment requirements of some Units.

COURSE LOCATIONS

This course is offered via the following delivery methods:

COURSE & FEE STRUCTURE

This course is delivered in partnership with Veterinary Nurse Solutions Pty Ltd over 18 months. Theory is delivered via printed learners guides supported by the online learning centre. Students complete practical sessions through their place of employment at a veterinary clinic. Work experience placements are undertaken if necessary to cover case load gaps.

2017 enrolments are fee-for-service only (VET Student loans are not available, as this course is delivered by our partnership organisation - Veterinary Nurse Solutions Pty Ltd)

Candidates undertaking study for this qualification require extensive vocational expertise and should expect that access through paid employment within a veterinary hospital or emergency/specialist veterinary clinic where emergency and critical care procedures are performed will be essential for meeting assessment requirements of some units.

The Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Emergency and Critical Care) is extremely complex and requires access and exposure to an extensive range of specialised emergency and critical care procedures, including medical emergencies; trauma, including road traffic accident, chest, abdominal, head and respiratory; surgical (thoracic and abdominal); haematological (disseminated intravascular coagulopathy), resulting in blood transfusions; septic (systemic inflammatory response syndrome), relating to organ dysfunction; toxin recognition and management of topical and ingested toxins; and advanced critical care and intensive care monitoring (post-surgical).  It also requires access to a veterinary hospital or emergency/specialist veterinary clinic where emergency and specialised critical care procedures are performed; veterinarians who perform emergency and specialised critical care procedures; patients and clients requiring emergency and specialised critical care surgery, nursing and discharge; and the equipment, instruments and resources required to perform emergency and specialised critical care procedures.

Course fees:

Fee Type Amount
Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate $4,799
Co-contribution fee rate n/a
Co-contribution - concessional fee rate n/a

 

CAREERS

This qualification is the industry standard for veterinary nurses who provide specialised surgical nursing support for registered specialist veterinarians performing specialised surgical procedures within veterinary clinics or hospitals.

CRITERIA

Compulsory requirements

Entrants into ACM50412 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Emergency Critical Care) are required to hold the 19 core units from the ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing..

Selection criteria

In this offering period, the following selection criteria will be used to assess applications only in the situation that there are more applications received than places available:

1. Have successfully completed ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.  Student holding older qualifications or overseas qualifications will need to RPL to upgrade their qualification first.

2. Be employed in a veterinary practice that sees a variety of emergency cases and has critical care facilities and equipment

3. Work a minimum of 15 hours per week on average (OR If you hold a casual position at an emergency clinic, fulfil the 15 hrs a week at a general practice in addition to casual hours at the emergency clinic)

4. Have suitable post qualification experience with emergency cases

 

UNITS OF STUDY

Support veterinary practice communication and professional development

ACMVET508A

This Unit of Competency covers the process of extending the skills and knowledge required to communicate at an advanced clinical level with veterinarians, other allied health professionals, clinic staff and clients as well as providing opportunities to contribute to the knowledge base and professional development of the veterinary practice. This Unit is applicable to veterinary nurses with extensive vocational experience. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

ACMSUS301A

This unit of competency covers the process required to analyse the workplace in an effective manner in relation to environmentally sustainable work practices and to implement improvements and monitor their effectiveness. The unit addresses the knowledge, processes and techniques necessary to implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices in animal care and management industry sectors, including the development of processes and tools. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Manage workplace health and safety processes

ACMWHS501A

This Unit of Competency covers the process required by an individual responsible for ongoing management of workplace health and safety within an area of management responsibility, where the workplace health and safety management processes have been set up by other persons, either internal or external to the organisation.

This Unit is intended for application by a manager of a small organisation or several work groups or a larger group within an organisation. Work is likely to have a focus on maintaining already established processes and the Unit assumes that workplace health and safety advice and expertise would be available.

NOTE: The terms Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Work Health and Safety (WHS) are equivalent and generally either can be used in the workplace. In jurisdictions where the National Model WHS Legislation has not been implemented Registered Training Organisations are advised to contextualise the unit of competency by referring to the existing State/Territory OHS Legislative requirements as well as any specific workplace risks, hazards and associated safety practices.

In addition to legal and ethical responsibilities, all Units of Competency in the ACM10 Animal Care and Management Training Package have the requirement for animals to be handled gently and calmly. The individual is required to exhibit appropriate care for animals so that stress and discomfort is minimised.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Prepare for emergency response

ACMVET505A

This Unit of Competency covers the process of setting up the environment for specific cases and emergencies and preparing an emergency station and personnel for response to emergency and critical care situations. It includes assisting in establishing protocols that guide physical and mental preparedness training, team-response training and performance efficiency. This Unit is specifically designed for nurses who work in a veterinary hospital or emergency/specialist veterinary clinic where an extensive range of emergency and critical care procedures are performed. Preparing for emergency response requires access to a veterinary hospital or emergency/specialist veterinary clinic where emergency and specialised critical care procedures are performed; veterinarians who perform emergency and specialised critical care procedures; patients and clients requiring emergency and specialised critical care surgery, nursing and discharge; and the equipment, instruments and resources required to perform emergency and specialised critical care procedures. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Perform emergency procedures to sustain life

ACMVET506A

This Unit of Competency covers the process of responding with urgency to perform pre-hospital evaluations, apply and maintain first aid to sustain life, and carry out triage procedures for emergency and specialised critical care cases. This Unit is specifically designed for nurses who work in a veterinary hospital or emergency/specialist veterinary clinic where an extensive range of emergency and critical care procedures are performed. Performing emergency procedures to sustain life requires access to a veterinary hospital or emergency / specialist veterinary clinic where emergency and specialised critical care procedures are performed; veterinarians who perform emergency and specialised critical care procedures; patients and clients requiring emergency and specialised critical care surgery, nursing and discharge; and the equipment, instruments and resources required to perform emergency and specialised critical care procedures. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Provide nursing support for critical care surgery

ACMVET507A

This Unit of Competency covers the process of preparing for critical care surgery and supporting the veterinarian during critical care surgery. This Unit is specifically designed for nurses who work in a veterinary hospital or emergency/specialist veterinary clinic where an extensive range of emergency and critical care procedures are performed. Providing nursing support for critical care surgery requires access to a veterinary hospital or emergency/specialist veterinary clinic where emergency and specialised critical care procedures are performed; veterinarians who perform emergency and specialised critical care procedures; patients and clients requiring emergency and specialised critical care surgery, nursing and discharge; and the equipment, instruments and resources required to perform emergency and specialised critical care procedures. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Manage quality customer service

BSBCUS501C

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop strategies to manage organisational systems that ensure products and services are delivered and maintained to standards agreed by the organisation.

Operators may have staff involved in delivering customer service and are responsible for the quality of their work. In many instances the work will occur within the organisation’s policies and procedures framework. At this level, the exercise of considerable discretion and judgement, using a range of problem solving and decision making strategies, will be required.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Ensure team effectiveness

BSBWOR502B

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to facilitate all aspects of teamwork within the organisation. It involves taking a leadership role in the development of team plans, leading and facilitating teamwork and actively engaging with the management of the organisation.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 2017)

Additional Information

Course disclaimer

All information quoted is current at the date of publication. This information is applicable for Australian citizens or permanent residents only.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) reserves the right not to offer a course or unit and/or to decline the enrolment of a student in a course or unit on the basis of student demand and/or resource constraints. QATC advises that course offerings, structures, prices, instructors, assessment, unit objectives, and content may be subject to change without notice as circumstances dictate and reserves its rights generally.

Prospective students should contact QATC to ensure the information they are viewing about this training is still current.

Depending on training requirements and personal circumstances, students may be eligible for financial support, course funding or fee subsidies from government initiatives. For more information, refer to individual course pricing and the QATC Fees and Funding page.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) is a Registered Training Organisation. RTO 31258

Course Details - At a glance

The industry standard for veterinary nurses who provide support for an extensive range of emergency and critical care procedures within a veterinary hospital or emergency/specialist veterinary clinic.

  • Online, On the job
  • Flexible self-paced
  • 18 months
  • Enrol anytime
  • 8 Units
  • Fees and Charges
    • Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate: $4,799
    • Co-contribution fee rate: n/a
    • Co-contribution – concessional fee rate: n/a