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Overview

The ACM50512 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice) qualification is the industry standard for veterinary nurses who provide a leadership role and apply advanced skills and knowledge in patient assessment, care and management within a veterinary workplace. Candidates undertaking study for this Qualification require extensive vocational expertise and should expect that access through paid employment within a veterinary practice 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 practice will be essential for meeting assessment requirements of some units.

The Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice) requires access and regular exposure to patients, clients, consults, medical and surgical cases, veterinary staff, nursing, reception and administrative duties, practice policies, procedures, retail and customer service experiences.

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

The job role that this Qualification describes includes:

  • Veterinary nursing manager
  • Head veterinary nurse

After achieving the ACM50512 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice), candidates may undertake professional development activities in areas of benefit to their workplace and their personal aspirations.

CRITERIA

Compulsory requirements

Entrants into ACM50512 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice) 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 for a minimum of 15 hrs a week

 

UNITS OF STUDY

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)

Manage veterinary nursing procedures

ACMVET509A

This Unit of Competency describes the skills and knowledge necessary to manage nursing procedures in general veterinary practice. Effective management requires veterinary nurses to perform and co-ordinate nursing procedures in order to support veterinarians and achieve the best possible patient outcomes. Nursing procedures range from veterinary support in consults and surgery to the daily care of hospitalised patients. Nursing support includes the preparation of equipment, materials, medications and the patient; monitoring anaesthesia, providing assistance in theatre, administering drugs, providing wound care, drain maintenance, critical care and infection control. This Unit is intended for veterinary nurses with extensive vocational expertise who are responsible for providing advanced nursing skills and support for veterinarians in general practice. It is assumed that such nurses will have a leadership role in their practice and be involved in the development, implementation and review of clinic policies and procedure. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Apply veterinary pathophysiology

ACMVET510A

This Unit of Competency describes the skills and knowledge necessary to apply veterinary pathophysiology in general veterinary practice. Pathophysiology involves the recognition of abnormal function caused by disease. Application of this knowledge supports veterinary diagnosis and treatment. This Unit covers the fundamentals of disease and common disease processes. It includes diagnostic tests, treatment options and nursing care. A practical understanding of veterinary pathophysiology enables nurses to better support veterinary recommendations, encourage owner compliance, and improve patient outcomes. This Unit is intended for experienced veterinary nurses who are responsible for supporting veterinarians and implementing veterinary treatments in general practice. It is assumed that such nurses will have a leadership role in their practice and be involved in the co-ordination of diagnostic procedures, treatment regimes and follow up procedures. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Apply principles of animal behaviour

ACMVET511A

This Unit of Competency describes the skills and knowledge necessary to assess and respond to animal behaviour in general veterinary practice. The Unit covers the fundamentals of behavioural medicine, which includes the promotion of behavioural health and appropriate intervention strategies for behaviour problems. It requires a holistic application of veterinary nursing, distinguishing normal and abnormal behaviours, acceptable and unacceptable behaviours, current behavioural therapies, animal legislation and effective client communication. This Unit is intended for veterinary nurses with extensive vocational expertise who conduct client education programs and provide support for veterinarians in general practice. It is assumed that such nurses will have a leadership role in their practice and provide behavioural advice to clients in accordance with clinic policies and procedures. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace

TAEDEL402A

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan, organise and facilitate learning for individuals in a workplace.

This unit typically applies to a person working as an entry level trainer, teacher or facilitator, team leader or workplace supervisor, or any employee responsible for guiding learning through work.

(Source: training.gov.au as at August 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 a leadership role and apply advanced skills and knowledge in patient assessment, care and management within a veterinary workplace.

  • 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