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Overview

The ACM50212 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) 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. Candidates undertaking study for this qualification require extensive vocational expertise and should expect that access through paid employment within a veterinary clinic or hospital where a registered specialist performs specialised surgical procedures 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. Practical sessions take place in the student's place of employment at veterinary clinic, with work experience placements 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 clinic or hospital where a registered specialist performs specialised surgical procedures will be essential for meeting assessment requirements of some Units.

The Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) is extremely complex and requires access and exposure to an extensive range of specialised surgical procedures, including intrathoracic, internal fixation, external fixation, soft tissue, ophthalmic, skin grafting, oncological surgery, advanced corrective orthopedics and which may require advanced anaesthetic monitoring.  It also requires access to a veterinary clinic or hospital where specialised surgical procedures are performed: veterinary surgeons that perform specialised surgical procedures; patients and clients requiring specialised surgical procedures; and the equipment, instruments and resources required to perform specialised surgical procedures.

Course fees:

Fee Type Amount
Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate $4,599
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 specialized surgical procedures within veterinary clinics or hospitals.

CRITERIA

Compulsory requirements

Entrants into ACM50212 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 expressions of interest received than places available:

1. Have successfully completed ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.  Students 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 hours a week that:  has a registered specialist Veterinary Surgeon either employed, or on a regular visitation schedule OR is a large general practice clinic that sees referral cases and has the right equipment to complete the majority of the course.  You'll be required to undertake work placements with a registered specialist Veterinary Surgeon to complete some parts of the course before being able to graduate.

3. Have suitable post qualification experience with surgical 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)

Manage nursing requirements for specialised surgical procedures

ACMVET501A

This Unit of competency covers the process of conducting admissions for specialised surgical procedures, preparing the theatre environment, performing specific pre-operative procedures, monitoring anaesthesia, providing intra-operative support to surgeons and managing equipment cleaning and maintenance. This Unit is specifically designed for nurses who work in a veterinary clinic or hospital where registered specialists perform specialised surgical procedures. Managing nursing requirements for specialised surgical procedures requires access to a veterinary clinic or hospital where specialised surgical procedures are performed; veterinary surgeons that perform specialised surgical procedures; patients and clients requiring specialised surgical procedures; and the equipment, instruments and resources required to perform specialised surgical procedures. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Carry out post-operative nursing routines

ACMVET502A

This Unit of Competency covers the process of maintaining patient (animal) fluid therapy and nutritional requirements, monitoring wounds or surgical sites post-operatively, monitoring patients including recumbent patients post-operatively, and discharging patients that have undergone specialised surgical procedures into the care of clients (owners). This Unit is specifically designed for nurses who work in a veterinary clinic or hospital where registered specialists perform specialised surgical procedures. Carrying out post-operative nursing routines requires access to a veterinary clinic or hospital where specialised surgical procedures are performed; veterinary surgeons that perform specialised surgical procedures; patients and clients requiring specialised surgical procedures; and the equipment, instruments and resources required to perform specialised surgical procedures. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 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)

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)

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 specialised surgical nursing support for registered specialist veterinarians performing specialised surgical procedures within veterinary clinics or hospitals.

  • Online, On the job
  • Flexible self-paced
  • 18 months
  • Enrol anytime
  • 7 Units
  • Fees and Charges
    • Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate: $4,599
    • Co-contribution fee rate: n/a
    • Co-contribution – concessional fee rate: n/a