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Overview

ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is the industry Qualification for persons operating as veterinary nurses within veterinary clinics. This is a Recognition of Prior Learning qualification which provides an opportunity for people in the industry to gain formal recognition of their skills.

COURSE LOCATIONS

This course is offered via the following delivery methods:

COURSE & FEE STRUCTURE

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning), RPL involves undertaking an assessment of each individual who applies to determine the extent to which that individual’s previous learning is equivalent to the learning outcomes of the components of the qualification. Duration of this course will depend on how many RPL units are met.

This course is delivered in partnership with Veterinary Nurse Solutions Pty Ltd.

Course fees:

Fee Type Amount
Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate $3,995
Co-contribution fee rate n/a
Co-contribution - concessional fee rate n/a

 

CAREERS

​This qualification is the industry standard for persons operating as veterinary nurses within veterinary clinics.

CRITERIA

Compulsory requirements 

To be eligible to enrol in this course, you must:

  • have successfully completed Year 10, or equivalent, although completion of Year 12 is highly recommended
  • provide evidence of your work in a veterinary practice as a Veterinary Nurse at Certificate IV level (i.e. not as a kennel hand or ward assistant, trainee vet nurse etc.) for a minimum of 3 years full time, or the part time equivalent. Evidence must be provided. We recommend at least 5 years of nursing experience prior to undertaking RPL.

Preferred requirements

n/a

 

UNITS OF STUDY

Participate in workplace communications

ACMGAS202A

This unit of competency covers the process of effectively participating in workplace communications in an animal care and management environment. This unit is applicable to new entrants to the animal care and management industry. Animal care may occur in a wide variety of workplaces, including retail pet stores, kennels and catteries, shelters, veterinary practices, zoos, animal research facilities and others. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Feed and water animals

ACMGAS204A

This unit of competency covers the process of preparing, presenting and distributing food and water for animals under supervision and according to workplace diet requirements. This unit is applicable to new entrants to the animal care and management industry. Animal care may occur in a wide variety of workplaces, including retail pet stores, kennels and catteries, shelters, veterinary practices, zoos, animal research facilities and others. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Assist in health care of animals

ACMGAS205A

This unit of competency covers the process of providing assistance to experienced staff in the capture, restraint and assessment of animals and the preparation, application and documentation of treatments. This unit is applicable to new entrants to the animal care and management industry. Animal care may occur in a wide variety of workplaces, including retail pet stores, kennels and catteries, shelters, veterinary practices, zoos, animal research facilities and others. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Source information for animal care needs

ACMGAS208A

This unit of competency covers the processes required to gather information on medications and services for animals and relate these to individual animal requirements and audience needs. This unit is applicable to new entrants to the animal care and management industry where it may be necessary to investigate or clarify information on treatments, services or other animal care items for self, colleagues or clients. Candidates are not required to provide advice to clients at this level but rather to develop the skills required to find information that is current, relevant, accurate and appropriate for the audience and activity needs from a range of credible services. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals

ACMGAS303A

This unit of competency covers the process of calculating rations based on animal species needs and availability of feedstuffs. The unit is applicable to those working in the animal care industry where it may be necessary to plan nutritional requirements for animals in various animal care sectors, including but not restricted to, companion animals in pet shops, boarding kennels and catteries, dog and cat breeding establishments, research technology animals, native and exotic animals in zoos, wildlife parks and animal rescue and rehabilitation facilities. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing

ACMGAS301A

This unit of competency covers the process of following animal health management practices to monitor animal health via daily observations of behaviour and condition. This unit is applicable to those working in animal care industry sectors where it may be necessary to care for a range of animal species and to monitor the wellbeing of healthy, ill or injured animals by observing and measuring indicators of ideal and poor development or response to treatments. These animals may be being kept long term in the workplace or being raised or prepared for sale, rehousing or release to their native habitat. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work

ACMINF301A

This Unit of Competency covers the process required to comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care workplaces and relevant field locations. This Unit is applicable to all animal care workers who have a duty of care to ensure workplace procedures are followed in order to maintain infection control standards. All procedures must be carried out in accordance with current infection control guidelines, Australian and New Zealand Standards for maintaining infection control and the policies and procedures of the organisation. 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 June 2017)

Contribute to workplace health and safety processes

ACMWHS301A

This Unit of Competency covers the process required by an employee to contribute to workplace health and safety processes where there is responsibility for own work outputs and possibly limited responsibility for the work output of others.

This Unit is intended for application by a skilled worker with little or no responsibility for others. Workers are likely to perform work activities requiring a range of well-developed skills where some discretion and judgment is required.

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)

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Carry out veterinary nursing reception duties

ACMVET201A

This unit of competency covers the process of compiling patient (animal) and client (animal owner) histories, maintaining records and consulting the veterinarian as required. This unit is applicable to new entrants to the veterinary industry and will provide an individual with the background and ability to carry out basic veterinary reception duties working under supervision of a veterinarian in a veterinary clinic or similar practice. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Carry out daily clinic routines

ACMVET202A

This unit of competency covers the process of treating patients (animals) on a daily basis, maintaining clinic hygiene and assisting with inventory and clinic security. This unit is applicable to new entrants to the veterinary industry and will provide an individual with the background and ability to carry out daily clinic routines working under supervision of a veterinarian in a veterinary clinic or similar practice. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Assist with surgery preparation

ACMVET203A

This unit of competency covers the process of assisting with the preparation of patients (animals) and the theatre for surgery, providing pre- and post-operative patient care and cleaning surgical and theatre equipment in a veterinary clinic. This unit is applicable to new entrants to the veterinary industry and will provide an individual with the background and ability to assist with surgery preparations working under supervision of a veterinarian in a veterinary clinic or similar practice. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Apply imaging routines

ACMVET402A

This Unit of Competency covers the process of implementing and completing imaging routines, in accordance with established industry sequences and clinic policies and procedures, and follow specific instructions from the veterinarian. This Unit applies to a veterinary nurse working under supervision of a veterinarian in a veterinary clinic or similar practice. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Perform clinic pathology procedures

ACMVET403A

This Unit of Competency covers the process of collecting biological samples and performing pathology procedures. The integrity of the sample must be maintained in accordance with veterinarian instructions when conducting clinic examinations and in preparing consignments to diagnostic laboratories. This Unit applies to a veterinary nurse working under supervision of a veterinarian in a veterinary clinic or similar practice. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Perform clinic office procedures

ACMVET404A

This Unit of Competency covers the process of maintaining veterinary supplies, controlling stock, maintaining clinic accounts and preparing and processing clinic correspondence. This Unit applies to a veterinary nurse working under supervision of a veterinarian in a veterinary clinic or similar practice.

Carry out surgical nursing routines

ACMVET405A

This Unit of Competency covers the process of preparing the surgical environment and providing total support for the surgeon. The Unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare for, and provide support during and after, routine and non-routine surgical procedures, including monitoring patients while they are under anaesthesia. This Unit applies to a veterinary nurse working under supervision of a veterinarian in a veterinary clinic or similar practice. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Nurse animals

ACMVET406A

This Unit of Competency covers the process of providing high quality nursing care for all patients (animals) treated or housed at the clinic. It includes providing advice to clients (owners), monitoring animals and providing animal first aid as required. This Unit applies to a veterinary nurse working under supervision of a veterinarian in a veterinary clinic or similar practice. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Carry out medical nursing routines

ACMVET407A

This Unit of Competency covers the process of providing the skills to implement medical nursing routines, including the preparation and handling of patients (animals) and equipment for specific routines. This Unit applies to a veterinary nurse working under supervision of a veterinarian in a veterinary clinic or similar practice. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Coordinate and perform theatre routines

ACMVET408A

This Unit of Competency covers the process of preparing, cleaning and maintaining theatre and equipment as well as preparing personnel for the performance of surgical procedures. This Unit applies to a veterinary nurse working under supervision of a veterinarian in a veterinary clinic or similar practice. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Provide specific animal care advice

ACMVET409A

This Unit of Competency covers the process of providing advice to clients (owners) about animal care, nutrition, behaviour and products. All advice must be provided in a competent manner and in accordance with clinic policies and procedures. This Unit applies to a veterinary nurse working under supervision of a veterinarian in a veterinary clinic or similar practice (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Coordinate patient admission and discharge

ACMVET401A

This Unit of Competency covers the process of coordinating patient admission and discharge. It also includes providing initial veterinary nursing care to patients (animals) and grief support to clients (animal owners). This Unit applies to a veterinary nurse working under supervision of a veterinarian in a veterinary clinic or similar practice. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures

ACMVET410A

This Unit of Competency covers the processes of performing a dental prophylaxis and assisting with simple extractions. This Unit applies to a veterinary nurse working under supervision of a veterinarian in a veterinary clinic or similar practice. Dental prophylaxis involves the oral examination in the conscious and anaesthetised patient, sub- and supra-gingival tooth scaling and polishing and the subsequent development of a homecare plan. Veterinary dental nursing procedures are most often carried out on dogs, cats and horses. All procedures are carried out in conjunction with, and as an assistant to, the veterinary surgeon and in accordance with workplace health and safety requirements. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Capture, handle and transport companion animals

ACMCAS304A

This unit of competency covers the process of capturing, handling and transporting companion animals. This unit is applicable to those working in the companion animal industry sector where it may be necessary to transport companion animals. Transportation may be required to and from pet shops, boarding kennels and catteries or companion animal training, groomer and breeding establishments, mobile animal facilities, client residences or veterinary practices. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 2017)

Manage compliance in the companion animal industry

ACMCAS401A

This unit of competency covers the process of managing compliance within the companion animal industry, including the provision of high-level advice to clients on companion animal management and housing needs, maintaining external relationships and keeping records. This unit is applicable to those working in the companion animal industry sector. It may include pet and aquarium shops, boarding kennels and catteries, companion animal training, grooming and/or breeding establishments and mobile animal facilities. (Source: training.gov.au as at June 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.

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Course Details - At a glance

Skills recognitionn for persons operating as veterinary nurses within veterinary clinics.

  • Online, On the job
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Dependent on prior experience of student
  • Enrol anytime
  • 23 Units
  • Fees and Charges
    • Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate: $3,995
    • Co-contribution fee rate: n/a
    • Co-contribution – concessional fee rate: n/a