• Area of Study
    Animal Care
  • Online / On-Campus
    * Optional
  • Qualification
    * Optional

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Provided by  Open Colleges

Course Overview

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Enter the rewarding world of working with animals with this industry qualified online course in Vet Nursing. Learn animal clinic safety processes and add to your knowledge of animals.

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Course Quick Look

Awarded By:
Open Colleges
Certificate lV
Study Mode:
Maximum 24 months
Nationally Recognised:


Module 1: Introduction to the veterinary workplace

Participate in workplace communications

  • Follow routine spoken messages
  • Perform workplace duties following routine written notices
  • Obtain and provide information in response to workplace requirements
  • Complete relevant work-related documents
  • Participate in workplace meetings and discussions

Contribute to workplace health and safety processes

  • Plan and conduct work safely
  • Support others in working safely
  • Contribute to workplace health and safety participative processes
  • Contribute to hazard identification, workplace health and safety risk assessment and risk control activities
  • Participate in the control of emergency situations

Perform clinic office procedures

  • Maintain veterinary supplies
  • Maintain clinic accounts
  • Process and prepare correspondence

Carry out veterinary nursing reception duties

  • Compile patient and client histories
  • Consult the duty veterinarian
  • Identify information required
  • Maintain clinic records

Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work

  • Follow infection control guidelines
  • Identify and respond to infection risks
  • Maintain personal protection
  • Limit contamination
  • Contribute to incursion readiness processes

Module 2: Animal advice and care

Source information for animal care needs

  • Read and interpret product labels
  • Gather information on products and services
  • Profile nominated animal physiological features relevant to health and application of treatments
  • Take an animal history

Provide specific animal care advice

  • Provide specific animal health advice
  • Offer animal care product advice
  • Advise on animal nutritional requirements
  • Provide animal behaviour advice

Feed and water animals

  • Prepare for feeding
  • Feed and water animals
  • Complete the feeding and watering process

Assist in health care of animals

  • Assist in capture of animals
  • Assist in assessment of animals
  • Assist in treatment of animals

Module 3: Admit and prepare patients

Coordinate patient admission and discharge

  • Coordinate clinic admissions
  • Provide veterinary nursing care
  • Provide grief support to clients
  • Implement discharge procedures

Carry out daily clinic routines

  • Maintain clinic hygiene
  • Carry out daily treatment of patients
  • Assist in stock control and clinic security

Assist with surgery preparation

  • Prepare animal for surgery under direction
  • Prepare theatre or surgical operating area for use
  • Provide pre- and post-operative patient care
  • Clean theatre equipment

Module 4: Medical, surgical and dental nursing procedures

Nurse animals

  • Identify patients and monitor clinical signs
  • Communicate with clients concerning hospitalised patients
  • Provide animal care in pain situations
  • Care for animals
  • Care for hospitalised animals

Carry out medical nursing routines

  • Prepare for and assist with medical procedures
  • Prepare for specific clinic routines

Carry out surgical nursing routines

  • Prepare for surgical procedures
  • Provide support for surgical routines
  • Monitor patients and anaesthesia
  • Perform post-operative procedures

Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures

  • Perform oral examination
  • Complete dental chart
  • Perform dental prophylaxis under veterinary supervision
  • Assist in the performance of a simple extraction under veterinary supervision

Module 5: Imaging, pathology and theatre procedurea

Apply imaging routines

  • Prepare imaging environment
  • Prepare imaging equipment
  • Implement imaging procedures
  • Carry out post-imaging procedures

Perform clinic pathology procedures

  • Implement pathology procedures
  • Perform and record appropriate tests
  • Assist with post-mortem examination

Coordinate and perform theatre routines

  • Prepare surgery schedules
  • Implement surgery preparations
  • Clean, maintain and store theatre instruments , equipment and supplies
  • Carry out post-operative theatre routines.

Module 6: Plan, provide and maintain animal health

Provide basic care of dogs

  • Identify commonly available dogs
  • Identify and evaluate behavioural and housing needs
  • Handle and restrain dogs
  • Assist with health care needs
  • Feed dogs
  • Maintain records

Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing

  • Follow animal health management practices
  • Monitor and maintain the physical wellbeing of animals
  • Identify and report signs of ill health or injury in animals
  • Administer and record animal treatments

Provide enrichment for animals

  • Observe and record animal behaviour
  • Assist with managing undesirable animal behaviour
  • Implement enrichment programs

Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals

  • Identify nutritional requirements of animals
  • Evaluate food sources and calculate dietary requirements
  • Prepare diets and provide food and water
  • Monitor feeding and watering practices

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