What is this course all about?
Veterinary nurses have a cool head in a crisis, and love animals. If you'd like to make a career of helping a veterinarian care for animals, this qualification will give you theoretical and hands-on skills in a surgical environment. You will learn how to assist with diagnostic procedures and preparation of medicines, how to assist with surgical procedures and how to care for and handle all sorts of animals, and how to deal with their owners.
Veterinary nurses assist in all aspects of duties carried out by veterinary surgeons. They may be employed for reception duties or as surgical or general assistants to a veterinary surgeon. They are not allowed to diagnose or treat animals except under veterinary supervision.
If you believe you would enjoy working with animals, then veterinary nursing may appeal to you. Veterinary Nursing can be a very challenging and interesting career.
The object of the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is to provide theoretical and practical training in all aspects of veterinary nursing to enable the nurse to assist veterinary surgeons in the care of large and small animals.
Graduates of the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing may be registered as qualified veterinary nurses with the Veterinary Surgeon's Board of Western Australia.
Polytechnic West is the only TAFE College in the State that offers training in animal studies. As part of the completion of this qualification, you will be involved in work experience. You will have the opportunity to handle and work directly with native wildlife, aquatic animals, birds, reptiles and rodents on campus. Our lecturers are experienced with working with animals and are dedicated to providing practical and quality training to their students.
THIS COURSE IS USUALLY THE MOST COMPETITIVE FULL TIME COURSE OFFERED AND CONSEQUENTLY HAS A MOST STRINGENT SELECTION PROCESS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT WORK REFERENCES SPECIFY DETAILS OF TYPES OF TASKS UNDERTAKEN.
Some or all of this course is available via external study.
What are the course outcomes & career opportunities?
Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Dental) Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Emergency and Critical Care)
Successful completion of this qualification provides you with the opportunity to become a veterinary nurse.
Where can I study this course?
- course details
More information Polytechnic West’s Bentley campus is right across the road from Curtin University and next to Technology Park. Just 10 minutes from the Perth CBD, we’re part of one of the largest educational and technology precinct in Western Australia and is renowned for its pleasant gardens and friendly ambience.
- Bentley Campus
- What is the study commitment?
- Full time, External study available
- What is the course duration?
- One year full-time.
- What sort of course is it?
- Award - Study full-time and/or part-time to gain a qualification
- Study mode
- What do I learn?
- Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing PSC - Full-time as at 18/02/11
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing PSC - International Students as at 18/02/11
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing Default Curriculum for S445 Default Curriculum for S445
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What are the entrance requirements?
How much does this course cost?Students from overseas, please check http://www.polytechnic.wa.edu.au/international for the course costs.
For Australian citizens (and / or permanent residents) residing in Western Australia:
Polytechnic West’s estimated fees for 2015 are now available at the following link: http://www.polytechnic.wa.edu.au/pwa/future-students-1/fees-charges/
Students in Diploma and above qualifications may be assisted through having access to a loan under the Commonwealth Government's VET FEE-HELP scheme, if they are a Citizen of Australia (OR on a Permanent Humanitarian Visa and resident in Australia for the duration of the course).
Concessions will continue to be available for eligible courses at certificate levels I through to IV. Eligible students include holders of either a health care or pensioner concession card, recipients of AUSTUDY, ABSTUDY, or Youth Allowance, and young people aged 15 to 17 years.
(http://s3.amazonaws.com/pwafiles/Web+Uploads/Dates+handout+slip.pdf) Full-time enrolments are still available for for most courses for semester 2, 2014, contact 9267 7500 for assistance.
Flexible, Online and External courses usually have ongoing enrolments contact (08) 9267 7500 for for assistance.
The best way to apply for entry to a full-time course for next semester is to apply online at :
This method of application will check for common errors in your application.
or alternatively you may complete an Application Form which is available at any public college or the Career Development Centre.
If you miss the dates, are unsure of meeting the entry requirements, or are in financial difficulty, contact (08) 9267 7500 for advice on options.
You do not have to pay an application fee.
Changes of preference are free of charge.
APPLICATIONS TO STUDY FULL-TIME IN FIRST SEMESTER OF 2015:
September 01, 2014 Applications available to study full-time in first semester of 2014.
November 03, 2014 Final closing date for courses requiring a folio to be submitted. No applications for these courses are accepted after this date.
December 05, 2014 Final closing date for late applications to be considered in the first round of offers.
January 02, 2015 Closing date for applications to be considered in the second round of offers.
January 05, 2015 First round offer letters issued.
January 15, 2015 Second round offer letters issued.
APPLICATIONS TO STUDY FULL-TIME IN SECOND SEMESTER OF 2014 (MID-YEAR):
(Not all qualifications are offered in the second semester)
May 05, 2014 Applications available to study full-time commencing mid-year in 2014.
May 23, 2014 Applications for courses requiring a folio close.
June 06, 2014 All other applications to study full-time commencing mid-year close.
June 20, 2014 Mid-year offer letters posted out.
Application Forms and supporting documents [copies of school reports, other qualifications and evidence of work experience] can be lodged at any public college campus or mailed to the Training Admissions Centre address on the back of the Application Form.
First semester runs from February to June (approx); second semester runs from July to December (approx).
Students wanting to enrol in bridging/access programs apply directly to the Polytechnic, not Training Admissions.
Training Admissions contacts successful applicants by letter with details of enrolment dates.
If this course is also offered as an Apprenticeship or Traineeship, please note the normal full-time admissions process does not apply to Apprenticeships or Traineeships. To study as an apprentice / trainee, you must first obtain an apprenticeship / Traineeship with an employer in the Trade. Once you are employed as an apprentice, you can commence your Trade studies with Polytechnic West.
- Pre-enrolment Information
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