No; the title of veterinary nurse is not a protected title in Australia (and other countries) and there is no legislation or act for veterinary nursing, therefore an RTO is not required for veterinary nursing. It is common for veterinary practices to hire nurses without any qualifications in Australia. In Western Australia, it is a requirement that all practising veterinary nurses must be registered with the Veterinary Surgeon's Board of Western Australia. Students residing outside Australia are recommended to contact their Federal Register For Legislation to learn of the rules your country has.

Is Vet Nursing regulated?

Vet nursing is not regulated in Australia therefore there is no minimum requirement to practise as a vet nurse. Students do not need a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing to practice as a vet nurse in Australia. It is up to the individual practices on what their policies are. For other countries, please refer to TISOVN Magazine Vol 2 for information.




Course Description
Have you always wanted to work in the veterinary and animal care industry? Turn your passion into a profession with the Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Nursing. The Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Nursing is the equivalent to the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing however the units in the Advanced Certificate In Veterinary Nursing are more advanced than those in the Certificate IV.





















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Course Completion

Personal Mentor

Clinic Placement         

* Students that are completing this course and attend any TISOVN workshops, webinars or seminars will have the hours

of attendance deducted from their student placement hours.


Job Prospects

Veterinary Nurse

Work Placement
This course contains 480 hours of work placement

The workplace will need to provide veterinary services to animals such as veterinary clinics, veterinary hospitals as well as mobile vets.

Your work placement can be completed anywhere in the world, and you will be responsible for the costs of any travel, accommodation, insurance or any other requirements related to your work placement.


Units of Study

Unit 1 -      Communication

Unit 2 -      Managing Work Schedules and Routine

Unit 3 -      Teamwork

Unit 4 -      Workplace Meetings

Unit 5 -      Workplace Documentation

Unit 6 -      Giving Information and Advice

Unit 7 -      Workplace Health and Safety

Unit 8 -      Workplace Hazards and Risks

Unit 9 -      Infection Control and Biosecurity

Unit 10 -    Zoonosis

Unit 11 -    Drugs and Medications

Unit 12 -    Ordering Stock and Stocktakes

Unit 13  Reception Duties

Unit 14 -    Emergencies

Unit 15 -    Vaccinations and Diseases

Unit 16 -    Parasites

Unit 17 -    Nutrition

Unit 18 -    Diet

Unit 19 -    Anatomy

Unit 20 -    Physiology

Unit 21 -    Pathology

Unit 22 -    The Veterinary Ward

Unit 23 -    Clinical Examinations

Unit 24 -    Nutritional Support

Unit 25 -    Dressings and Bandages

Unit 26 -    Theatre Practice

Unit 27 -    Preparing The Patient For Surgery

Unit 28 -    Assisting During Surgery

Unit 29 -    Instruments

Unit 30 -    Dentistry                                 

Unit 31 -    Anaesthesia

Unit 32 -    Monitoring Anaesthesia                                                                                                     

Unit 33 -    Anaesthetic Machine and Systems

Unit 34 -    Radiology

Unit 35 -    Fluid Therapy

Unit 36 -    Student Manual Submission


Students Receive

Once course is complete and fees are paid in full

35 x Statement Of Attainment Certificates 

1   x Certificate In Advanced Veterinary Nursing

1   x Course Transcript 

1   x Award



Advanced Certificate In Veterinary Nursing




Internationally Recognised and Accredited

Placement (480) Manual (1)

Assessments (85) Exams (65)


$600 deposit followed by $10 p/w

$3500 - With concession card supplied

18yrs or older with access to a computer

The Veterinary Nursing Pathway Certificate

By request


Yes - For 12 months via Zoom

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"I like the this course as it's more in depth and more relevant than the Vet Nurse Certificate IV I did at Tafe. Also higher standard of work required as I find Tafe dull and boring." - Claire