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Take your career in veterinary nursing further with this intermediate-level qualification. This course is perfect for people looking to upgrade their current certifications or undertake university studies in the field. It will give you the specialised knowledge needed to work as a vet nurse.

You will get the practical skills and knowledge to carry out daily clinic routines, and carry out surgical, dental, and medical nursing procedures. You will also be able to confidently provide animal care advice and maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing. Our passionate team of industry professionals are the best in the business, and will give you the one-on-one guidance needed to succeed in your studies.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as a veterinary nurse. It will also give you the foundation knowledge needed to complete further studies in the field. Course details

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LOCATION/S

Gold Coast - Southport

Key dates and info

DURATION

Blended: 18 months

Course details

COST

  • Full Fee $12,995
  • Subsidised $8,900
  • Concession $7,671

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07 5581 8300

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How to enrol

Liz Asser

Qualify and be acknowledged for your experience within the workplace

I had been working within the health sector for 20 years before I committed to completing my Certificate IV in Mental Health. Currently a trainer with the Salvation Army, I knew the next step for me was to formalise my experience and training by completing the course with my fellow employees. Despite all my years of experience within the field, I was both amazed and humbled by my experience at TAFE Gold Coast. The highly qualified and empathetic nature of my teachers made me better understand how I can manage my clients in a more effective manner.

Liz Asser
Certificate IV in Mental Health

Thank you

A thank you to all our amazing students. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with TAFE Queensland Gold Coast.

Key dates

LOCATION START DATE DELIVERY
Gold Coast - Southport 29 Jan 2018 Blended

Entry requirements

This qualification has no formal entry requirements however TAFE Queensland Gold Coast requires the following:

  • Year 10 or equivalent.
  • English literacy to a Year 10 level - if concerned please contact staff to discuss further.
  • Sound levels of computer and literacy skills.
  • A valid and appropriate email account.
  • If you are under 17 years of age, special enrolment conditions may apply. Please email sam.hogan@tafe.qld.edu.au for more information prior to enrolling.
  •  Students must be physically, emotionally and mentally "fit for practice" for the purpose of vocational placement.
  • To access Higher Level Skills funding for this course the prospective student must meet all subsidy eligibility.
  • Further funding incentives also apply to this course.  Please speak with a Customer Service Consultant on (07) 5581 8300 to check your eligibility.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): For RPL enquiries please contact the RPL Team at rplcoordinator.goldcoast@tafe.qld.edu.au.

Location/s

Gold Coast - Southport
91-99 Scarborough Street
Southport QLD 4215

Resources required

  • Students need to wear black protective waterproof work shoes and long, black, work pants/trousers for practical days and placement.
  • Students are to purchase a navy blue scrub top (with TAFE logo and the words animal science on it) directly from our supplier Gold Coast Uniforms, 55 Nerang Street, Southport ph: 5591 5199Hours: Monday-Thursday 9.00am-6.00pm and Friday 9.00am-5.00pm. Cost $40.00 (Prices are correct at time of printing and are subject to change).
  • Students are required to purchase a textbook "BSAVA Textbook of Veterinary Nursing" 5th edition by Barbara Cooper, Elizabeth Mullineaux and Lynn Turner. Approximate cost $120.00.
  • It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.
  • Students are required to organise their own travel to and from Loganlea TAFE, Grovely TAFE and any animal care facility over the duration of the program.

Timetable

  • Delivered as a combination of lectures at TAFE Queensland Gold Coast, Southport and practical sessions at an animal care facility, along with practical days at Loganlea TAFE and Grovely TAFE.
  • The online component is delivered via Connect, our Learning Management System, and we ensure you will be supported every step of the way.

Classes are delivered:

  • One day per week - Wednesday from 8.00am-3.00pm at TAFE Queensland Gold Coast, Southport.
  • One day per week - (day to be advised) practical classes at Loganlea TAFE and Grovely TAFE (majority will be at Loganlea TAFE), plus some days in an animal care facility in the Gold Coast region
  • After hours workshops from 6.00pm-9.00pm (evening to be advised).
  • One day per week - work placement (day to be advised).  Hours may vary between 7.00am and 9.00pm depending on clinic hours.

Placement

Vocational Placement
Students will be required to attend vocational placement to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills in the workplace. Students must complete a minimum of 480 hours of vocational placement throughout the duration of the program. This is a mandatory industry requirement for ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Students are required to attend a minimum of 8 hours over one day per week with dates and times as negotiated between all parties. Our Vocational Placement Team will work in collaboration with facilities to coordinate your vocational placement assessment requirements. If a student has made prior placement arrangements with a clinic or is currently working in the industry, please contact us to discuss this further.

Students are responsible for:

  • Making themselves available for an allocated placement
  • Organising their own transport to and from study and vocational placement
  • Organising leave with their employer (if applicable)
  • Planning financially for their unpaid vocational placement

Acceptability for vocational placement is at the discretion of the veterinary clinic. 

Australian Federal Police Check (AFP)
Enrolled students are advised to contact the Vocational Placement Coordinator should they have any notification or criminal history as this may impact on their acceptance by facilities for placement assessment and therefore affect course outcomes. Students must be able to provide an original Australian Federal Police check on request of a facility at any time. Please refer to the Australian Federal Police website to download the application form at http://www.afp.gov.au.  Approximate cost $45.00 (N.B: The certificate MUST be issued by the Australian Federal Police.  All other types of police checks will not be accepted.)  Your current AFP documentation must be no older than 3 months prior to the start of study.

Immunisation Documentation
Working in certain jobs increases your exposure to some vaccine-preventable diseases.  TAFE Queensland Gold Coast recommends the following vaccinations in line with the Queensland Government’s occupational immunisations for veterinary students, which is based on research from the National Health and Medical Research Council (https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/immunisation/occupational/index.html):

  • Rabies
  • Q-fever
  • Influenza
  • TAFE Queensland also strongly recommends students are up-to-date with their Tetanus vaccine

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Vaccination and serology evidence requirements may alter during your studies in accordance with changes to industry requirements and/or Australian Immunisation Guidelines.

Important Information

Vocational Placement

  • You will be required to attend a routine mandatory orientation at the facility to be eligible.
  • Cancellation fees may apply to students in the event of cancellations of allocated placements. Cancellation of placement requires valid evidence of extenuating circumstances.
  • Students are responsible for keeping a copy of all assessment records including vocational placement assessments. Requests for personal copies will incur a fee.

Units

To achieve this qualification a total of 23 units must be successfully completed, 19 core and 4 electives.

UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE
ACMGAS205A Assist in health care of animals Core
ACMGAS204A Feed and water animals Core
ACMWHS301A Contribute to workplace health and safety processes Core
ACMVET409A Provide specific animal care advice Core
ACMGAS208A Source information for animal care needs Core
ACMVET202A Carry out daily clinic routines Core
ACMINF301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work Core
ACMGAS202A Participate in workplace communications Core
ACMVET201A Carry out veterinary nursing reception duties Core
ACMVET203A Assist with surgery preparation Core
ACMVET401A Coordinate patient admission and discharge Core
ACMVET404A Perform clinic office procedures Core
ACMVET407A Carry out medical nursing routines Core
ACMGAS301A Maintain and monitor animal health and wellbeing Elective
ACMGAS303A Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals Elective
ACMGAS302A Provide enrichment for animals Elective
ACMSUS301A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices Elective
ACMVET406A Nurse animals Core
ACMVET408A Coordinate and perform theatre routines Core
ACMVET410A Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures Core
ACMVET405A Carry out surgical nursing routines Core
ACMVET402A Apply imaging routines Core
ACMVET403A Perform clinic pathology procedures Core

Disclaimer

Not all electives available at all campuses

What are my financial options?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast has a financial option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, call us on 07 5581 8300. We're here to help.

$12,995

FULL FEE

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$8,900

SUBSIDISED

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$7,671

CONCESSION

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Full fee

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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.

Subsidised

The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

Concession

You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability.

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Payment options explained

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, or just want someone to talk it over with, call us on 07 5581 8300. We're here to help.

Additional costs

The textbook cost is in addition to the course fees.  Please see Resources Required.

Outcome

ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Job prospects

  • Veterinary Nurse

Liz Asser

Qualify and be acknowledged for your experience within the workplace

I had been working within the health sector for 20 years before I committed to completing my Certificate IV in Mental Health. Currently a trainer with the Salvation Army, I knew the next step for me was to formalise my experience and training by completing the course with my fellow employees. Despite all my years of experience within the field, I was both amazed and humbled by my experience at TAFE Gold Coast. The highly qualified and empathetic nature of my teachers made me better understand how I can manage my clients in a more effective manner.

Liz Asser
Certificate IV in Mental Health

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You're ready if you have:

  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland

All done? Then you're ready to Enrol now

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tafegoldcoast.edu.au/study-with-us/enrolment-fees/enrol

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

More about RPL

More info:
http://tafegoldcoast.edu.au/study-with-us/career-changers-jobseeker/recognition-prior-learning

Orientation

Orientation for January 2018 intake: 8.00am-4.00pm on Tuesday 30 January 2018 at Southport, Level 4, Room 410 and 8.00am-4.00pm on Wednesday 31 January 2018 at Southport, Level 4, Room 406.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 5 December 2017

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