ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (ACM40412)

The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (ACM40412) is offered through UQ-GVEC as an additional optional qualification for those students enrolled in the UQ Bachelor of Veterinary Technology.

Why study the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing?

The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing with the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology allows undergraduates to undertake the academic qualification with a vocational alignment to enhance the value of their Bachelor degree. The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, which is an ‘industry-based’ qualification, will provide you with an additional level of clinical skills in combination with underpinning knowledge of veterinary practice procedures - attributes sought after by many employers in the sector.

Get your career off to a flying start

Enhanced clinical skills gained via the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing are a distinct advantage in achieving employment in the industry, with graduates ‘fit for practice’ upon graduation. Candidates should expect that access to a veterinary clinic whilst undertaking study for this qualification will be essential for meeting assessment requirements.

The competencies of this course will be primarily aligned and delivered alongside the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology, through the University of Queensland.

Clinical experience without the gaps

Knowledge and practical skills that are not covered in the degree will be covered during fortnightly meetings/ tutorials with your trainer and gained through experience when placed within the industry.

On completion you will be able to apply WHS, safe working and quality assurance practices to industry standards and be able to perform the duties of a veterinary nurse working under minimal supervision.

These duties include:

  • reception and administrative duties
  • veterinary medical nursing
  • veterinary surgical nursing
  • general cleaning and hygiene
  • technical maintenance
  • animal care
  • veterinary clinical pathology procedures
  • veterinary radiographic procedures
  • veterinary anaesthetic nursing

Program overview

  • ACMGAS202A Participate in workplace communications
  • ACMGAS204A Feed and water animals
  • ACMGAS205A Assist in health care of animals
  • ACMGAS208A Source information for animal care needs
  • ACMVET201A Carry out veterinary nursing reception duties
  • ACMVET202A Carry out daily clinic routines
  • ACMVET203A Assist with surgery preparation
  • ACMINF301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work
  • ACMWHS301A Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
  • ACMVET401A Coordinate patient admission and discharge
  • ACMVET402A Apply imaging routines
  • ACMVET403A Perform clinic pathology procedures
  • ACMVET404A Perform clinic office procedures
  • ACMVET405A Carry out surgical nursing routines
  • ACMVET406A Nurse animals
  • ACMVET407A Carry out medical nursing routines
  • ACMVET408A Coordinate and perform theatre routines
  • ACMVET409A Provide specific animal care advice
  • ACMVET410A Carry out veterinary dental nursing routines

Elective units – four to be chosen from the list below during consultation with trainer/assessor

  • ACMSPE304A Provide basic care of dogs
  • ACMSPE305A Provide basic care of domestic  cats
  • ACMMIC401A Implant microchip in cats and dogs
  • ACMVET413A Develop and implement specific clinic policies
  • ACMSPE302A Provide basic care of birds
  • ACMSPE310A Provide basic care of mammals
  • ACMSPE311A Provide basic care of non-venomous reptiles

How to apply

Applications are made directly through UQ-GVEC. Please contact us to find out more.

Disclaimer: Details are correct at the time of printing and are subject to change. UQ-GVEC reserves the right to change programs, subjects or costs or to cancel a program based on consideration of student numbers and resource allocation. Ensure that you understand the program, subjects, associated costs and fee liability prior to signing an enrolment form.



Three years (can be completed within a shorter timeframe if enrolled midway through degree).

Students may commence the program at any time.



Delivery Mode

Internal or external

Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

Students must be enrolled in the UQ Bachelor of Veterinary Technology to apply.

This program is not available to international students.

Fees for Australian students

$3000 payable in instalments of $500 per semester. The first instalment is to be paid prior to commencement.



Phone: (07) 5460 1353

Fax: (07) 5460 1367

Postal address:

The University of Queensland,
Gatton Campus
Gatton Qld 4343


If you wish to apply please contact UQ-GVEC using the details above.

Code of Practice

Refund and other UQ-GVEC policies are available in the Code of Practice.