ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Why study the ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing?

Commencing in 2019, the new ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing with the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology allows undergraduates to undertake their 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. UQ Skills can assist you with finding a clinic to complete this industry work placement component. 

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

Entry requirements

The new Cert IV has prerequisite entry requirements. As part of your enrolment we will assist you to meet these requirements by providing a pathway through the Certificate II in Animal Studies so you will be eligible to progress into the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

You must be enrolled in UQ Bachelor of Veterinary Technology. 

You will also be eligible to begin this qualification if you:

  1. hold a Certificate II in Animal Studies, OR
  2. hold a relevant Certificate III or higher level qualification in an animal science discipline, OR
  3. can demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge in a relevant animal science discipline to any of the above qualifications.

 So for most of you that means you will need to enrol into and complete the ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies prior to enrolling into the ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. However, the great news is that we have adjusted our program to ensure you can meet these needs and still achieve the two qualifications during the duration of your UQ Bachelor of Veterinary Technology degree.

If you have completed vocational qualifications or have Statements of Attainment, we may be able to apply various credit transfers which coudl reduce the cost of either the Certificate IV or Certificate II.

Packaging rules

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in:

21 units of competency:

  • 17 core units plus
  • 4 elective units.

Core units 

  • ACMGAS307 Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
  • ACMGAS308 Communicate effectively with clients and team members
  • ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
  • ACMVET202 Carry out daily practice routines
  • ACMVET401 Coordinate veterinary reception duties
  • ACMVET402 Apply imaging routines
  • ACMVET403 Perform clinical pathology procedures
  • ACMVET404 Perform practice office procedures
  • ACMVET405 Coordinate and perform surgical nursing routines
  • ACMVET406 Nurse animals
  • ACMVET407 Carry out medical nursing routines
  • ACMVET408 Provide nutritional advice and support for animals
  • ACMVET409 Provide specific animal care advice
  • ACMVET410 Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures
  • ACMVET413 Prepare for anaesthesia and monitor animal anaesthesia and analgesia
  • ACMVET416 Assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisons
  • ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes

Elective units must ensure the integrity of the qualification's Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome. The electives offered are as follows:

Elective units

  • ACMSPE304 Provide basic care of domestic dogs
  • ACMSPE305 Provide basic care of domestic cats
  • ACMMIC401 Implant microchip in cats and dogs
  • ACMCAS301 Work effectively in the companion animal industries

Qualification description

This qualification reflects the role of a veterinary nurse who works under the supervision of a registered veterinarian to provide nursing care to animals, to support veterinarians to carry out medical and surgical procedures, and to support clients to maintain health of animals. The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing requires access to patients (animals), clients, medical and surgical cases, veterinary staff, and practice policies and procedures.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 240 hours of work placement as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the relevant units of competency. The scope of practice for veterinary nurses is determined by state and territory legislative and regulatory requirements. Users of this qualification must refer to the relevant legislation and regulations in the development of training and assessment strategies. 

This qualification has superseded the qualification ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. It has been updated to meet Standards for Training Packages. Students who have begun studying a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing prior to 2019, will continue in the program ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

How to apply

Applications are made directly through UQ Skills. Please contact us to find out more - email us at .

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

All students must provide a Unique Student Identifier before their enrolment can be accepted.

Disclaimer: Details are correct at the time of printing and are subject to change. UQ Skills 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. RTO#1511.



Three years (follows the pathway of the UQ Bachelor of Veterinary Technology degree program).


UQ Gatton campus

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

Full enrolment - $3,150 for the complete ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Cost per unit - $150

Course fees can be split over the duration of the program. Information will be provided at the time of enrolment. See the information on ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies if you wish to enrol in that program prior to your Certificate IV. 

ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies and ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

For students who will enrol and complete the two qualification with UQ Skills, the fee overall will be:

ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies - $990.00

4 x Credit transfers applied

ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing - $2,550.00

Total cost for two qualifications = $3,540.00

A summary of entry requirements is available here.



Phone: (07) 5460 1353

Fax: (07) 5460 1367

Postal address

UQ Skills
Faculty of Science
The University of Queensland,
Gatton Campus
Morrison Hall Building 8123
Gatton Qld 4343


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

Student Handbook

Refund and other UQ-GVEC policies are available in the UQ Skills 2019 Student Handbook (PDF, 4.3MB)