Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Commencing in 2019, the new Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (ACM40418) with the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology enables undergraduates to undertake a vocational qualification to enhance the value of the Bachelor degree.

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 will need to access a veterinary clinic while undertaking study for this qualification to meet the assessment requirements. UQ Skills can assist you in 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, Gatton Campus.

Clinical experience without the gaps

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

On completion, you will be able to apply workplace health and safety 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 Certificate 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 NursingHowever, 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 could 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 the 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.

This qualification has superseded the qualification Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (ACM40412). 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 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (ACM40412).

More information

Policies and programs

UQ Skills policies are all outlined in the 2020 Student HandbookInformation about all our programs can be found in the 2020 Programs Guide.

Unique Student Identifier Information (USI)

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

Disclaimer: Details are correct at the time of upload 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

How to apply

Applications are made directly through UQ Skills. Contact us to find out more.


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

You may commence this program at any time.


UQ Gatton Campus

Delivery mode

Internal or external

Entry requirements/prerequisites

You must be enrolled in the UQ Bachelor of Veterinary Technology.

This program is not available to international students.

Fees for Australian students

Full enrolment - $3150 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. 

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

  • ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies - $990 (4 x credit transfers applied)
  • ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing - $2550