Training at ACAAS for ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing takes place over a two year period.

Following the 3 week intensive Introduction Block, students will attend one theory session per week for 18 months – enabling them to complete the knowledge component whilst gaining hands on practical experience. The last 6 months of the 2 year period is dedicated to ensuring all knowledge and practical components are completed so as to meet the requirements for the qualification in order for the student to graduate.

Students are supplied with training materials of the highest standard written by our team of veterinarians and critical care nurses. The materials relate to all aspects of the required learning and form a valuable resource to be used in professional situations. Assessments support and enhanced learning are developed to encourage learners to research further into industry related topics.

Unique to ACAAS is our system of mentoring where students receive tailored mentoring (by ACAAS staff) – assisting in real life situations that are part of the daily requirements of a veterinary clinic. This practical training ensures that all students have the highly developed professional skills required by the veterinary industry.

Students are required to complete at least two small animal Veterinary Practical Placements and one placement related to their elective choice (Equine & Wildlife).

We offer students a unique opportunity to visit a pathology facility. Gribbles laboratories are fully equipped with the latest diagnostic equipment and the most advanced technology. The Gribbles lab team consists of exceptional personnel and pathologists who are specialists in their field.

With small class sizes – never more than 15, students enjoy an outstanding learning environment designed to produce practicing veterinary nurses with the knowledge and skills to make a significant contribution to animal health and welfare.

And last but not least our students do not need to be working in the industry to study with us.

Further information on RPL (recognition of prior learning) is available upon request.

  • ACMGAS307 Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
  • ACMGAS308 Communicate effectively with clients and team members
  • ACMVET202 Carry out daily practice routines
  • ACMINF301 Comply with infection control policies & procedures in animal work
  • ACMWHS301 Contribute to workplace health & safety processes
  • 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


  • ACMCAN307 Rehabilitate native wildlife
  • ACMSPE302 Provide basic care of birds
  • ACMSPE303 Provide basic care of common native mammals
  • ACMSPE311 Provide basic care of non-venomous reptiles



  • ACMEQU202 Handle horses safety (Pre-requisite unit)
  • ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour (Pre-requisite unit)
  • ACMEQU405 Maintain and monitor horse health and welfare
  • ACMHBR310 Prevent and treat equine injury

The complete cost for the delivery of the course from July 2019 intake is:

  • $20,999.75 for Wildlife Elective
  • $21,250.55 for Equine Elective

Our course is NOT government funded and is classed as Fee for Service which means the student pays for their course in its entirety. ACAAS students are invoiced and pay monthly as part of a 19 months payment plan.

An initial non-refundable payment of $750 to be paid on acceptance into the course. This payment is made up of the enrolment fee of $400 and $350 for materials supplied.

Payment includes:

  • Full tuition as part of a small group in a veterinary hospital (1 theory day per week) – with individual support
  • A supportive mentoring system for the period of your training (practical sessions within the Veterinary Hospital)
  • Regular progression interviews
  • Networking opportunities within the industry
  • Work experience practical placement provided within the Veterinary Nursing Industry
  • Full hands-on experience in a variety of situations with a variety of species including native animals, avian, equine and small
  • Equine nursing elective stream
  • Q-Fever Personal Protective Equipment
  • Nurses Joey pack

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