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

Following a 3 week intensive introductory to Veterinary Nursing, students will attend one theory session per week – enabling them to complete the knowledge based learning required by the Qualification.

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 enhance learning and are developed to encourage learners to research further into industry related topics.

Unique to ACAAS is our system of mentoring where students receive individual 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 do at least two small animal Veterinary Practical Placements & 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


  •  ACMSPE303A Provide basic care for common native mammals
  •  ACMCAN307A Rehabilitate native wildlife
  •  ACMCAN311A Care for young animals
  •  ACMGAS303A Plan for and Provide Nutritional Requirements for Animals



  •  ACMEQU401A Relate anatomical & physiological features to equine health care requirements
  •  ACMEQU402A Determine nutritional needs in provision of horse health care
  •  ACMEQU405A Monitor and maintain horse health and welfare
  •  ACMVET414A Nurse Foals

The complete cost for the delivery of the course from July 2019 intake is $20,999.75 for the Wildlife Elective and for students wishing the equine elective the cost is $21,250.55

Fees will be invoiced and paid monthly.

ACAAS students are invoiced monthly as part of their payment plan.

Included in the course fee is a non-refundable materials fee of $550.00 to be paid on acceptance in to the course.

Payment includes:

  • Full tuition as part of a small group in a “state of the art” hospital (1 theory day per week) – with individual support
  • A supportive practical mentoring system for the period of your training.
  • Regular progression interviews
  • Networking opportunities within the industry
  • Assistance in placement within the Veterinary Nursing Industry
  • Full hands-on experience in a variety of situations.
  • Equine nursing elective stream.

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