Frequently Asked Questions

The complete cost for the delivery of the course is 20,999.75 for the Wildlife Elective and $21,250.75 for the Equine Elective.


There is an upfront materials fee of $550. A.C.A.A.S. students are then invoiced the remaining fees monthly as part of their payment plan.

Payment includes:

  • Full tuition as part of a small group in a “state of the art” hospital – with individual support
  • A supportive 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.

Successful applicants can also apply for a personal loan through a community bank if required – please contact us:

  • Email to organise a tour of A.C.A.A.S. and to receive an application form.
  • A.C.A.A.S. has two intakes of students per year, one in February and one in July. Applications are accepted at any stage throughout the year, however, interviews are held in mid January for the February intake and mid June for the July intake.
  • No previous experience in the veterinary industry is required – enthusiasm & willingness to learn is much more important to us.
  • Students must be at least 18 years old to study at ACAAS
  • Please email or call (03) 9796 9583 for further details.


The benefit of doing your Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing with ACAAS is that we arrange a mentoring timetable for you to be able to work one on one with a mentor down in the veterinary clinic. The hours you spend on your mentoring shifts counts towards the 700 hours required as part of completing your Certificate IV.

ACAAS also help arrange work placement at various general practices. This enables you the student to gain experience working in different clinics.

A lot of our previous students have actually gained employment in general practice after doing their practical placement.

You will be attending theory classes at the College for approximately 18 months – On top of this you will need to attend the collage at a minimum of once a week for your mentoring shifts. This will decrease over time should you find work placement or even a position as a nurse in training.

  • TWO years course (4 semesters of study). First 3 semesters is once a week, full day, theory classes and practical sessions in veterinary hospital (allow 2-3 sessions).  Last semester is no theory, is so students can catch up on any outstanding written assessments and/or catch up on practical tasks and skills.
  • First 3 weeks run an “intensive” introductory course. 3 days a week theory; gives students and trainers an idea of whether they want to/ have the ability to work as a Veterinary Nurse.

If all requirements are met to complete the course, then you will be graduating in the December – 2 years after you commenced training.


If you have an older qualification, or have been in the industry for a number of years and decided you would like the current qualification, ACAAS can help you with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

For more information on the RPL process, please visit our Recognition of Prior Learning page

Currently ACAAS offers the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Students can choose from Wildlife or Equine elective.

For further study pathways after completion of the course please see

Currently, ACAAS has had 100% success rate of students gaining employment in the veterinary industry. A majority of our students have gained this employment after participating in work placement at various clinics within the first year of training.

For course outcomes and career pathways, please see