Veterinary Nurse (VIC)
Education and Training:
To become a veterinary nurse you usually have to complete a VET qualification in veterinary nursing. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You may be able to study through distance education.
You can also become a veterinary nurse through a traineeship in Veterinary Nursing. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Students are usually required to organise access to a veterinary clinic for full-time or part-time employment and work practice.
After completing the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and gaining 12 months of experience, you may be able to apply for accreditation with the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia (VNCA).
While the following courses are related to this occupation, they may not necessarily lead directly to employment, nor provide the most direct pathway to the occupation. Courses which provide preliminary or informal training, as well as those which provide additional job skills following initial qualifications may also be listed.
*Course is offered by more than one institution. Click link for details.
- Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing *
- Diploma of Veterinary Nursing - Dental
- Diploma of Veterinary Nursing - Emergency and Critical Care
- Diploma of Veterinary Nursing - General Practice *
- Diploma of Veterinary Nursing - Surgical
- Associate Degree in Veterinary Nursing
- Master of Veterinary Public Health - Emergency Animal Diseases
Veterinary nurses are mainly employed by veterinarians in private practices, but some find work looking after animals in zoos, wildlife parks and animal welfare organisations, as well as in veterinary research and teaching institutions.
Some experienced veterinary nurses are now gaining employment in marketing and merchandising with veterinary pharmaceutical organisations. A small number are also entering the field of veterinary practice management, or specialising in specific areas such as dental, surgical support or emergency and critical care nursing.
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