Veterinary Nurse

Overview

Cares for animals under treatment or in temporary residence at veterinary facilities and assists Veterinarians to perform procedures and operations.

Skills

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below. AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

Tasks

  • holding animals to allow examination and treatment by Veterinarians
  • cleaning and sterilising examination tables and equipment
  • preparing instruments and handing them to the Veterinarian
  • assisting Veterinarians to administer anaesthetics and oxygen during operations
  • placing animals in cages for recovery from operations and monitoring their condition
  • giving medications to animals
  • maintaining stock control and records
  • providing animal care advice, and preparing, delivering, and reviewing animal care education programs
  • may perform diagnostic laboratory tests
  • may act as receptionist, accept payments and undertake clerical work

Alternative Titles

  • Animal Nurse
  • Veterinary Assistant

Source: 1220.0 - ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, First Edition.
Note: The tasks associated with the occupation are to be used as guidance only. The tasks listing may include tasks associated with the grouping/category to which the occupation belongs.

Training Pathways

7 courses found.

Course name Providers
ACM50512: Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice)
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Superseded by:
ACM50219 : Diploma of Veterinary Nursing
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ACM50412: Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Emergency and Critical Care)
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Superseded by:
ACM50219 : Diploma of Veterinary Nursing
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ACM50312: Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Dental)
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Superseded by:
ACM50219 : Diploma of Veterinary Nursing
ACM50219: Diploma of Veterinary Nursing
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ACM50212: Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Surgical)
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Superseded by:
ACM50219 : Diploma of Veterinary Nursing
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ACM40517: Certificate IV in Equine Dentistry
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ACM40418: Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
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Funded under:
User Choice Program (Subsidy) , User Choice Program (Subsidy)
Offered as:
Traineeship
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