Veterinary Nursing

Veterinary Nursing is a great study option. Veterinary Nurses provide assistance to Veterinarians, and an important role in animal health care in Australia and around the world. Generally they administer medications to animals under the supervision of a veterinarian, stock medical supplies, maintain and sterilise equipment, keep medical records up-to-date and provide assistance during consultations

Course Overview


You will learn to carry out veterinary clinic reception duties, help with surgical preparations and procedures, respond to emergencies, take blood tests and x-rays and prepare medicines prescribed by the vet. You will also learn how to provide safe and effective animal care, comply with infection control and maintain equipment. You will gain a comprehensive knowledge of workplace safety, general administration, stock control as well as coordinating consulting and theatre routines.You will be able to advise clients about nutrition, animal care, grooming and parasite control products. You will participate in practical training at the veterinary clinic located on campus.


Course Duration

9 months – 1.5 year

Intake Dates

Jan, April and July


Gold Coast, Sydney and Perth


From $8,500

The Course Details

Graduate Outcome 

Potential Career Pathways: 

  • Animal Hospital Assistant
  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Wildlife Hospital Nurse

Higher Education Opportunities:

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing
  • Bachelor of Biology

Common Course Requirements

You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
  • 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Related Courses

 – Nursing

Frequently Asked Questions

In case you don’t find an answer to your question, feel free to consult with one of our agents.

What do you do as a veterinary nurse?

Veterinary Nurses care for animals under treatment and in temporary residence at veterinary facilities and assist Veterinarians to perform procedures and operations.

Typical tasks a veterinary nurse would do include:

  • 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
Where can I study to be vet nurse in Australia?

You can study to become a vet nurse on The Gold Coast.

How much does a vet nurse get paid?

As per Job Outlook, a qualified vet nurse earns $1,088 a week, on average.

What qualifications do I need to be a vet nurse?

To be a qualified vet nurse in Australia you need to have successfully completed a certificate III in Animal Studies and a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

How much is a veterinary nurse course?

Veterinary courses cost approximately $12,285 per year.

How long does it take to become a qualified vet nurse?

It takes 21 months to complete both the Certificate III in Animal Studies and Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

What is the study timetable like for veterinary nurse courses?
Timetable information is specific to the Registered Training Organisation.

Note that there is placement for vet nurse courses:

Certificate III in Animal Studies
Stage 1 – 80 hours Work Experience (optional)

Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
Stage 2 – 120 hours Vocational Placement
Stage 3 – 120 hours Vocational Placement

If you are not currently employed or volunteering in industry, during your course you will be required to complete vocational placement so you can start practising your new skills in a real-world environment. You’ll be required to work shifts determined by your placement provider, and these can include early mornings or late nights, any day of the week, including public holidays. TAFE Queensland may be able to assist in arranging suitable placements.

Completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You may be expected to travel up to one hour to attend your vocational placement facility and will be responsible for all costs associated with attending that facility. Due to limitations on placement availability, TAFE Queensland cannot guarantee proximity to your location.

You are required to complete 240 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.

Will these qualifications be recognised in my home country?
These qualifications are part of the Australian Qualification Framework. Most countries, specifically European or North American countries, accept qualifications issued by Australia. So yes, generally speaking, the qualifications will be accepted and allow you to work in your home country. Please note, we would always advise you check specifically with your home country.
What is the difference between a veterinarian, a vet technician and a vet nurse?
A Veterinarian is qualified to operate on animals. To become a registered Veterinarian in Australia, you need to study for 6-7 years. Firstly, one must complete a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree at an accredited university, followed by a Doctor of Veterinary Science.

Veterinary Technician
To become a Veterinary Technician, you need to study a bachelor’s degree of Veterinary Technology. This is often more of an academic path than an applied one, as there are generally fewer clinical roles for veterinary technicians in Australian general practice.

Veterinary Nurse
To become a veterinary nurse, you need to study a package course of Certificate III in Animal Studies, packaged with Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. These courses take 21 months to study. Veterinary Nurses work closely with Veterinarians and often perform higher-level tasks such as aiding with the administration of anaesthesia during surgery, taking and running tests on blood and stool samples, performing dental procedures, preparing animals for surgery, and educating owners on proper aftercare. They also assist with cleaning and sterilising cages.

Is a Veterinary Nurse in demand in Australia?
As per Job Outlook, the number of people working as Veterinary Nurses (in their main job) is about the same as 5 years ago and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years from 11,600 in 2018 to 12,700 by 2023. Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving). There are likely to be around 9,000 job openings over 5 years (that’s about 1,800 a year).
How do I get started?

If you complete this questionnaire we’ll be able to send you some detailed information on the course and explain what documents you’ll need for enrolment.


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Study Veterinary Nursing was last modified: September 23rd, 2020 by Nick Yock