Times are changing for pet ownership in Australia, with more households owning pets than ever which is increasing demand for veterinary services. Over 70% of pet owners now view the role of veterinary services as keeping their pets healthy rather than treating them when they are sick. If you dream of a career taking care of animals, Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing will set you on the path to becoming a veterinary nurse.Learn industry standard in veterinary environments
The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing at Melbourne Polytechnic helps you develop a range of animal care skills including clinical and surgical routines. Developed with our veterinary industry partners, the course focuses on practical learning that reflects real life scenarios. Practice clinical skills in our purpose-built veterinary precinct, Melbourne Polytechnic's Veterinary Nursing Learning Centre, which includes extensive simulated veterinary practice suites. You'll be trained by enthusiastic, industry-experienced teachers in a range of areas from reception duties to clinical pathology, radiology, theatre routines, dental nursing and general animal care.Open doors to multiple career paths
Completing Melbourne Polytechnic's nationally-recognised veterinary nursing certificate sets you up for multiple career paths. You can choose to work in animal pharmaceuticals, for the pet food industry, at your local vet or in a specialised clinic. You might even pursue work with animal welfare rescue organisations, or use your extensive knowledge at non-medical care organisations such as animal shelters or pet maintenance business.
As a graduate you may find work in private veterinary clinics offering a diverse range of services and undertaking various tasks and duties. The course also opens doors to working for pet food companies, in animal pharmaceuticals or specialist clinics.
You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.