Qualification details

ACM40410 - Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to ACM40412 - Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing 06/Dec/2012
Supersedes RUV40404 - Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing 10/Nov/2010

ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 09/Mar/2012
(View details for release 1) 11/Nov/2010

Units of competency

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ACMVET203A - Assist with surgery preparationAssist with surgery preparationSupersededN/A
ACMSPE306A - Provide basic care of marine fishProvide basic care of marine fishSupersededN/A
ACMVET410A - Carry out veterinary dental nursing proceduresCarry out veterinary dental nursing proceduresSupersededN/A
ACMSPE304A - Provide basic care of dogsProvide basic care of dogsSupersededN/A
ACMSPE312A - Provide basic care of rodents and rabbitsProvide basic care of rodents and rabbitsSupersededN/A
ACMSPE308A - Provide basic care of marine aquatic invertebratesProvide basic care of marine aquatic invertebratesSupersededN/A
ACMSPE309A - Provide basic care of terrestrial and freshwater invertebratesProvide basic care of terrestrial and freshwater invertebratesSupersededN/A
ACMVET413A - Develop and implement specific clinic policiesDevelop and implement specific clinic policiesSupersededN/A
ACMOHS301A - Contribute to occupational health and safety processesContribute to occupational health and safety processesSupersededN/A
ACMVET407A - Carry out medical nursing routinesCarry out medical nursing routinesSupersededN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 361311 Veterinary Nurse 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6392-11 Veterinary Nurse 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0611 Veterinary Studies 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Veterinary Nursing 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Veterinary Nurse 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 361311 Veterinary Nurse 11/Nov/2010 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6392-11 Veterinary Nurse 11/Nov/2010 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0611 Veterinary Studies 11/Nov/2010 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 11/Nov/2010 
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Modification History

Updated imported Unit: HLTFA301B replaced with HLTFA301C


This qualification is the industry qualification for persons operating as veterinary nurses within veterinary clinics. Candidates should expect that access to a veterinary clinic whilst undertaking study for this qualification will be essential for meeting assessment requirements. Access may be through either paid employment or substantial periods of work placement or work experience blocks.

Job roles 

The job role that this qualification describes includes:

  • Veterinary nurse.

Pathways Information

Pathways  into the qualification 

Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

  • direct entry
  • after achieving ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • vocational training and/or work experience across a range of work settings.

This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeships pathways.

Pathways  from the qualification 

After achieving this qualification candidates may undertake:

  • ACM50210 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Surgery)
  • ACM50310 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Dental)
  • ACM50410 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Emergency and Critical Care)

Licensing/Regulatory Information

There is a direct link between this qualification and approval to perform veterinary nursing duties under the Western Australian (WA) Veterinary Surgeons Act 1960 as amended. The WA Veterinary Surgeons Board must approve qualified persons to carry out the duties of veterinary nurses and must authorise persons enrolled in approved courses to perform the duties of trainee veterinary nurses. Candidates should confirm the regulatory requirements that apply in their relevant state or territory. In addition, individual units of competency may specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary


Employability Skill 

Industry /enterprise requirements for this qualification include :


  • apply numeracy skills to workplace requirements
  • complete workplace documentation and records
  • communicate with all team members in a professional manner
  • demonstrate effective and appropriate documentation, communication and interpersonal skills when dealing with internal and external clients
  • use a range of communication technologies to support work operations.


  • work cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race or religion
  • liaise with and provide support to other team members
  • demonstrate leadership skills
  • identify and manage performance required to meet internal and external customer needs in own work and teamwork
  • maintain organisational processes and provide problem solving support to others.

Problem solving

  • investigate problem causes
  • identify, rectify or report potential and actual problems associated with work operations
  • identify factors which may affect the service to be provided
  • use material and operational knowledge to solve problems
  • use numeracy skills to solve problems
  • identify hazards and suggest control measures
  • monitor animal welfare and safety practices in the workplace.

Initiative and enterprise

  • assist in the implementation of continuous improvement processes
  • gather and analyse feedback on products, procedures and services
  • determine and act on situations requiring further information or problem solving
  • provide leadership in the workplace.

Planning and organising

  • analyse data and information to determine implications for work operations
  • participate in continuous improvement and planning processes
  • identify hazards and implement appropriate hazard control measures
  • demonstrate time-management skills
  • source and prepare materials and resources and ensure availability to support work operations
  • schedule and sequence work to maximise safety and productivity.


  • interpret and apply relevant Acts and regulations
  • keep the work area clean and hygienic at all times
  • monitor own work and work of team and identify and act on any quality issues
  • manage own time to meet deadlines
  • implement and monitor workplace procedures and instructions
  • recognise own shortcomings and seek advice and assistance from supervisors.


  • assess work data and information to identify areas for improved performance
  • be supportive, assertive and use interpersonal skills to encourage workplace learning
  • identify own training needs and seek skill development if required
  • implement learning activities as appropriate to ensure achievement of specified work requirements
  • gather feedback on own work to assess effectiveness in meeting objectives and integrate information into own practice.


  • use computer software applications effectively
  • work with machines and workplace technology safely and according to workplace standards
  • help others use technology efficiently and safely
  • ensure readiness, operational efficiency and safety of workplace technology.

Packaging Rules

Packaging Rules 

A total of twenty three  (23 ) units  of competency must be achieved as specified below.

  • Complete nineteen  (19 ) CORE units
  • Complete four  (4 ) ELECTIVE units.

CORE : Complete the following nineteen  (19 ) units 


Participate in workplace communications


Feed and water animals


Assist in health care of animals


Source information for animal care needs


Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work


Contribute to occupational health and safety processes


Carry out veterinary nursing reception duties


Carry out daily clinic routines


Assist with surgery preparation


Coordinate patient admission and discharge


Apply imaging routines


Perform clinic pathology procedures


Perform clinic office procedures


Carry out surgical nursing routines


Nurse animals


Carry out medical nursing routines


Coordinate and perform theatre routines


Provide specific animal care advice


Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures

ELECTIVE : Complete four  (4 ) additional ELECTIVE units from from ACM10 or from any other nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course . Units selected must be aligned to Certificates III or IV and be relevant to work undertaken in the veterinary nursing sector. Suggested units are:


Implant microchip in cats and dogs


Prepare, deliver and review animal care education programs


Coordinate clinic promotional activities


Develop and implement specific clinic policies


Provide basic care of amphibians


Provide basic care of birds


Provide basic care of common native mammals


Provide basic care of dogs


Provide basic care of domestic cats


Provide basic care of marine fish


Provide basic care of freshwater fish


Provide basic care of marine aquatic invertebrates


Provide basic care of terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates


Provide basic care of mammals


Provide basic care of non-venomous reptiles


Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


Apply first aid