Qualification details

ACM40412 - Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to ACM40410 - Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing 06/Dec/2012
Is superseded by ACM40418 - Certificate IV in Veterinary NursingUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages. Added entry requirements. Six AQF 2 units removed from core. Five new units introduced to core. Changed packaging rules. Changed equine electives. Work placement requirement included 10/Dec/2018

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 07/Dec/2012

Units of competency

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ACMVET203A - Assist with surgery preparationAssist with surgery preparationSupersededCore
ACMSPE306A - Provide basic care of marine fishProvide basic care of marine fishSupersededElective
ACMVET410A - Carry out veterinary dental nursing proceduresCarry out veterinary dental nursing proceduresSupersededCore
ACMSPE304A - Provide basic care of dogsProvide basic care of dogsSupersededElective
ACMSPE312A - Provide basic care of rodents and rabbitsProvide basic care of rodents and rabbitsSupersededElective
ACMSPE308A - Provide basic care of marine aquatic invertebratesProvide basic care of marine aquatic invertebratesSupersededElective
ACMEQU402A - Determine nutritional needs in provision of horse health careDetermine nutritional needs in provision of horse health careSupersededElective
ACMSPE309A - Provide basic care of terrestrial and freshwater invertebratesProvide basic care of terrestrial and freshwater invertebratesSupersededElective
ACMVET413A - Develop and implement specific clinic policiesDevelop and implement specific clinic policiesSupersededElective
AHCAIS401A - Supervise artificial breeding and/or embryo transfer programsSupervise artificial breeding and/or embryo transfer programsSupersededElective
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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 06/May/2013 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6392-11 Veterinary Nurse 06/May/2013 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0611 Veterinary Studies 06/May/2013 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 07/Dec/2012 
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Modification History


TP Version 




Initial release. Supersedes and is equivalent to ACM40410.


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. Candidates undertaking equine elective Units will require access to work experience and/or employment within an equine veterinary clinic or hospital.

Pathways Information

Job Roles

The job role that this Qualification describes includes:

  • Veterinary nurse.

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 related to veterinary nursing.

Pathways from the Qualification

After achieving this Qualification candidates may undertake:

  • ACM50212 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Surgical)
  • ACM50312 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Dental
  • ACM50412 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Emergency and Critical Care)
  • ACM50512 Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (General Practice)

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

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

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.


  • 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

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) CORE Units 

Unit code

Unit title


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


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


Contribute to workplace health and safety processes

ELECTIVE: Complete four (4) additional ELECTIVE Units from ACM10 or from any other nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course. 

Units selected must 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



Relate anatomical and physiological features to equine health care requirements


Determine nutritional needs in provision of horse health care


Monitor and maintain horse health and welfare


Nurse foals


Provide intensive foal care and nursing*

ACMVET414A Nurse foals


Supervise artificial breeding and/or embryo transfer programs


Handle young horses


Provide daily care of horses


Carry out mare mating or artificial insemination procedures


Handle and care for stallions


Implement procedures for foaling down of mares