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Qualification details

ACM40418 - Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Current
Mapping:
MappingNotesDate
Supersedes ACM40412 - 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

Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 11/Dec/2018


Units of competency

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ACMVET416 - Assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisonsAssist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisonsCore
ACMVET412 - Coordinate practice promotional activitiesCoordinate practice promotional activitiesElective
ACMEQU401 - Relate equine anatomical and physiological features to equine health care requirementsRelate equine anatomical and physiological features to equine health care requirementsElective
ACMSUS401 - Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practicesImplement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practicesElective
ACMEQU205 - Apply knowledge of horse behaviourApply knowledge of horse behaviourElective
ACMEQU405 - Maintain and monitor horse health and welfareMaintain and monitor horse health and welfareElective
ACMGAS308 - Communicate effectively with clients and team membersCommunicate effectively with clients and team membersCore
ACMVET407 - Carry out medical nursing routinesCarry out medical nursing routinesCore
ACMEQU402 - Determine nutritional needs in provision of horse health careDetermine nutritional needs in provision of horse health careElective
ACMVET202 - Carry out daily practice routinesCarry out daily practice routinesCore
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Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 361311 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 01/Feb/2019 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0611 Veterinary Studies 01/Feb/2019 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 11/Dec/2018 
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Modification History

Release 

Comments 

Release 1

This version released with ACM Animal Care and Management Training Package Version 2.0.

Qualification Description

This qualification reflects the role of a veterinary nurse who works under the supervision of a registered veterinarian to provide nursing care to animals, to support veterinarians to carry out medical and surgical procedures, and to support clients to maintain health of animals.

The Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing requires access to patients (animals), clients, medical and surgical cases, veterinary staff, and practice policies and procedures.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 240 hours of work placement as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the relevant units of competency.

The scope of practice for veterinary nurses is determined by state and territory legislative and regulatory requirements. Users of this qualification must refer to the relevant legislation and regulations in the development of training and assessment strategies.

Entry Requirements

Entry into this qualification is open to individuals who:

  • hold a Certificate II in Animal Studies

OR

  • hold a relevant Certificate III or higher level qualification in an animal science discipline

OR

  • can demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge in a relevant animal science discipline to any of the above qualifications.

Refer to the Companion Volume Implementation Guide for details.

Packaging Rules

To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in:

  • 21 units of competency:
  • 17 core units plus
  • 4 elective units.

Elective units must ensure the integrity of the qualification’s Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome. The electives are to be chosen as follows:

  • up to 4 units from any of the elective groups listed below
  • up to 2 from any currently endorsed Training Package or accredited course.

Core Units 

ACMGAS307

Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work

ACMGAS308

Communicate effectively with clients and team members

ACMINF301

Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work

ACMVET202

Carry out daily practice routines

ACMVET401

Coordinate veterinary reception duties

ACMVET402

Apply imaging routines

ACMVET403

Perform clinical pathology procedures

ACMVET404

Perform practice office procedures

ACMVET405

Coordinate and perform surgical nursing routines

ACMVET406

Nurse animals

ACMVET407

Carry out medical nursing routines

ACMVET408

Provide nutritional advice and support for animals

ACMVET409

Provide specific animal care advice

ACMVET410

Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures

ACMVET413

Prepare for anaesthesia and monitor animal anaesthesia and analgesia

ACMVET416

Assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisons

ACMWHS301

Contribute to workplace health and safety processes

Elective Units 

An asterisk (*) next to the unit code indicates that there are prerequisite requirements which must be met when packaging the qualification. Please refer to the Prerequisite requirements table for details.

Group A – General electives 

ACMMIC401

Implant microchip in cats and dogs

ACMSUS401

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

ACMVET411

Prepare, deliver and review animal care education programs

ACMVET412

Coordinate practice promotional activities

ACMVET512

Develop and implement specific practice policies

HLTAID003

Provide first aid

Group B – Small and large animal 

ACMSPE304

Provide basic care of domestic dogs

ACMSPE305

Provide basic care of domestic cats

ACMSPE310

Provide basic care of mammals

ACMSPE312

Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits

Group C – Exotic and captive animals 

ACMSPE301

Provide basic care of amphibians

ACMSPE302

Provide basic care of birds

ACMSPE303

Provide basic care of common native mammals

ACMSPE306

Provide basic care of marine fish

ACMSPE307

Provide basic care of freshwater fish

ACMSPE308

Provide basic care of marine invertebrates

ACMSPE309

Provide basic care of terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates

ACMSPE311

Provide basic care of non-venomous reptiles

Group D – Equine 

ACMEQU202*

Handle horses safely

ACMEQU205

Apply knowledge of horse behaviour

ACMEQU401

Relate equine anatomical and physiological features to equine health care requirements

ACMEQU402

Determine nutritional needs in provision of horse health care

ACMEQU405

Maintain and monitor horse health and welfare

ACMHBR304*

Assist with artificial insemination of mares

ACMHBR312

Carry out procedures for foaling down mares

ACMVET414*

Nurse foals

ACMVET415*

Provide intensive foal care and nursing

Prerequisite requirements 

Note: Units listed in the Prerequisite requirement column that have their own prerequisite requirements are shown with an asterisk (*)

Unit of competency 

Prerequisite requirement 

ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely

ACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour

ACMHBR304 Assist with artificial insemination of mares

ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely*

ACMVET414 Nurse foals

ACMEQU202 Handle horses safely*

ACMVET415 Provide intensive foal care and nursing

ACMVET414 Nurse foals*

Qualification Mapping Information

Code and title current version 

Code and title previous version 

Comments 

Equivalence status 

ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Updated 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.

No equivalent qualification

Links

Companion Volumes, including Implementation Guides, are available at VETNet: - https://vetnet.gov.au/Pages/TrainingDocs.aspx?q=b75f4b23-54c9-4cc9-a5db-d3502d154103