Veterinary Nurse ANZSCO 361311

A veterinary nurse takes care of animals being treated at veterinary facilities and assists Veterinarians in performing procedures and operations.

What are the alternative titles for a Veterinary Nurse?

  • Animal Nurse
  • Veterinary Assistant

What are the highly relevant tasks of a Veterinary Nurse?

  • Holding animals to allow examination and treatment by Veterinarians.
  • Cleaning and sterilising examination tables and equipment.
  • Prepare instruments and hand 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 a receptionist, accept payments, and undertake clerical work.

What level of occupation is a Veterinary Nurse as per VETASSESS?

A veterinary nurse ANZSCO code 361311 is a Group D occupation. A group D occupation requires an AQF equivalent Certificate III of Certificate IV study.

Which skill assessment body is responsible for Veterinary Nurse Skill Assessment?

A veterinary nurse ANZSCO code 361311 migration skill assessment is conducted by VETASSESS as VETASSESS is an authorized agency appointed by the Australian government.

Veterinary Nurse ANZSCO 361311Skill Assessment

A positive veterinary nurse ANZSCO 361311 skill assessment can be achieved in the following 4 ways which have been explained in the following table:

Veterinary NurseComparable Certificate III or IV AQF LevelWith a Highly relevant major field of studyAdditional highly relevant qualificationsHighly Relevant employment duration
First PathwayMinimum AQF Certificate IVYESNO1 YEAR MINIMUM
Second PathwayMinimum AQF Certificate IVNONO2 YEARS MINIMUM
Third PathwayMinimum AQF Certificate IIIYESNO3 YEARS MINIMUM

Pre-qualification methodology can apply to Group D occupations.

Veterinary NurseHighly relevant employment durationWith or without a highly relevant major field of studyAdditional Highly relevant qualificationsMinimum comparable Certificate IV AQF Level
Fourth Pathway3 Years Minimum plus 1-year minimum within the last 5 years.NONOYES

* Highly relevant paid employment duration (20 hours or more per week) 1-3 minimum years of employment highly relevant to the nominated occupation, completed at an appropriate skill level in the five years before the date of application for a Skills Assessment.

* Minimum four years of relevant employment required – Three years of relevant employment (can be outside the last 5-year period) in addition to at least one year of highly relevant employment within the previous five years before applying.

What are the highly relevant significant fields of study for a Veterinary Nurse?

A veterinary nurse must have completed Qualification AQF Certificate III or IV or higher qualification. This includes qualifications assessed at AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree, Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral level.

Highly relevant significant fields of study include:

Veterinary Nursing

Veterinary Medicine

Animal Science and Behaviour


What can a Veterinary Nurse Study in Australia?

A veterinary nurse can study the following courses:

ACM40418 – Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

Certificate 4 in veterinary nursing reflects the role of a veterinary nurse who works under the supervision of a registered veterinarian to provide nursing care to animals, support veterinarians in carrying out medical and surgical procedures, and support clients in maintaining the health of animals.

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

To complete Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, a student must complete 17 core subjects and four elective subjects.

Core Units 

ACMGAS307Identify animal anatomy and physiology for animal care work
ACMGAS308Communicate effectively with clients and team members
ACMINF301Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care work
ACMVET202Carry out daily practice routines
ACMVET401Coordinate veterinary reception duties
ACMVET402Apply imaging routines
ACMVET403Perform clinical pathology procedures
ACMVET404Perform practice office procedures
ACMVET405Coordinate and perform surgical nursing routines
ACMVET406Nurse animals
ACMVET407Carry out medical nursing routines
ACMVET408Provide nutritional advice and support for animals
ACMVET409Provide specific animal care advice
ACMVET410Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures
ACMVET413Prepare for anaesthesia and monitor animal anaesthesia and analgesia
ACMVET416Assist with the preparation of veterinary drugs and poisons
ACMWHS301Contribute 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 

ACMMIC401Implant microchip in cats and dogs
ACMSUS401Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
ACMVET411Prepare, deliver and review animal care education programs
ACMVET412Coordinate practice promotional activities
ACMVET512Develop and implement specific practice policies
HLTAID011Provide First Aid

Group B – Small and large animal 

ACMSPE304Provide basic care of domestic dogs
ACMSPE305Provide basic care of domestic cats
ACMSPE310Provide basic care of mammals
ACMSPE312Provide basic care of rodents and rabbits

Group C – Exotic and captive animals 

ACMSPE301Provide basic care of amphibians
ACMSPE302Provide basic care of birds
ACMSPE303Provide basic care of common native mammals
ACMSPE306Provide basic care of marine fish
ACMSPE307Provide basic care of freshwater fish
ACMSPE308Provide basic care of marine invertebrates
ACMSPE309Provide basic care of terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates
ACMSPE311Provide basic care of non-venomous reptiles

Group D – Equine 

ACMEQU202*Handle horses safely
ACMEQU205Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
ACMEQU401Relate equine anatomical and physiological features to equine health care requirements
ACMEQU402Determine nutritional needs in provision of horse health care
ACMEQU405Maintain and monitor horse health and welfare
ACMHBR304*Assist with artificial insemination of mares
ACMHBR312Carry 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 safelyACMEQU205 Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
ACMHBR304 Assist with artificial insemination of maresACMEQU202 Handle horses safely*
ACMVET414 Nurse foalsACMEQU202 Handle horses safely*
ACMVET415 Provide intensive foal care and nursingACMVET414 Nurse foals*

Veterinary Nurse ANZSCO 361311 is in which skilled occupation list?

The veterinary nurse ANZSCO code 361311 is in STSOL (Short-term Skilled Occupation List).

Veterinary Nurse ANZSCO 361311 is eligible for which Australian Visas?

The veterinary nurse ANZSCO code 361311 is eligible for the following visas:

Subclass 190 – Skilled Nominated Visa

Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional Visa

Subclass 482 TSS – Medium and Short Stream

DAMA – Labour Agreement

Subclass 187 RSMS: TRT

Subclass 494 SESR: Employer Sponsored

Subclass 407: Training Visa: Enhance Skills

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