Veterinary nurses have an important role in a vet clinic because they assist veterinarians during surgery, handle stressed animals and administer anaesthetic to patients.
While vet nurses do not need to go to university, it’s often expected that they hold a Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing so they have the theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience to work in a clinical setting.
Vetdojo has a number of courses that can be done online to assist vet nurses with their professional development. You’ll join a community of like-minded vets and vet nurses where you can learn more about clinical procedures, and specialise in areas that interest you.
Below are some common questions that we receive regarding veterinary nursing.
Can you study vet nursing online?
Yes, most veterinary nursing courses are offered as both flexible online and in-clinic courses. Therefore, the theory can be completed via online modules, but on-the-job training is done in person.
Can a vet nurse become a veterinarian?
Yes, a vet nurse can go on to study to become a veterinarian. However, becoming a veterinarian requires extensive study at university, while a veterinary nurse is only required to do a Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing.
How much does a veterinary nurse make a year?
This would depend on the current award wages and the terms of employment, for example, casual versus full time, day shift and/or night shift penalty rates. Most vet nurses begin their career without experience; therefore, their wages will reflect this. As experience is gained, wages usually increase.
On average a starting veterinary nurse can expect to earn $40,000-50,000 per annum, but salaries can increase with specialist skills in surgery or rehabilitation.
What qualifications do you need to be a veterinary nurse assistant?
To be employed as a veterinary nurse, it is generally a prerequisite of most vet clinics that you enrol into Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing course to coincide with the start of your employment. You will receive on the job training and experience as well as the online theory learning via your course content. Once qualified, you can then go on to specialise in different areas of veterinary nursing such as emergency & critical care, or even practice management.
How much does a vet nurse course cost?
This would depend on the particular organisation offering the course, and the payment terms. Some courses are paid upfront, while others offer payment plans.
Is vet nursing a difficult job?
Like most jobs, veterinary nursing has its challenging moments. It may seem overwhelming at first, especially with regard to animal handling and confronting situations. But with knowledge and experience, being a veterinary nurse is a wonderfully rewarding job.
How long is vet nurse training?
Length of time to achieve your Certificate IV Vet Nurse qualification can vary, depending on course enrolment (part time vs full time study) and whether or not recognition of prior learning (RPL) can be taken into account.
Is vet nursing stressful?
It can certainly be stressful at times, but with clear communication and a great team, you can support each other through anything.
Is vet school harder than nursing school?
A high level of skill and expertise is required to become a veterinarian. A vet is responsible for the examination, diagnosis and treatment of many species of animals, and they are supported by their nursing team. Vet nurses are to veterinarians what nurses are to doctors.
What is the difference between a vet tech and vet nurse?
A vet tech has generally completed a higher level of academic studies than a vet nurse, and usually holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology. A veterinary nurse generally holds a Cert IV Veterinary Nursing qualification, which can be obtained from a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
Can you get your veterinary nursing degree online?
Due to the nature of the job, hands-on clinical components of a veterinary nursing course are required in order to obtain the certificate. This is usually in the form of clinical rotations. The theory components of a vet nursing course are sometimes offered online depending on the organisation.
Can a registered nurse (RN) become a veterinarian?
Yes, a registered nurse can certainly become a veterinarian. However, it’s a good idea to volunteer at an animal shelter or veterinary clinic first, to ensure switching from treating humans to animals is the path they would like to take!
Can you become a vet in 6 years?
Depending on the educational institution, it generally takes between 5 – 7 years to become a qualified veterinarian.
What is the difference between a vet tech and a vet assistant?
A veterinary nurse assistant requires no formal qualifications to be employed in a vet clinic. However, attaining Cert II or Cert III in Animal Studies is recommended. A vet nurse assistant primarily works under the supervision of a veterinary nurse helping with cleaning cages, feeding and comforting the animals.
Can you become a vet tech without going to school?
No, you need to complete a qualification to become a vet tech such as a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology.