Melbourne Polytechnic
Melbourne Polytechnic

Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing

Bachelor Degree

Course description



3 yrs

Study mode



Start date



  • Turn your passion for animal welfare into your career with the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing
  • Study a La Trobe University degree at the Epping campus of Melbourne Polytechnic
  • Get real world experience through clinical placements

Course details

Entry requirements
  • Year 12 with a study score of at least 20 in any of mathematics, chemistry or biology, OR
  • Diploma of Veterinary Nursing or related area, OR
  • 2 years of related industry experience
Start dates
Full-time: 3 years | Part-time: 6 years
Study mode
On-campus (full time), On-campus (part time)
Education institution
Melbourne Polytechnic (RTO 3075)
The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including your citizenship or whether you have completed any other courses. To find out more, contact the course provider.
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Course content

28 units

  • Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous cultural literacy for higher education
  • Applied research project 1
  • Applied research project 2
  • Academic integrity module
  • Animal care and management
  • Veterinary clinical perspectives: Animal form, function and health A
  • Veterinary clinical perspectives: Animal form, function and health B
  • Communication for the veterinary team
  • Equine health systems
  • Foundation studies for veterinary nursing
  • Introduction to veterinary nursing practice
  • Small animal behaviour and training
  • Applied veterinary nursing practice A
  • Diagnostic imaging and anaesthesia
  • Evidence based practice for veterinary nurses
  • Introduction to advanced veterinary nursing
  • Veterinary practice management
  • The practicing veterinary nurse
  • Veterinary nursing and animal disease
  • Applied veterinary nursing practice B
  • Advanced equine health care
  • Advanced veterinary surgical patient care
  • Exotics, avian and wildlife care
  • Emergency and critical care
  • Large animal health care
  • Advanced veterinary medical patient care
  • Physical therapy for veterinary nursing patients
  • Veterinary shelter medicine and patient care

What you’ll learn

  • Animal care and management
  • Veterinary nursing practice
  • Emergency and critical care
  • Physical therapy for veterinary nursing patients
  • Animal behaviour and training

Support and delivery

When you study with Melbourne Polytechnic, you have access to:

  • Studiosity - an online platform where subject specialists answer all your study questions
  • Student counselling services
  • Help finding accommodation
  • Financial and study concerns support
  • Fitness and health facilities
  • Disability support services
  • Libraries and bookshops

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