This Qualification is the industry Qualification for persons operating as veterinary nurses within veterinary clinics. Candidates should expect that access to a small animal veterinary clinic whilst undertaking study for this Qualification will be essential for meeting assessment requirements and for conducting workplace assessment. Access may be through either paid employment or substantial periods of work placement or work experience blocks. Kate is a veterinary nurse at a local vet hospital. She is capable of providing support to veterinarians in the management and care of animals receiving medical and surgical treatment. Kate has the ability to perform various tasks on a day-to-day basis such as: assisting veterinarians during consultations, examinations and treatments; coordinating patient admission and discharge; performing diagnostic laboratory tests (including urine, faecal and blood tests);assisting veterinarians to produce diagnostic radiographs; caring for hospitalised animals, including wound management and bandaging support, feeding and exercise; providing surgical support by completing preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative surgical routines, amongst many other tasks. Her set of skills and knowledge can be seen below.

ACMGAS202A Participate in workplace communications

Kate has the ability to carry out the process of effectively participating in workplace communications in an animal care and management environment. She is able to follow routine spoken messages; perform workplace duties following routine written notices; obtain and provide information in response to workplace requirements; complete relevant work-related documents; and participate in workplace meetings and discussions

ACMGAS204A Feed and water animals

Kate has the ability to carry out the process of preparing, presenting and distributing food and water for animals under supervision and according to workplace diet requirements. She can prepare for feeding and complete the feeding and watering process

ACMGAS205A Assist in health care of animals

Kate has the ability to carry out the process of providing assistance to experienced staff in the capture, restraint and assessment of animals and the preparation, application and documentation of treatments. She is able to assist in capture of animals; assist in assessment of animals; and assist in treatment of animals

ACMGAS208A Source information for animal care needs

Kate has the ability to carry out the processes required to gather information on medications and services for animals and relate these to individual animal requirements and audience needs. She can read and interpret product labels; gather information on products and services; profile nominated animal physiological features relevant to health and application of treatments; and take an animal history

ACMINF301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal work

Kate has the ability to carry out the process required to comply with infection control policies and procedures in animal care workplaces and relevant field locations. She is able to identify and respond to infection risks; maintain personal protection; limit contamination; and contribute to incursion readiness processes

ACMVET201A Carry out veterinary nursing reception duties

Kate has the ability to carry out the process of compiling patient (animal) and client (animal owner) histories, maintaining records and consulting the veterinarian as required. She can consult the duty veterinarian, identify information required and maintain clinic records

ACMVET202A Carry out daily clinic routines

Kate has the ability to carry out the process of treating patients (animals) on a daily basis, maintaining clinic hygiene and assisting with inventory/stock control and clinic security

ACMVET203A Assist with surgery preparation

Kate has the ability to carry out the process of assisting with the preparation of patients (animals) and the theatre for surgery, providing pre- and post-operative patient care and cleaning surgical and theatre equipment in a veterinary clinic

ACMVET401A Coordinate patient admission and discharge

Kate has the ability to carry out the process of coordinating patient admission and implementing discharge procedures. This also includes providing initial veterinary nursing care to patients (animals) and grief support to clients (animal owners)

ACMVET402A Apply imaging routines

Kate has the ability to carry out the process of implementing and completing imaging routines, in accordance with established industry sequences and clinic policies and procedures, and follow specific instructions from the veterinarian. She is able to prepare the imaging environment and equipment and carry out post-imaging procedures

ACMVET403A Perform clinic pathology procedures

Kate has the ability to carry out the process of collecting biological samples and performing pathology procedures. She understands that the integrity of the sample must be maintained in accordance with veterinarian instructions when conducting clinic examinations and in preparing consignments to diagnostic laboratories. Kate can perform and record appropriate tests as well as assist with post-mortem examination

ACMVET404A Perform clinic office procedures

Kate has the ability to carry out the process of maintaining veterinary supplies, controlling stock, maintaining clinic accounts and preparing and processing clinic correspondence

ACMVET405A Carry out surgical nursing routines

Kate has the ability to carry out the process of preparing the surgical environment and providing total support for the surgeon. She is able to prepare for, and provide support during and after, routine and non-routine surgical procedures, including monitoring patients while they are under anaesthesia

ACMVET406A Nurse animals

Kate has the ability to carry out the process of providing high quality nursing care for all patients (animals) treated or housed at the clinic. This includes providing advice to clients (owners), monitoring animals and providing animal first aid as required. She is able to identify patients and monitor clinical signs; communicate with clients concerning hospitalised patients; provide animal care in pain situations; care for animals and hospitalised animals

ACMVET407A Carry out medical nursing routines

Kate has the ability to carry out the process of providing the skills to implement medical nursing routines, including the preparation and handling of patients (animals) and equipment for specific routines

ACMVET408A Coordinate and perform theatre routines

Kate has the ability to carry out the process of preparing, cleaning and maintaining theatre and equipment as well as preparing personnel for the performance of surgical procedures. She can prepare surgery schedules, implement surgery preparations and carry out post-operative theatre routines

ACMVET409A Provide specific animal care advice

Kate has the ability to carry out the process of providing advice to clients (owners) about animal care, nutrition, behaviour and products. She understands that all advice must be provided in a competent manner and in accordance with clinic policies and procedures

ACMVET410A Carry out veterinary dental nursing procedures

Kate has the ability to carry out the processes of performing a dental prophylaxis under veterinary supervision and assisting with simple extractions. Kate can perform oral examination and complete dental charts

ACMWHS301A Contribute to workplace health and safety processes

Kate has the ability to plan and conduct work safely. She can support others in working safely, contribute to workplace health and safety processes where there is responsibility for her own work outputs and possibly limited responsibility for the work output of others. Kate contributes to hazard identification, workplace health and safety risk assessment and risk control activities; and participates in the control of emergency situations

ACMGAS303A Plan for and provide nutritional requirements for animals

Kate has the ability to carry out the process of calculating rations based on animal species needs and availability of feedstuffs. She is able to identify nutritional requirements of animals; evaluate food sources and calculate dietary requirements; prepare diets and provide food and water; and monitor feeding and watering practices

ACMSPE304A Provide basic care of dogs

Kate has the ability to carry out the process of identifying dogs and their behavioural and physical needs, providing daily care requirements, assisting with behavioural requirements and basic preventative health measures. She is able to identify commonly available dogs; identify and evaluate behavioural and housing needs; handle and restrain dogs; assist with health care needs; feed dogs; and maintain records

ACMSPE305A Provide basic care of domestic cats

Kate has the ability to carry out the process of identifying domestic cats and their behavioural and physical needs, providing daily care requirements, assisting with behavioural requirements and basic preventative health measures. She is able to identify common domestic cat breeds; identify and evaluate behavioural and housing needs; handle and restrain cats; assist with health care needs; feed cats; and maintain records

ACMCAS409A Provide training advice to companion animal owners

Kate has the ability to carry out the process of developing, conducting and reviewing training plans and programs for companion animals for their owners. She is able to determine clients' needs, develop training plans, conduct training and ongoing assessments, as well as instruct in ongoing management

RGRPSG401A Relate anatomical and physiological features to the care and treatment of greyhounds

Kate has the ability to identify basic anatomy and physiology of greyhounds, relate anatomy and body systems to the performance of racing greyhounds and follow illness and injury management plans for greyhounds. She is able to provide practical care and management of racing greyhounds and application of OHS standards in the workplace. Kate is competent in working in environments such as racing kennels, racecourses and public areas