VETERINARY NURSES care for animals under treatment and in temporary residence at veterinary facilities and assist Veterinarians to perform procedures and operations.
Indicative Skill Level:
Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:
NZ Register Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.
Tasks Include:

holding animals to allow examination and treatment by Veterinarians
cleaning and sterilising examination tables and equipment
preparing instruments and handing 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 receptionist, accept payments and undertake clerical work

361311 Veterinary Nurse


Alternative Titles:
Animal Nurse
Veterinary Assistant

Cares for animals under treatment or in temporary residence at veterinary facilities and assists Veterinarians to perform procedures and operations.
Skill Level: 3