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$1,088 per week


Veterinary Nurses care for animals under treatment and in temporary residence at veterinary facilities and assist Veterinarians to perform procedures and operations.


  • 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.


  • physically demanding
  • stressful.

To become a Veterinary Nurse

  • You usually need a certificate III or IV in veterinary nursing to work as a Veterinary Nurse. Some workers complete a traineeship.

    Take a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing

  • Registration or licencing may be required.

Skills employers are looking for

  • Communication Skills

  • Team Work/ Collaboration

  • Critical Care

  • Postoperative Care

  • Anaesthetic Application

  • Surgery

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