Vet Nursing Careers

Looking for a vet nursing career with Greencross Vets?

Veterinary nursing is an exciting and rewarding career. We understand that securing a position within the vet industry can be challenging, but experienced and dedicated individuals are always sort after. As an entry level veterinary nurse, vet clinics are looking for punctual, dedicated individuals who are eager to learn and be part of a busy team. You would expect to be involved in tasks such as handling patients, monitoring procedures, reception duties, setting up and assisting the Veterinarian, feeding and exercising pets, general cleaning and of course a love for animals, which goes without saying.


As you progress with experience and through your formal studies of Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing your responsibilities would increase and may include scrubbing in to non-routine surgeries, completing basic dental procedures under veterinary supervision, participating in client consultations, performing pathology tests, completing administrative tasks, and preparing the patient for procedures including blood collection for routine screens and placing IV catheters for intravenous fluids.


There are many career pathways for veterinary nurses in Australia, and there are plenty of opportunities. At Greencross Vets we encourage ongoing study and continued education and there are you can find an area that sparks your passion. Many of our veterinary nurses have started as entry level nurses and progressed through to qualified Certificate IV nurses and then achieved further education in areas of interest. This could be surgical or emergency nursing, nutritional training, mentoring and coaching, non-clinical roles and more!


At Greencross Vets we have over 140 General Practice Veterinary Clinics located across Australia, as well as a network of emergency hospitals and specialty referral hospitals. With flexible working hours, paid parental leave and great benefits – your dream career awaits!


About vet nursing studies

Greencross Vets works directly with Registered Training Organisations to offer veterinary nurses the support to gain nationally recognised qualifications in Vet Nursing and your chosen career path. We understand many nurses wish to broaden their knowledge to specialise through Diploma studies or branch into customer service, coordinating teams and clinics, training, marketing and administration.


We place a strong emphasis on employee education, with an innovative internal training package that includes interactive seminars and practical workshops as well as our exciting and highly anticipated annual regional clinical symposium. A skill based levels system also means you are able to keep progressing in your career and be rewarded for your potential. All Greencross nurses receive ongoing support and structure in their training through clinic training, internal education programs and study groups.


Career path progression

Today’s’ veterinary industry offers Nurses an opportunity to progress in their chosen career.  Greencross Vets offers a career path like no other, encouraging our nurses to grow within our team rather than discover new challenges elsewhere.

Greencross Vets offer many opportunities for Vet Nurses and support team members:

  • Qualified Veterinary Nurse
  • Practice Manager
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Retail Sales Manager
  • Head Regional Nurse
  • Area Manager or Group Coordinator
  • Training Coordinator
  • Surgical and Emergency Nursing in partner referral or emergency hospitals
  • Administration and Accounts Managers
  • The sky is the limit!

Employment opportunities

As the largest provider of high quality veterinary services in Australia, Greencross Vets are continually seeking veterinary and nursing staff that have a strong desire to practice quality medicine, excellent patient care and are dedicated to maintaining their professional skills at a high level.

Where to start – turning dreams into reality

For those who have no formal qualifications or experience within the Vet Nursing industry, turn your dream into reality by undertaking our Greencross Vet Nurse Internship program. This program offers challenging and rewarding opportunities to launch your veterinary nursing career. Combining study with a professional Internship at Greencross Vets is a great way to gain real-life work experience and expand your veterinary skills.

The Internship Program allows successful applicants to work towards achieving a Certificate II in Animal Studies (which is one of the entry level pre-requisites into Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing qualification ACM40418). Direct entry into Cert IV Vet Nursing ACM40418 can only be obtained by persons who:
• Hold a Certificate II in Animal Studies or
• Hold a relevant Certificate III or higher level qualification in an animal discipline or
• Can demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge to any of the above qualifications

Should you wish to kick start your career in the Veterinary Nursing industry by undertaking an Internship please visit Internship for further information.

Once you have met the entry level requirements, you can then progress onto ACM40418 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. This is a nationally recognised course that provides training in both practical and technical skills relevant to the care and nursing of animals. This qualification consists of 21 units of competency, comprising of 17 core units and 4 elective units.
For more information on these qualifications contact your selected registered training organisation.

Greencross Vets chooses to enrol their nurses through the Animal Industries Resource Centre for all their training requirements including, Certificate and Diploma level qualifications. The distance learning study mode is preferred by most of our nurses as it combines an income with the qualification they require for their position.

Qualifications in Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing are competency based and can take the average student up to 3 years to complete.

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