La Trobe University

Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

The Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing is the first para-professional veterinary nursing qualification of this level available in Australia. It is designed to produce highly skilled clinicians with exceptional levels of practical skill, knowledge and in-depth understanding gained through a stimulating exploration of the academic underpinnings of the field. A semester-long industry placement in second year provides the opportunity to apply the theory and practices learned on campus in a range of areas of interest. This placement, along with ongoing comprehensive practical clinical experience will ensure that graduates are 'Future ready' and highly employable. In third year, students can opt to undertake paid work in veterinary practices (outside of classes). Throughout their course, students undertake WIL placements in various industry settings including hospitals, animal shelters and farms.


To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing, students must complete 360 credit points consisting of: 285 core credit-points 75 core-choice credit points

Standard entry requirements

  • Recent secondary education - VTAC prerequisite: Year 12 English prerequisite (20) - Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.
  • Recent secondary education - VTAC prerequisite: Year 12 subject prerequisite - Other - Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Biology, Chemistry or any Mathematics.
  • International: IELTS - Course specific - 6.5 IELTS (Academic) with no individual band less than 6.0 and a score of no less than 6.5 in Writing, Speaking and Listening.
  • Note: This course may be subject to alternative or extra entry requirements depending on your life circumstances and/or work experience. For the complete entry requirements, please search for your course on the La Trobe website:

Further information

Graduate employment opportunities will be available in the private and public sectors, including veterinary clinics and hospitals as nurses and/or practice managers, or roles in large organisations that specialise in veterinary pharmaceutical or nutrition. This course will be delivered in partnership with Melbourne Polytechnic (Epping Campus). Unless attending an off-site placement, students will attend the Epping campus of Melbourne Polytechnic for the duration of their course.

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