Job Qualification Possible job/career expectations
Starting out in the industry Certificate I or II in Animal Studies Assisting in the veterinary clinic as part of secondary school work experience program or perhaps at weekends is, for many, the beginning of a career in veterinary nursing. Duties under direct supervision may include: clinic hygiene and animal care; minor reception duties; equipment operation.
Qualified Veterinary Nurse Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing A qualified veterinary nurse will be called upon to perform a wide range of veterinarian support and animal care operations including: conduct of the total clinic operation; operation of a wide range of clinic equipment; assisting the veterinarian in the provision of a range of animal care procedures.
Specialised Veterinary Nursing Diploma in Veterinary Nursing

(specialising in Dental / Surgical / Critical Care and Emergency)
Following the qualification as a veterinary nurse there are then options to specialise in one of three areas. These areas are veterinary dental nursing, veterinary surgical nursing or veterinary critical care and emergency. Activities may include: supervision of animal emergency activities; surgical procedure support; staff supervision; patient management.
Nursing Manager No specified national qualification at present The veterinary nursing manager is likely to have significant responsibilities in managing veterinary clinic activities including: management planning and implementation; clinic operations management; staff management and training; business planning and operations.
Nursing Director No specified national qualification at present Next to the veterinarian, the veterinary nursing director has the primary responsibility to ensure that the veterinary enterprise and total clinic operation are successfully managed. Responsibilities may include: practice management; managing personnel and training; clinic operations management; clinic promotion and marketing; strategic planning.