1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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6392-11 Veterinary Nurse

Cares for animals under treatment or in temporary residence at veterinary facilities and assists veterinarians to perform procedures and operations.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Certificate II or higher qualification or at least 1 years relevant experience.

Tasks Include:

  • holds animals to allow examination or treatment by veterinarians
  • cleans and sterilises examination tables and equipment
  • prepares instruments and hands them to the veterinarian
  • assists veterinarians to administer anaesthetics and oxygen during operations
  • places animals in cages for recovery from operations and monitors their condition
  • gives medications to animals
  • maintains stock control and records
  • may perform diagnostic laboratory tests
  • may act as receptionist, accept payments and undertake clerical work

Animal Nurse

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