1220.0 - ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, 2013, Version 1.2  
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    VETERINARY NURSES care for animals under treatment and in temporary residence at veterinary facilities and assist Veterinarians to perform procedures and operations.

    Indicative Skill Level:
    Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

    In Australia:

      AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

    In New Zealand:
      NZ Register Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

    At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

    Tasks Include:

    • 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

      361311 Veterinary Nurse


    Alternative Titles:
      Animal Nurse
      Veterinary Assistant

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

    Skill Level: 3

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