Equine Veterinary Nurse Courses

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What does an Equine Veterinary Nurse do?

An Equine Veterinary Nurse works in a veterinary facility but specialises in the care of horses. Your role will be varied but could involve assisting with surgical procedures and caring for horses during their recovery. You might monitor horse injuries or medical conditions or you could assist with handling a horse while a veterinarian is examining or treating the animal. An Equine Veterinary Nurse might work at a veterinary surgery that specialises in horses or you might work for an equine operation like a stable or breeding facility.

Equine Veterinary Nurses need to have excellent horse handling skills. The horse you are dealing with may be in pain or distressed so you’ll need to be able to handle challenging behaviours. Your role will involve plenty of physical work and you’ll need good observational skills if you’re monitoring health conditions. Equine Veterinary Nurses need good communication skills because you’ll usually be working as part of a larger team.

Equine Veterinary Nurse Courses

There are 1 courses available for people who want to become a Equine Veterinary Nurse.

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How much does an Equine Veterinary Nurse earn?

In Australia, a full time Equine Veterinary Nurse generally earns $1,150 per week ($59,800 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for an Equine Veterinary Nurse?

The number of veterinary nurses has increased in Australia over the last five years. There are currently 12,100 veterinary nurses and a small percentage of them specialise as Equine Veterinary Nurses. Equine Veterinary Nurses can find work in all regions of Australia.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become an Equine Veterinary Nurse?

A Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing is a great choice if you’re hoping to become an Equine Veterinary Nurse. You’ll learn how to be a part of animal surgery by preparing horses for anaesthesia, assisting during procedures and monitoring animals during recovery. You’ll also cover necessary topics like animal well-being, infection control and veterinary drugs. This course usually takes 12 months to complete and includes a work placement.

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Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and MySkills.gov.au.