La Trobe University

Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing


Start dates
Semester 1 (February) 2018
3 years
Fees and costs
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*N/A: Not applicable, N/P: Not published, NC: New course, RC: Range of criteria.
Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.

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 hospitals, animal shelters, farms. Students are fully supervised by experienced veterinary team members while at external placements.

This course is delivered in partnership with Melbourne Polytechnic at Epping. For more information please visit the Melbourne Polytechnic website.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.

Entry requirements


VCE: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Biology, Chemistry or any Mathematics.

Non-year 12: Successful completion of a Diploma course in Veterinary Nursing or a related area, OR at least 2 years of related industry experience.

Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements

All applicants are required to submit a Personal Statement in which they detail their reasons for studying Veterinary Nursing, previous related experience and previous qualifications. All applicants must also book an interview (late applications for interview bookings may be taken).

*The presentation of entry requirements is currently transitioning to the new Australian Government admissions transparency format. Please check back in July for the new statement.

Career outcomes

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.

Fees and costs

Course fees

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning.

Find out more about undergraduate course fees.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

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Additional information

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.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: