La Trobe University

Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing


Semester starts
Semester 1 (February)
3 years full-time
Annual tuition fee (A$)
32 000

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

Subject prerequisites

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.

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of other Accepted English Proficiency tests and additional recognised English Language Proficiency Measures, such as English as the language of instruction.

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

Annual tuition fee (A$)

32 000


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

How to apply

Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

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:

CRICOS code: 096716C