Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - UP SKILL - Re­becca Dargie

IT’S a good day in a vet surgery if you don’t get wee on you, ac­cord­ing to the teacher of the pop­u­lar Cer­tifi­cate IV of­fered by Open Col­lege, Sally Lee.

But for those with an affin­ity with an­i­mals and a de­sire to work in a var­ied and im­por­tant field, it could be the per­fect ca­reer.

The cer­tifi­cate is the na­tional stan­dard that you need to study if you would like to work as a vet­eri­nary nurse.

The course cov­ers health and safety is­sues, in­fec­tion con­trol, triag­ing, nu­tri­tion, nurs­ing skills, med­i­cal nurs­ing, sur­gi­cal and theatre prep, pathol­ogy, imag­ing and den­tal pro­ce­dures. This course pro­vides a foundation to take on roles out­side a vet surgery in­clud­ing ken­nel at­ten­dants, pet groomers, wildlife res­cue cen­tres. For de­tails visit: open­col­

It’s pri­mar­ily an on­line course with a lot of the­ory cov­ered be­fore stu­dents get a chance to prac­tise their skills in a clinic set­ting.

Once stu­dents start their place­ment, ma­te­ri­als are de­signed to re­flect their pro­gres­sion in the clinic.

This course suits peo­ple who don’t mind get­ting dirty and re­ally would like to make a dif­fer­ence in an­i­mals’ and pet own­ers’ lives.

An­i­mal lovers might like a ca­reer as a vet­eri­nary nurse.

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