Veterinary Nurse – ANZSCO 361311
- Veterinary Nurses care for animals under treatment and in temporary residence at veterinary facilities and assist Veterinarians to perform procedures and operations.
- Skill Level
- Alternative Titles
- Animal Nurse
- Veterinary Assistant
Skills Assessment Requirement
Unless you are exempt in very limited circumstances, you are required to have a positive Skills Assessment to apply for the visas listed above.
Skills Assessment authority for Veterinary Nurse is Vocational Education and Training Assess (VETASSESS). To have a positive skills assessment, you must meet the following criteria:
- AQF Certificate IV Qualification in a highly relevant field of study AND at least one year of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years; or
- AQF Certificate IV Qualification that is not a highly relevant field of study AND at least two years post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years; or
- AQF Certificate III Qualification in a highly relevant field of study AND at least three years of post-qualification highly relevant employment at an appropriate skill level in the last five years.
- A highly relevant field of study is a course that has a major focus on veterinary nursing
- To achieve a positive skills assessment, the applicant must meet the qualification and employment experience requirements.
According to VETASSESS, pre-qualification experience for Veterinary Nurses may be considered in a skills assessment if the experience meets the following requirements:
- Three years of relevant employment;
- One year of highly relevant employment performed at the required skill level; and
- The employment experience was gained in the last five years
Potential Visa Pathways for Veterinary Nurses
|ANZSCO||Occupation||Skills Assessment||189||190||485||491 (State)||491 (Family)||186 (Direct)||407 (Training)||494 (regional Sponsored)||482 (TSS Short
Group: 3613 Veterinary Nurses
- Care for animals under treatment and in temporary residence at veterinary facilities and assist Veterinarians to perform procedures and operations.
- 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
- Skill Level
- Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.
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.
- Occupations in this Group
- 361311 Veterinary Nurse
Subclass 190 visa– Skilled Nominated Visa & Subclass 491 visa – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa
To apply for visa subclass 190 and visa subclass 491, you need to have a nomination from the state/territory government where you want to live and work. Each State and Territory have individual requirements that must be met in order to receive nomination. (See below)
Another difference between the 190 and 491 visa is that you can only apply for visa subclass 491 if you are living and working in regional areas in Australia, while it is not a requirement if you are applying for the 190 visa.
In summary, to be eligible for 190 visa, you need to meet the following criteria:
To check if the state/ territory government requirements for your occupation, refer to the following links
Links to requirements
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|Australian Capital Territory (ACT)|
The 407 visa a short stay visa for individuals to participate in occupational training or professional development in Australia. This visa is generally valid to stay in Australia for 2 years. Please note this visa is subject to condition 8102 which forbids work apart from the training that is specified in the visa application. You are also required to maintain health insurance whilst in Australia.
To be eligible for visa 407, you need to meet the following criteria:
You can apply for subclass 494 if you have a regional employer who is willing to sponsor you. To be eligible for this visa, you must have at least 3 years of working experience in your nominated occupation and have a relevant skills assessment. With this visa, there is a requirement that you must work for the employer who is sponsoring you.
This visa provides pathway to permanent residency through the 191 visa.
The Subclass 482 visa is a Temporary Skill Shortage visa that requires a sponsorship from an Australian employer. The TSS short term stream visa allows to your live and work in Australia for up to 2 years each time you are granted this visa. You may apply for two 482 visas in the short stream onshore and subsequent ones offshore, as long as the employer is willing to sponsor you. The TSS 482 short term stream does not have a path to permanent residency throught the 186 visa.