Veterinary nurses help veterinarians care for and treat animals. They may also assist vets in performing operations.

Where veterinary nurses are employed

Vet nurses work as part of a team in veterinary consulting rooms, surgeries and hospitals. They generally work under strict clinical conditions. They may also be involved in the management of staff and financial and technical resources of a veterinary practice, animal hospital or similar treatment facility. Working hours may be irregular, including evening and weekend work.


Full-time veterinary nurses in South Australia generally earn between $600 and $799 per week.

Graph of pay scale for Veterinary nurse

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 295 people employed full-time as veterinary nurses in South Australia, compared with 256 in 2006.

How to become one

To become a veterinary nurse you usually have to complete a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in veterinary nursing. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You may be able to study through distance education.

You can also become a veterinary nurse through a traineeship in veterinary nursing. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require year 10. For more information see traineeships. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

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