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This Qualification is the industry standard for veterinary nurses who provide specialised surgical nursing support for registered specialist veterinarians performing specialised surgical procedures within veterinary clinics or hospitals.
Candidates undertaking study for this Qualification require extensive vocational expertise and should expect that access through paid employment within a veterinary clinic or hospital where a registered specialist performs specialised surgical procedures will be essential for meeting assessment requirements of some Units.
The Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) is extremely complex and requires access and exposure to an extensive range of specialised surgical procedures, including intrathoracic, internal fixation, external fixation, soft tissue, ophthalmic, skin grafting, oncological surgery, advanced corrective orthopaedics and which may require advanced anaesthetic monitoring. It also requires access to a veterinary clinic or hospital where specialised surgical procedures are performed; veterinary surgeons that perform specialised surgical procedures; patients and clients requiring specialised surgical procedures; and the equipment, instruments and resources required to perform specialised surgical procedures.