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Veterinary Nurses care for animals under treatment and in temporary residence at veterinary facilities and assist Veterinarians to perform procedures and operations.
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Jobs and Small Business projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a small occupation employing 12,100 workers. The number of workers has stayed about the same over the past 5 years. Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to grow moderately to 12,900. Around 9,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created (a large number for an occupation of this size).
A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Most workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Veterinary Nurses who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and who can communicate clearly.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
Looking for ways to help people.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Use rules to solve problems.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 31-9096.00 - Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers.
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Checking objects, actions, or events, keeping an eye out for problems.
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?
How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?
How often do you talk with people face-to-face?
How important is it to work with customers or the public?
How physically close are you to other people?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.