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Students have 18 months to complete the requirements of this course - which allows for two breeding seasons. There are resources available via a learning management system and webinars conducted at various times during the year.
The course duration is 18 Months.
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NOTE: CANCELLATION POLICY:
- Cancellations advised in writing more than seven (7) days prior to the commencement of the program are eligible for a full refund.
- For cancellations advised within seven (7) days of the program, no refunds are made, however the participant can transfer to an alternative date or a substitute delegate can attend and pay the full fee within the seven (7) day timeframe. Once this payment is received the original participant can be refunded their fee.
Payment of all fees is required in full at time of registration
The teacher is an experienced equine veterinarian who will be available to help students with the course assessment requirements. Theory information for this unit is covered at a workshop at the Clovelly Foal Intensive Care Unit, in Scone. We will cover relevant information as part of Nurse Foals. In addition to the weekend workshop (usually held at the beginning of the breeding season), you are also required to complete 7 x 8hr nursing shifts in the Intensive Care Unit at Scone, during the breeding season. You will be assessed by practical assessment in your final shift, and also are required to complete a case study, and closed book exam, after completion of your placement.
Students on work experience or work placement - Work experience and work placement programs are underpinned by the Workplace Learning Policy for Secondary Students in Government Schools and TAFE NSW Institutes.
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Students must have completed the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing as a pre-requisite for entry into this course. It is also a requirement of the course, that you are employed in a mixed or equine veterinary practice which carries out general foal nursing. A Workplace Supervisor should hold a Certificate IV Vet Nursing qualification or equivalent (Diploma, or Bachelor Degree in equine studies/veterinarian). Your supervisor is required to sign off skills for each unit, and will be contacted regularly to verify these skills.
You are required to complete five equine specific units.
1. AHCLSK330A - Implement Procedures for Foaling Down Mares
This unit covers the process of monitoring mares and their newborn at foaling and providing the
support/assistance required. Please note that completion of this unit will require you to complete
an additional work placement at a facility where mares are foaled down. This could be a
veterinary clinic, a stud or breeding/reproduction centre. You are required to assist in the foaling
of at least three mares. The duration of work placement will depend on how long it takes to
observe at least this many foalings. The Supervisor for this placement should ideally be the Stud
Manager or foaling unit manager (if it’s not a vet or certificate IV qualified Vet Nurse).
2. AHCHBR303A - Carry Out Mare Mating or Artificial Insemination Procedures
This unit covers the management of mating, or Artificial Insemination (AI) procedures, to
maximise conception rates and live foal outcomes. For this unit you are required to assist in
reproductive procedures, so you may require additional or alternative work placement if your
veterinary practice doesn’t carry out many reproductive procedures.
3. ACMEQU405A - Maintain and Monitor Horse Health and Welfare
This unit covers the process required to determine, implement and monitor health management
programs and procedures for horses.
4. ACMVET414A - Nurse Foals