The Accredited Veterinary Nurse Scheme

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The Accredited Veterinary Nurse has her or his name entered onto a register held by
the VNCA/AVA and is entitled to wear an individually numbered AVN badge. The badge is recognised by colleagues, employers and the public as a symbol of excellence. Maintenance of accreditation status is required through evidence of continuing professional development.

Criteria for Initial Application

Applicants are required to present evidence of the following:

  1. A declaration from the employer stating that the applicant is currently working at Certificate IV Level and that at least 12 months have passed since graduating Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse
  2. Veterinary nurses with a qualification prior to the Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing, who have completed and upgrade or have undergone the Recognition of Prior Learning process to obtain a Certificate IV, will have the 12 month waiting period waived provided they have been working at Certificate IV level for the past 12 months. A copy of the original and new certificates must be provided.
  3. Membership of the Veterinary Nurses’ Council of Australia Inc.
  4. Copy of the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  5. Continuing professional development in the previous 12 month period accumulating no less than 30 points, to be allocated as follows.

Criteria for Reaccreditation Application

Applicants are required to present evidence of the following:

  1. A declaration from the employer stating that the applicant has worked at Certificate IV level for the majority of the 3 year period
  2. Continued membership of the Veterinary Nurses’ Council of Australia Inc throughout the accreditation period.
  3. Continuing professional development in the previous 3 year period accumulating no less than 90 points, points must be gained in each year of the 3 year period.
  4. CPD points must be achieved from more than one type of professional development. Maximum of 60 points from continuing education seminars across the 3 year period, which may include up to 5 RACE points per year.
  5. Additional points will not be carried over as the purpose of the scheme is to demonstrate competency and currency.
  6. If choosing to submit evidence from both presentation categories, no more than 60 points may be claimed across the 3 year period.
  • 1 hour of continuing education = 1 point
  • Diploma Veterinary Nurse (ECC, Surgical, Dental, General Practice) = 20 points (available for reaccreditation only)
  • A case report using the guidelines supplied = 10 points
  • A technical article using the guidelines supplied = 10 points\
  • A documented text book review using the guidelines supplied = 5 points
  • A short article of 1 page = 5 points
  • Delivering a presentation at a seminar/conference = 15 points (15 points per individual topic for 1 delivery per topic)
  • Delivering a presentation to work colleagues = 10 points (10 points per individual topic for 1 delivery per topic)
  • Answering CE questions in the AVNJ = 1 point (max. 6 points in any 1 year)
  • VNCA Committee representation = 2 points per committee representation (max. 4 points in any 1 year)

Information Brochure

To download a copy of the information brochure please click here

Application Form

To download a copy of the application form please click here.

AVN Accreditation Evidence Form – click here

Maintenance of Accreditation

To reaccredit, candidates must accumulate a total of 90 points over 3 years using the criteria and points as outlined above and submit an AVN Re-accrediation Form – click here.

AVN Re-Accreditation Evidence Form – click here

Application for Allocation of CPD Points – click here

For a current list of all educational events that have been approved for AVN points