AVNAT Framework & policies now available
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Application Guide now available
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Applications open
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AVNAT Online Register
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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Policy 
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Current Year

2020 AVNAT CPD approved Online Learning and Recurrent Courses
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2020 AVNAT CPD Approved Courses and Seminars
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Previous Year

2019 AVNAT CPD Approved Online Learning and Recurrent Courses
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2019 AVNAT CPD Approved Courses and Seminars
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AVNAT Registration Scheme now launched!

The Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia (VNCA)  launched the Australian Veterinary Nurse and Technician (AVNAT) Registration Scheme on 1 April 2019.

AVNAT is the national registration scheme for veterinary nurses and veterinary technicians involved in clinical, management or academic areas.

Veterinary nurses and veterinary technicians can belong to a professional body that advocates for the professionalism of the veterinary nurse and veterinary technician.  Under current Australian legislation there is no definition of what a veterinary nurse is. Outside of WA there is no regulation or statutory code of conduct and no requirement to maintain currency and fitness to practise within veterinary nursing. The VNCA has taken the position that unqualified and unregulated veterinary staff potentially expose the public and animal patients to harm and increase liability for veterinary practices.  

By creating the AVNAT Registration Scheme, the VNCA has established a thorough and transparent self-regulation program that will set standards of professional practice across the veterinary nursing industry.

The regulation of vet nurse and vet technician professionals will:

  • Raise minimum standards and facilitate consistency in education,
  • Improve standards of practice,
  • Make veterinary nurses accountable for professional practice and conduct,
  • Provide better protection in relation to animal health and welfare,
  • Align with international standards,
  • Safeguard the public interest and protect public health.

The AVNAT Registration Scheme: Quality practice through standards and learning