May 1st - May 29th 2024

7:30pm AEST

CPD points: 10 AVNAT CE points

Certificate on completion
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Want to work with exotics? Run nurse consults or go deeper into veterinary nutrition? What about working overseas, getting a new qualification or exploring a career in management? This nurse and tech only course is an inspiring how-to guide for skills development and careers in the veterinary industry.
Where can your career can take you?
Get curious, and we’ll show you.
Access opens April 17th, 2024 and expires November 1st, 2024.


The truth about veterinary nursing

Most vet nurses and techs work in general practice. It can be a vibrant and interesting place to be! Plus, where would all those vets be without you? There’s a good variety of day to day tasks, differing levels of clinical responsibility and support, and you get experience working with a range of different colleagues and animals.

The truth is – and you’ve probably noticed this – many of your peers will talk about wanting to upskill, move clinics, or find a job outside the veterinary industry. But what if the veterinary industry has more to offer you? What if there’s a part of your role that you could expand on, or a way you could step up in your role to tackle some new challenges? Hopefully, that’s what you’ve come here to find out. We want to share some the exciting things available to nurses and techs, and above all, we want you to stay in the industry!

Who is this course for?

Happily, we don’t all want to follow the crowd. If you’re the kind of person who likes to keep on learning, you might be looking for opportunities to branch out, upskill or diversify your career. Fantastic! Keep reading. This course is for you.

We’re not going to tell you to quit your job, grow your armpit hair and become a baker of organic vegan dog treats (although that has some appeal, granted). This course is about opportunity. It’s hosted by 5 successful veterinary nurses and technicians who’ve carved out fascinating and satisfying careers – and they’re ready to share the details with you. They’ll explain the career pathways, tell you how they created opportunities, and how you can do the same. There’s also a strong CE component. You’ll learn valuable skills from each presenter which you can adapt for every day use, or use to visualise yourself in a future professional capacity.







You’re in control
  • Be proactive
  • Ask for guidance
  • Keep an open mind
  • Learn how to create opportunities
  • Hear how others have succeeded
Embrace a challenge
  • Navigating options in your current workplace
  • Getting management on board
  • How to ask for career advancement
  • Opening the career discussion at work
  • How to collect valuable new skills for future use

Course schedule

Module 1 – Careers with Exotics & Wildlife – Gary Fitzgerald, BAppSc (Veterinary Technology), AVTCP VTS Exotic Companion Animals

Working exclusively with wildlife and exotics is just a dream for some, but Gary Fitzgerald has made it happen, and then some.

Gary graduated from the University of Queensland’s Veterinary Technology program, and started his nursing career in private practice as a vet tech. Since then, he has become a university lecturer for both veterinary science and veterinary technology students, earned his veterinary technician specialty in exotic companion animals, been the VNCA Vet Nurse of the Year and in 2023, and become the President of the VNCA.

Gary says that training students in small animal and reptile medicine, anaesthesia and surgery are his major passions. He joins us for Module 1 to inspire you to reach towards a career in wildlife and exotics, and to teach us some vital intubation techniques of exotics that you can use in daily practice.

Module 2 – Nurse Management & Leadership – Anita Parkin, RVN, AVN, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia), CVPP, TAE

Plenty of vet nurses and techs are interested in management and leadership roles. Anita Parkin, who is well known for her surgical nursing and anaesthesia skills, is also Practice Manager at Veterinary Specialist Services’ third practice in Brisbane.

Another VNCA Vet Nurse of the Year recipient (2022), Anita has domestic qualifications including a Certificate IV in Vet Nursing and Diploma in Surgery and ECC, and she is an Accredited Vet Nurse and a Registered Vet Nurse through the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia (VNCA). Anita also has a number of overseas qualifications. She obtained her Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) in 2012 through the IVAPM (International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management), and she has her veterinary technician specialty (VTS) in anaesthesia and analgesia through the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia (AVTAA).

Anita is keen to explore leadership and communication with participants and share the attributes that help you to become a good leader. Specifically, she will discuss the importance of communication, paying staff appropriately and how to manage rostering as skills you need to survive and thrive in veterinary management.

Module 3 – Becoming a Veterinary Technician Specialist – Alexander Philp, Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing, VTS Anaesthesia & Analgesia

Alexander is the Nurse Unit Manager at UVTHS. He is a veterinary technician specialist in anesthesia and analgesia, and enjoys teaching at all levels within the veterinary profession, and is a firm favourite within the VetPrac online and face to face education crews. He has also commenced the Masters program in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia through Edinburgh University.

In this session, Alexander will describe how you can follow a career pathway towards becoming a veterinary technician specialist (VTS). Hint: you don’t need to work in specialist or referral practice to make great use of a VTS qualification! Alex will also share some critical anaesthesia skills – these are things that you should know, no matter where you’re working.

Module 4 – Focus on Veterinary Nutrition – Kim Healy, RVN, AVN, FFCP (Veterinary), VTS (Nutrition)

Kim has a scientific mind and an intense curiosity about veterinary nutrition, so she made it her career. Not only that, but like many of our high-achieving nurse and tech team, she’s got a swag of qualifications and there are more on the way.

In this session, Kim describes how she crafted an ideal career in the veterinary industry. As well as sharing how you might do the same, she’ll also provide you with some evidence-based CE. You’ll hear how to make nutrition consultations part of your nursing skillset, how to get buy-in from the management team, how to generate practice resources and how to successfully build on what you already do in clinical practice.

Module 5 – International Opportunities in Vet Nursing – Kate Hatcher, RVN, Cert IV VN, VTS (A&A)

They say that if you follow your passion, and you’ll never work a day in your life. If you’re willing to live and work overseas, you can follow your passion for travel, exploration and adventure.

Kate has three significant nursing qualifications from three different countries. She is a registered veterinary nurse (RVN) with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the United Kingdom, she has a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, obtained through the Animal Industries Resource Centre in Australia, and she is a veterinary technician specialist (VTS) in anaesthesia and analgesia in the USA. We think there’s nobody better suited to talk you through her journey, and explain how veterinary nursing can take you to far flung places to inspire and motivate you.



5 Wednesday evenings, an open mind & just $447 towards your professional development


Vital skills for a range of careers in veterinary nursing, inspiration for your next steps


Hear real life stories of success & achievement, take control of your career journey

Your presenters

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Alexander Philp

Qualifications: Cert IV Veterinary Nursing, VTS (Anaesthesia & Analgesia)

Alexander is the Nurse Unit Manager at UVTHS with a special interest in anaesthesia. He enjoys teaching at all levels within the veterinary profession. He is a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anaesthesia and Analgesia, and will begin the Masters program in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia through Edinburgh University in September 2023. Alexander has additional interest in research and won an award for his abstract presentation at WCVAA 2023.

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Anita Parkin

Qualifications: RVN, AVN, Dip (Surgery & ECC), VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia), CVPP, TAE

Anita has been a veterinary nurse for over 30 years, with 10 years in GP and 20 in referral nursing and nurse management.

Anita has a Certificate IV in Vet Nursing as well as a Diploma in Surgery and ECC, and she is also VNCA Accredited Vet Nurse and a Registered Vet Nurse. She is also an IVAPM Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner and an AVTAA Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anaesthesia and Analgesia.


Gary Fitzgerald

Qualifications: BAppSc (Veterinary Technology) AVTCP VTS (Exotic Companion Animals)

Specialisation: Veterinary Technician Specialist

Gary is a qualified Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS), Practice Manager of the UQ VETS Veterinary Teaching Hospitals, and President of the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia (VNCA).

Gary enjoys all aspects of his job but training students in small animal anaesthesia and reptile medicine, anaesthesia and surgery are his major passions.

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Kate Hatcher

Qualifications: RVN, Cert IV VN, VTS (A&A)

Kate is a veterinary nurse and technician with over 20 years of experience. She has worked in general practice, emergency, referral surgical and supervisory positions.

Kate is a registered veterinary nurse (RVN) with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, United Kingdom. She has a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, obtained through the Animal Industries Resource Centre in Australia, and she is a veterinary technician specialist (VTS) in anaesthesia and analgesia (USA).

Kim Healy

Kim Healy

Qualifications: RVN, AVN, FFCP (Veterinary), VTS (Nutrition)

Kim is a VNCA-registered and accredited vet nurse and veterinary technician specialist (VTS) in nutrition. She runs a successful nutritional consulting service where critical care, allergy and gastrointestinal nutrition are her areas of special interest.

Kim is working towards her second VTS in small animal internal medicine (SAIM). She is active in practice as an emergency and critical care nurse, and in veterinary education.



$447 AUD


x 3 monthly payments of $160

Your Questions Answered

Do I need to attend specific session times?

Not at all. Of course, you can only ask questions and participate in the discussion if you attend live, but it’s not a requirement. Each live session is recorded and uploaded within 24 hours of the live timeslot. Participants have access to recording during the course and for 6 months afterwards. 

Are there group discounts available?

Absolutely Work together, learn together, we say. If 3 or more participants register from the same clinic under the same booking, you’ll receive a 5% discount at checkout when you book on our website. For 4+ registrations, the discount increases to 10%. This isn’t valid with any other promotion.

Can I pay in instalments, or do you offer payment plans?

Yes we have a payment plan available scroll up and you will find it.

Will I get CPD points and a CPD certificate?

Of course! Each participant will receive a CPD certificate via email. We do this after you’ve provided feedback and completed the quiz questions at the end of the course.

What kind of learning materials are included?

All live online courses include live and recorded video presentations. Our educators also provide a variety of other resources so you can expect supporting materials like images, diagrams, course notes, slide presentations, journal articles, links to further reading, and more.

How long is course access open?

24/7 access is available for the duration of the course, and for 6 months after the last live session. You can access recordings, references and reading materials via your course library at any point during this period. We’ll remind you to download and review the course materials before the time is up.

What happens if the course is cancelled?

If we cancel a course, we will refund your course fees. It’s a simple as that.

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.

Still have questions? We’ve got answers. Call 0409 743 100 or  0411 798 165