Clinical examination

Veterinary nurses can support veterinarians with consultations by greeting the client and patient, settling them into the consultation room and collecting the subjective and objective information required before the veterinarian joins the consultation to review the findings and create the diagnostic and treatment plan. This badge will allow you to confirm competency in undertaking these tasks.


On completion of this Edu-Badge the candidate will be competent at:

  • Collecting subjective information as part of a companion animal clinical examination.
  • Performing a distance examination on companion animals.
  • Performing a hands-on clinical examination on companion animals.
  • Quality consulting skills including building a rapport, effective client communication, good client compliance, when to involve a supervisor.
  • Providing patient advocacy including giving recommendations, gentle patient handling.
  • Writing comprehensive companion animal clinical examination records using standard forms.


The learning outcomes for this Edu-Badge are:

  1. Carry out a comprehensive companion animal clinical examination.
  2. Write comprehensive companion animal clinical examination notes.
  3. Provide excellent customer care while carrying out a companion animal clinical examination.

What to expect

  • This Edu-Badge should take approximately 20 hours of learning plus clinical examinations.
  • You are required to be working in a clinical setting to complete the assessments.
  • You will need access to a video recording device.
  • You must have a mentor (see Guidance below).


Edu-Badges are designed for learning to occur in a workplace setting. Each candidate will need a mentor/coach to help guide them through the resources and practical task/s to gain proficiency.

This Edu-Badge is suitable or veterinary nurses that hold a qualification eligible for registration in New Zealand (refer to: for eligible qualifications). We've provided some mentor guidelines to help you select the best person to help you.


Once your registration is received, you will get access to the resources in VetScholar (NZVA's online learning platform) which you will need to work through before completing the assessment.


The assessment comprises three parts and is completed in VetScholar. Each part of the assessment must be completed and submitted for marking and awarding of the badge.

The three (3) parts of the assessment parts are:

  1. Verification completed by your mentor/coach. As part of this you will need to submit ten (10) completed and verified clinical examination forms.
  2. Feedback from at least three (3) clients whose animals you performed a clinical examination on about your customer care using the feedback form provided. A template is provided for this feedback.
  3. Reflection on your clinical examination skill development

Full instructions are provided for each task in the separate documents. All aspects of each task must be completed correctly to pass this proficiency badge. The verification must be completed, and the verifier attested to the learner's proficiency before the video is recorded. The verification and completed video will be submitted along with the reflection to an independent assessor for marking and an award of proficient or not yet proficient.


$115 incl. GST.