Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Cannington Centre

Who is the course for?

This course is ideal for people who are working in a veterinary practice and who wish to have a recognised qualification. The course modules cover all of the aspects of veterinary nursing required at this level and completion allows progression to Level 3 Diploma in Vet Nursing to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

What does the course involve?

The course covers anatomy and physiology, canine and feline husbandry and management, exotic husbandry and management, First Aid, health and hygiene, and basic nursing skills. Students will also study reception skills, finance and administration. They will be in College for one day a week and in their veterinary practice the rest of the time.

What makes this course special?

Students will be studying at the Cannington Centre which has an extensive range of relevant veterinary equipment. Access to the College's animal collection is available for exotic identification and husbandry. Students will be taught by qualified veterinary nurses.

Entry Requirements

Students will need to be in full or part-time employment with a veterinary practice (not necessarily paid) in order to achieve the 600 hours required. This does not have to be an RCVS registered training practice. No formal qualifications are needed.

What are the assessment methods?

Assessment is by City & Guilds/NPTC. Students have to complete a portfolio of assessments and case studies from their work in practice.

How long is the course?

This is a one year course.

What are the progression options?

Having successfully completed this course and also having GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Maths (or equivalent) students can progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. On successful completion they will be a Registered Veterinary Nurse. In order to progress to veterinary nursing students must be employed within an RCVS Training Practice. Students may choose to continue to work within their practice and use the knowledge they have gained.

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