Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Cannington Centre

Who is the course for?

Veterinary nurses are a vital part of the veterinary team and are employed in veterinary practices as well as in specialised animal fields. A recognised training course has been available since the mid 1960s. It has recently undergone radical changes to meet the constantly changing challenges of today's scientific advancements.

To enrol as a student veterinary nurse applicants will need to be employed in a veterinary practice that has met the standards set by the awarding body, Central Qualifications. Veterinary practices that have been inspected and meet these standards are known as Training Practices (TPs).

What does the course involve?

The Level 3 Apprenticeship in Veterinary Nursing is a two year course and covers:

  • Maintaining animal health
  • Essential veterinary nursing skills
  • Nursing support in the provision of veterinary services
  • Application of veterinary nursing care
  • Principles and practices of diagnostics for veterinary nurses
  • Pharmacology and pharmacy support for veterinary nursing practice
  • Surgical theatre practice for veterinary nurses
  • Supporting anaesthesia in veterinary practice
  • Relationships and accountability in veterinary nursing practice
  • Health and safety in veterinary nursing practice.

Students will attend College one day per week and be at work for the remainder of the week.

What makes this course special?

As a Bridgwater & Taunton College Student VN studying at the Cannington Centre students will have access to the full range of support and facilities available.

This includes:

  • Experienced tutors
  • Excellent pass rates
  • Good range of equipment
  • Purpose built laboratories
  • A lively and stimulating environment in which to learn
  • Access to a large modern learning resources centre
  • Tutorial support and guidance as well as the individual support from the students Training Officer

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs A* – C or 9 – 4, including English Language, Maths and a Science

  • Employment in a Training Practice

What are the assessment methods?

The theory aspects of the course will be taught during time at College and will prepare the student for their national Central Qualifications examinations. Students will be required to complete written assignments, multiple choice examinations and practical examinations during the course. Training Officers will visit the student at least every 10-12 weeks to monitor progress and help them and their practice with any concerns they may have.

The practical aspects of the course will be assessed during the students time in the workplace. They will complete a web based electronic log known as a Central Skills Log  ‘CSL’ This will provide a record of the clinical skills which students need to learn, practise, and reach a satisfactorily consistent standard. Students will be supervised by a nominated clinical coach. They will also be provided with a Training Officer who will oversee their training at work and at College. The Training Officer will visit the student at least once every three months to review their progress and help them with any problems they might have. Students will be authorised to use the post nominal letters V.N.

What are the progression options?

Positions in Universities, specialist centres, teaching and travel are all options. Students can further their career with specialist qualifications; e.g. The Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing. The Diploma will also count towards a University entrance for a degree level qualification.

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