Duration 3 years
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The Veterinary Nursing Advanced Apprenticeship standard has been designed with the industry, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), Land Management and Production, Animal Health and Welfare and Environmental Industries (LANTRA) to provide learners entering the profession with the skills and knowledge to become a qualified registered veterinary nurse.
To study this apprenticeship, you need to be aged 18 or above at the start of the programme. It is unlikely that a veterinary practice will offer an apprenticeship to someone under the age of 18. If you are 16 or 17 and have found an employer who will support you with an apprenticeship, please contact us before applying.
Veterinary nursing is the supportive care of animals receiving treatment within a veterinary practice. A veterinary nurse works as a member of the veterinary team, providing expert nursing care for sick animals. Veterinary nurses also play a significant role in educating owners on maintaining the health of their pets. They carry out technical work and are skilled in undertaking a range of diagnostic tests, medical treatments and minor surgical procedures, under veterinary direction. Veterinary Nurses are registered professionals and work within the standards and scope of practice defined by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) here.
By the end of this course, you'll have gained knowledge and clinical skills for the veterinary nursing of small animals. While there are only five units, you'll learn about all the following topics:
An interview will be required to identify your potential, commitment and motivation to achieve the apprenticeship. We will also use the interview as an opportunity to discuss your employer. Depending on your level of English and Maths, you may be asked to complete an initial assessment to show your ability to complete a further level 2 qualification in English and / or Maths.
The purpose of minimum entry qualifications and criteria is to ensure that potential apprentices are in a position to:
This course will run from the beginning of September and will require college attendance every Wednesday. In addition, the apprentice will complete off the job training activities with their employer.
The standard provides a progression pathway to move into animal behaviour, animal physiology, medical or surgical nursing.
Job opportunities include Veterinary Nurse Small Animal, Head Veterinary Nurse
LANTRA Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing
The Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Small Animal pathway), includes both competence and knowledge. The diploma is assessed through evidence of workplace activities and observations, as well as internal exams and external assessments. The veterinary nurse will require a comprehensive understanding and demonstrate knowledge, skills and behaviours required by the profession.
You will typically spend 30-36 months working towards the apprenticeship standard, followed by an End-Point Assessment
The End-Point Assessment consists of two components:
Duration 3 years