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Veterinary Nurse Apprenticeship Standard Level 3

The Veterinary Nursing Advanced Apprenticeship standard has been designed with the industry, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), City & Guilds and Central Qualifications to provide learners entering the profession with the skills and knowledge to become a qualified registered Veterinary Nurse. The standard also 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

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  • Course Description

    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)

  • Entry Requirements

    Due to the industry being highly regulated, City & Guilds and Central Qualifications require candidates to have five GCSE passes at grade C/4 or higher. Subjects must include English language, Mathematics and a Science subject plus 2 other GCSEs. Where an entrant does not have such qualifications, entrants may have alternative qualifications that are demonstrably equivalent. Entrants are required to have a minimum of 6 months work experience in a vet practice or similar animal related industry. The purpose of minimum entry qualifications and criteria is to ensure that potential apprentices are in a position to:

    • Cope with the level and scope of learning required to achieve the registerable qualifications in veterinary nursing and
    • Function effectively and safely as a student veterinary nurse in a veterinary practice

    At the start of your apprenticeship you will need to be employed by a suitable and appropriate employer for at least 30 hours a week. You will also need to have been a resident in the EU for at least 3 years, and not be on any other government funded training programme.

  • Course Length

    How long is this course?

    36 Months

    When does this course start?

    This course is available from September at Milton Campus

    How many hours / days per week is this course?

    This course will run from the beginning of September and will require college attendance for 1 day per week. (Term Times only). In addition, the apprentice will complete off the job training activities with their employer.

  • Additional Information

    What qualification will I achieve?

    Level 3 City & Guilds Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Small Animal Pathway) On successful completion of the End Point Assessment the learner will be awarded the RCVS accredited Licence to Practise Veterinary Nursing qualification at Level 3

    How is my course assessed?

    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.
    Apprentices 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:

    • A Professional Discussion
    • A Practical Assessment in the form of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

This course is available from September at Milton Campus



Duration 36 Months


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Phoebe Cox

Diploma in Animal Management Level 3

Following her success in studying A-levels at CWA, Phoebe is now working towards her diploma in Animal Management.

“I enjoy the atmosphere of the college environment and the way of learning. I like the handling lessons most, where we are 'hands-on' with the animals, but I also find the lessons on animal behaviour very interesting. 

I would say to anyone thinking of coming to college to come to an open day to see if it's right for you. CWA has allowed me to gain a variety of qualifications and experience, which has prepared me for a career in animal care.”

Phoebe plans to either study animal behaviour or zoology at university or gain employment in the animal care sector. 


Kayla Harding

Advanced Technical Diploma Animal Management

Since Kayla began her course in Animal Management, she has shown outstanding levels of commitment and enthusiasm during her lessons.

At every turn, Kayla has set high standards for herself and has worked hard to achieve her goals, achieving an attendance rate of 100%. She has shown an excellent attitude for animal management and it has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with such a talented student.

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