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Veterinary Nursing - Level 3 (Diploma) - Part-time

The part time Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing combines a range of theoretical knowledge of the principles of veterinary nursing and pairs it with the practical applications necessary to be become a skilled nurse.

  • Course Description

    You will be employed within a veterinary practice and attend college 1 day a week to attend lectures with our staff who have excellent practice knowledge. There is a range of assessment throughout the course these include examinations, reports, OSCEs, and completion of your Nursing Progress Log (NPL). 

    Whilst employed in a Veterinary Practice you will have a clinical coach, along with a tutor assigned at College. Successful completion of this qualification will enable you to complete your enrolment with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and practice as a fully registered Veterinary Nurse.

    Year 1

    • Anatomy and Physiology

    • General Nursing

    • Operational Requirements of a Veterinary Practice

    • Essentials of Veterinary Nursing

    • Infection control

    Year 2

    • Diagnostic imaging

    • Diagnostics tests

    • Anaesthesia

    • Pharmacy

    • Theatre Practice

    • Preparing for Professional Registration

    Year 3

    • Practical Anaesthesia

    • Principles of Perioperative Care

    • Principles of Veterinary Nursing Support

    • Practical Vet Nursing Support

    • Emergency and Critical Care
  • Entry Requirements

    You will need:

    • 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or higher, including English Language, Maths and a Science subject

    Alternative qualifications of a comparable or higher standard may be accepted.

    You should also currently be employed at a veterinary practice.

  • Course Length

    This course will run from 9:15am-4.15pm, days to be confirmed

  • Course Fees
    Age Cost
    16-18 Free*
    19+ £11,350

    * Certain courses may have additional costs to cover trips or DBS checks, and for some courses you will be expected to purchase additional items such as uniform or equipment.

    Fee information

    Though this course is free for those aged 16-18, there may be additional fees related to the programme, such as additional equipment or uniform, trips, DBS checks and work placement costs. Further information will be sent to all applicants before enrolment.

    If you are aged 19 and over, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of this course. For more information on the Advanced Learner Loan, please click here. Alternatively, if you are aged 19-23 and have not yet completed a level 3 or above qualification, you may be able to receive this course for free. For further information and to complete our fee calculator, click here.

    Find all the information you need about course fees and financial help below.

    Information on Fees and Financial Help

    Please note the information on this page was correct at the time of publication but is subject to change due to factors beyond our control.
  • Additional Information

    What qualification will I achieve?

    RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 3)

    How is my course assessed?

    The course involves external RCVS exams as well as internal exams and assessments.

Starting 07/09/2020



Duration 3 years

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