The L3 Veterinary Nursing course runs over three years on day release. Students learn the theory at college and this is put into practice in the work place. Clinical and Professional skills are developed over the three years using an on line tool which is mapped to the RCVS day one skills and competencies. Once completed the student is eligible to register with the RCVS as a registered veterinary nurse. Course content covers a range of subjects a veterinary nurse will be involved in from taking Radiographs, running Dispensary, Monitoring Anaesthesia and working on reception.

The Veterinary Nurse plays a key role in the Veterinary Profession, assisting the Veterinary Surgeon, advising clients on Pet Heath and running Nurses Clinics. During the completion of the course a clinical coach is assigned to each candidate to support the completion of the clinical skills.

The course is assessed by a mixture of assignments, externally set exams and Objectively Structured Clinical Examinations. The Veterinary Nursing Department has excellent training facilities including a purpose built veterinary practice training suite, laboratory, Animal Management Unit and a team of lecturers and specialists within the veterinary profession.

The Framework includes:

  • Occupational Qualification – Level 3 Work Based Diploma in Veterinary Nursing
  • Employment rights and responsibilities
  • Personal learning and thinking skills

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Entry Requirements:

5 GCSEs at Grade C and above in English, Mathematics, Science plus two other subjects. Students also need to have been employed in their current training practice for a minimum of 6 months.

You will also attend college for a minimum number of set hours each week. 

Dates & Location:

January 2020

September 2020


3 years


Non-levy paying employers will share the cost of training and assessing their apprentices with government - this is called ‘co-investment’.

From April 2019, you will pay 5% towards to the cost of apprenticeship training and government will pay the rest (95%), up to the funding band maximum.

Future Opportunities

Students whom has achieved this qualification have gone on to work in referral veterinary hospitals, educational institutes and travel the world. Our Veterinary Nursing qualification is highly regarded in other countries and students have had success in working in Dubai, Australia and New Zealand.

Once completed candidates can further their education and complete the Advanced Diploma in Surgical and Medical nursing or Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care. The scope for progression is huge as the RCVS requirement for Continued Professional Development is a minimum of 15 hours per year from 2020.  

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