Foundation degree (a University of Brighton-validated course)

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What does the course cover?

This course is delivered through an interesting mix of group workshops, guest visits from industrial experts and veterinary surgeons, laboratory-based practicals, lectures, practical sessions and work-related activities. You’ll need to complete a voluntary placement for the duration of your course; completing 1800 working hours over the three-year period. Plus you’ll need to complete a nursing progress log as part of your overall qualification. You’ll also enjoy visits to a variety of veterinary organisations including referral and equine practices. 

Entry Requirements:

You’ll need at least 5 GCSEs (minimum grade C/4) including English Language, Maths and a Science and a total of 64 UCAS points including either:

• Two A-Levels to include at least one science, preferably Biology (Grade C)

• Advanced GNVQ or BTEC Extended Diploma in an animal/ science-based qualification (MMP)

• Level 3 Key Skills, but not General Studies

If you’re a mature student who has appropriate GCSEs but not A-Levels or an Extended Diploma, you may be eligible for entry if you have a Level 3 science-based qualification or QAA-approved Access to Science course but must equate to a suitable amount of UCAS points.

You will also need to have completed at least four weeks’ work experience in an animal-related industry. A minimum of two weeks should be in a veterinary practice working as a Student Veterinary Nurse – four weeks is preferred.

In addition to our academic entry criteria, you’ll need to demonstrate your fitness to practice according to RCVS guidelines. You’ll be required to disclose any convictions, including drugs offences, before you start your course. The RCVS may, depending on the offence, refuse to allow professional registration on graduation. 

Duration:

Full-Time: 3 years (year 2 is a sandwich year). 

UCAS Details:

The UCAS code for this course is D310.

I thoroughly enjoyed the course, I built great friendships with both staff and peers. I found that by being at Plumpton I grew as a person, and become more confident. I would strongly recommend the FdSc Veterinary course as I had the best three years. 

Shannon Desmond

FdSc Veterinary Nursing

Facilities

If you're looking to join us in Veterinary Nursing, you'll find our extensive animal management unit an outstanding place for you to study. 

You'll have access to an extensive range of domestic, exotic and 'small-holding' animals where you will learn the husbandry and health requirements in preparation for clinical work. 

We've also got superb facilities, where you'll be able to spend time at our purpose-built Clinical Veterinary Nursing Training Suite, developing your clinical nursing skills. 

Here you'll discover our excellent modern equipment which ranges from advanced diagnostic, anaesthetic, laboratory and surgical equipment to a comprehensive range of anatomical models. This includes a life-size model hose plus a full range of equine veterinary and husbandry equipment. 

Library

The library facilities at Plumpton located in the centre of the College campus. There is plenty of space for quiet study and plugs at every desk. The library has extensive computer facilities to support student research and there is also easy access to printers. The library is staffed by the library manager and library assistants.

There are over 10,000 books on land-based subjects, plus a range of magazines and journals, including electronic resources that may be accessed from College or home. The library stocks specialist material that covers a broad range of animal management, conservation and veterinary science subjects to facilitate students in their assignments and research projects. Students also have access to subject-specific e-journals and e-publications.

I.T. Resources

We have a dedicated Higher Education I.T. room here at Plumpton, providing reliable access to a quiet study space and printing facilities.

Our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is based on the programme Moodle. It is used daily by both staff and students to ensure that we adhere to the College aim of using modern technology to help support outstanding teaching, learning and assessment at college. Staff are encouraged to empower their students through the use of digital tools both in and outside the classroom. For example, they can provide support before a lesson by uploading lecture slides onto the module page. Digital enhancement can be conducted in a variety of ways during a lesson, such as encouraging student interaction through the use of Virtual Reality. Meanwhile, post-lesson enrichment can come in the form of a lesson-review quiz. Students must also submit assignments online via Turnitin, allowing staff to provide accessible and detailed digital feedback.

HE Study Rooms

HE students have access to their own study rooms that is for the sole use of HE students. The rooms are located in the Research & Development building, and creates a quiet self-study environment for students. Additionally, there is also a dedicated HE common room designed to provide students with a space to relax and engage with other HE students.

Future Opportunities

We work closely with many veterinary practices within Sussex and the surrounding counties. You’ll be allocated a work placement practice in your first year – most students will stay with the same practice throughout their training. This is an opportunity for you to become fully integrated within a multidisciplinary team. We’ve found that many of our students have gone on to be employed at their placement practice after they’ve successfully completed their Foundation Degree.  

What professional qualifications can I study? 

On graduation, you’ll receive professional accreditation as a veterinary nurse from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and will be eligible to enter the professional register as a registered veterinary nurse (RVN).

Modules

Year 1 (Level 4)

Module Code

Status

Module Title

Semester

Credits

PX103

M

Small Animal Nursing 1

1

10

PX152

M

Maintaining the Clinical Environment

1

10

PX158

M

Small Animal Nursing 2

2

10

PX159

M

Health and Safety in Veterinary Practice

1

10

PX160

M

Veterinary Practice Management

2

10

PX163

M

Veterinary Animal Reproduction

2

10

PX164

M

Veterinary Animal Nutrition

2

10

PX165

M

Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology

Year

20

PX167

M

Veterinary Animal Health

1

10

PX168

M

Practical Management of Exotic and Domestic Animal Collections

Year

10

Year 2 (Placement Year)

Module Code

Status

Module Title

Semester

Credits

PX103

M

Professional Veterinary Nursing Skills 1

Year

10

PX251

M

Veterinary Nursing models

1

10

Year 3 (Level 5)

Module Code

Status

Module Title

Semester

Credits

PX232

M

Diagnostic Imaging Techniques

2

10

PX253

M

Veterinary Surgical and Theatre Procedures

1

10

PX257

M

Pharmacology in Veterinary Practice

2

10

PX260

M

Anaesthesia in Veterinary Practice

1

10

PX261

M

Application of Veterinary Nursing Models

Year

20

PX264

M

Applied Veterinary Animal Health

1

10

PX266

M

Professional Veterinary Nursing Skills 2

Year

10

PL204

C

Project 2

Year

20

PL203

C

Statistics

1

10

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