Vocational Course

Veterinary Nursing Level 3 Diploma

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About this course

Veterinary nurses are essential members of the veterinary team. They work alongside vets to provide care and treatment to a variety of animals. Veterinary nurses work with a range of animals including, dogs, cats, horses, small animals, exotics and birds. Our Level 3 programme is based on the small animal pathway.

The work of a veterinary nurse can be very challenging and involve long and unsociable hours, but each day is different and the rewards and job satisfaction can be immense. Veterinary nurses need to enjoy working as part of a veterinary team and this course will enable you to develop the skills necessary to work with little supervision and become a valued team member.

What will I learn?

During the course you will study a variety of units including:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Infection Control
  • Animal Welfare, Health & Husbandry
  • Nursing Care of Hospitalised Animals
  • Anaesthesia
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Emergengy & Critical Care

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be by:

  • Online City & Guilds multiple choice exams
  • Practical examination (OSCE)
  • College-based assignments & examinations
  • Online nursing progress log (NPL)

What do I need?

General Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English and Maths at grade 4 (grade C)

Specific Requirements

  • Science subject at grade C

In certain circumstances we will accept variations to this entry guide and create a personalised programme.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - Animal Management HNC or choose from a range of HNC/D, Foundation Degrees and professional qualifications
  • University - Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing FdSc or BSc 'top up' courses
  • Careers - This course will allow you to work in practice as an RVN both in the UK and overseas, as the qualification is very highly regarded. Other careers include, head nurse, practice manager, owning and running your own practice, pharmaceutical company rep and insurance claims handler to name but a few!

Additional Information

You must secure a clinical placement in an RCVS approved training practice for the duration of the course.

Once you have achieved this qualification and completed the required hours of training, you can join the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons' Register of Veterinary Nurses and practise as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN).