What is special about this course?
This qualification suits those who wish to qualify and register with the RCVS as a Veterinary Nurse. Train in our fully equipped laboratories and state of the art practical training suites with expert tuition from our experience RVN’s and veterinary surgeon. You will spend time studying at our Rural Studies Centre, Halkirk in years 1, 2 and 3. Students enrolling on this course must have secured a practice placement. Demand for placements is highly competitive and you are advised to secure your practice placement before interview, if possible. Offers of placements are made by the veterinary practice placement providers, not the college.
- Applicants should be at least 17 years of age with a reasonably high standard of physical fitness
with Maths, English, a science subject and two other qualifications at GCSE Grades A-C or
Scottish Intermediate 2 C or above or National 5 or above or a Standard Grade at level 1 or 2 or
• Satisfactory completion of Level 2 Diploma VCA and evidence of maths/numeracy and
communication/literacy at National 5 or above.
• Applicants must have recent work experience of at least 10 days in a small animal veterinary
practice working alongside Registered Veterinary Nurses
• Satisfactory interview
• A firm offer of a practice placement or evidence of actively seeking a practice placement from
an approved veterinary practice
Mature students and adult returners will be considered on an individual basis with proof of
qualifications, experience and ability to study at this course level.
• Understanding the operational requirements of a veterinary practice
• Comparative functional anatomy for veterinary nursing practice
• Professional relationships and communication for veterinary nursing practice
• Applied animal welfare, health and husbandry for veterinary nurses
• Infection control in veterinary practice
• Essentials of practical veterinary nursing care for hospitalised animals
• Understanding the essentials of veterinary nursing care for hospitalised animals
• Supporting the supply of veterinary medicines
• Veterinary nursing support of diagnostic imaging
• Veterinary nursing support for laboratory diagnostics
• Supporting veterinary operating theatre practice
• Principles of supporting veterinary anaesthesia
• Principles of veterinary nursing support for small animal patients
• Principles of peri-operative veterinary nursing support for small animals
• Principles of small animal veterinary nursing emergency and critical care
• Preparing for professional registration
How will I study my course?
- Full Time
- Work based
- Block release
How long will my course last?
24 weeks college attendance and 60 weeks (2100) hours in practice placement over two and a half years.
Where can I study my course?
- Employers Premises
Annually in August/September.
- 10 weeks college attendance in Year 1 (September – July)
- 10 weeks college attendance in Year 2 (September – July)
- 4 weeks college attendance in Year 3 (September – December)
The remainder of the academic year (excluding college holidays) will be spent in an approved training practice placement.
For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.
What can I do on completion of my course?
The Veterinary Nursing qualification is a well-respected qualification, opening various career avenues. Our graduates find jobs readily in veterinary practice once qualified. However, there are also a number of alternative employment options for RVN’s available including zoos, veterinary nursing in the forces, veterinary pharmaceutical companies and lecturing.
Is there more information available online?
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