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Veterinary Nursing

Diploma in Veterinary Nursing Level 3

Kirkley Hall Campus
Course Code:
Awarding Body:

City and Guilds Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (QCF) Level 3

Start Date:
10 September

Who is the course for?

This Qualification is for learners who work or want to work as veterinary nurses in the Veterinary Nursing sector. It is designed to support the preparation of veterinary nurses for professional registration on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Register of Veterinary Nurses.

The qualification is mandatory for those seeking entry to the RCVS Register to be in possession of an approved qualification. The Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing falls into this category.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

You will need to fulfil the following entry requirements: 5 x GCSEs Grade C or above to Inc. English, Maths and Science/ or equivalent qualifications. Equivalents can be found on Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) website : www.rcvs.org.uk

Important information: To begin on this award you must have a placement in a Training Practice :


This will include working full time on a shift basis, please ensure you are prepared for these working hours

What will I study on the course?

You will study exciting and developmental units including:


Understanding the Operational Requirements of a Veterinary Practice

Comparative Functional Anatomy for a Veterinary Nursing Practice

Infection Control in a Veterinary Practice

Supporting the Supply of Veterinary Medicines

Veterinary Nursing Support for Laboratory Diagnostics

Principles of Supporting Veterinary Anaesthesia

Principles of Veterinary Nursing Support for Small Animal Patients

Principles of Perioperative Veterinary Nursing Support for Horses (Equine route)

You will learn, develop and practise the skills and knowledge required for employment and/or career progression in the Veterinary Nursing sector.

The qualification can be done in the context of small animals or equine.

The course runs over 2 Years.

Consisting of 2 week blocks in college and practical education in a Training Practice

Blocks are spread out throughout the year.

Your progress will be assessed by a range of methods including:

Holistic assessment includes : MCQ, Assignments, Centre Devised Examinations, Nursing Progression Log (NPL) electronic portfolio and OSCE practical examinations

You may also have the opportunity to complement your studies with other qualifications that will help you gain employment, including: Specialist qualifications post Veterinary Nursing L3 Diploma: follow the link to find out more:-


City and Guilds Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (QCF) Level 3

After completing the course:

You can progress directly into employment within the Veterinary Nursing Sector. You could also progress onto other higher level qualifications within the sector: RCVS Veterinary Nursing Degree/top up qualifications: follow the link : http://www.rcvs.org.uk/education/career-development/

The qualification is recognised by employers

Further information can be found on the City and Guilds website and within the qualification handbook:


Useful links:


Many of our learners study for free with a Fee Waiver when they are in receipt of qualifying benefits or studying a first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and meet age restrictions or are aged between 16-18.

If you are not entitled to a Fee Waiver, you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help with paying your course fees, or if you are aged over 19 and planning to study at Level 3 or 4 and have not previously studied at Level 3 or above you will be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan that covers the costs of your tuition fees. The loan will not cover the cost of any examination / registration fees and these will need to be paid for separately, or you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help cover the cost.

All learners may also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email helphub@northland.ac.uk.

How can I apply for this course?

Apply online by clicking here and registering, alternatively please contact our Help Hub on 01670 841 200, email helphub@northland.ac.uk or drop in to one of our open events.

Alternatively, if this is the course for you please click Book and Enrol Now – please note this option is only available for certain courses.

Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here http://www.northumberland.ac.uk/events/

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