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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:
05 November

Who is the course for?

This Qualification is designed to support the preparation of veterinary nurses for professional registration on to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Register of Veterinary Nurses. The RCVS is the profession's regulatory body

It is mandatory for those seeking entry to the RCVS Register to be in possession of an approved qualification and meet the RCVS VN Registration Rules.

The college is approved by th eRCVS and ACOVENE and is recognised by employers

Do I need any formal qualifications?

You will need to fulfil the following entry requirements: 5 x GCSEs Grade 4+/C or above to include English, Maths and Science (Biology preferred) or equivalent qualifications at the discretion of Head of Centre.

Important information: To begin this qualification you must have a paid position in an Approved Training Practice (TP)

This will include working full time on a shift basis which may potentially include working nights and weekends; please ensure you are prepared for these working hours, this is dependent upon your secured practice.

What will I study on the course?

You will study:

Understanding the Operational Requirements of a Veterinary Practice

Anatomy for a Veterinary Nursing Practice

Communication in Veterinary Practice

Infection Control in Veterinary Practice

Supporting the Supply of Veterinary Medicines

Supporting diagnostic imaging in Veterinary Practice

Veterinary Nursing Support for Laboratory Diagnostics

Principles of Supporting Veterinary Anaesthesia

Principles of Veterinary Nursing Support for Small Animal Patients

Emergency and Critical Care

Ethical Principles and professional formation

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

The qualification is delivered as a small animal pathway only (cat, dog, small mammal, exotic)

The course is delivered over 3 years and completed within 3 years.

Consisting of 1 day in college per week of the academic calendar and full time in your paid placement for practical education in a Training Practic

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

Assignments, Synoptic Examinations including multiple units, Nursing Progression Log (NPL) and OSCE practical examinations

Once qualified you may have the opportunity to progress further however the outlined course is a time demanding course requiring full attendance either in the classroom or workplace therefore all entry requirements are mandatory

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

After completing the course:

You can progress directly into employment within the Veterinary Industry.

You could also progress onto other higher level qualifications within the sector; Veterinary Nursing Degree/top up qualifications

Further information can be found;



https://www.cityandguilds.com/qualifications-and-apprenticeships/land-based-services/animal-management/7457-veterinary-nursing tab=information


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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