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If you, like many people are finding it difficult to find the all the
answers to your veterinary nurse training queries, the following FAQ’S
about Veterinary Nursing courses
by the Royal College of Veterinary
Surgeons and FAQS’ on becoming a Veterinary Nurse by the Veterinary
website should help!
For a full list of RCVS approved veterinary nursing course providers
This document is very comprehensive and worthwhile
downloading if you are searching for an approved course provider.
Veterinary Nursing Qualifications:
There are three main paths to becoming a veterinary nurse; the BSc in
veterinary nursing, the NVQ in veterinary nursing and the Foundation
degree in Veterinary Nursing.
a)The BSc (Honours) in Veterinary Nursing:
prepares graduates for
career opportunities in teaching, research, clinical nursing, practice
management, animal insurance companies and journalism. The degree is a
four year, full time, programme that allows students to develop
analytical and communication skills whilst providing a thorough
grounding in the sciences, nursing and research necessary for those
wishing to take on a professional role in veterinary nursing.
Opportunities exist for students to undertake work placements in a wide
variety of settings including first opinion and equine practices,
veterinary hospitals and referral practices.
b) NVQ levels 2 and 3 in Veterinary Nursing:
must be completed in order
for students to become a qualified veterinary nurse. Students must be
employed in a veterinary practice which is either a Veterinary Nurse
Approved Centre (VNAC) or a Training and Assessment Practice (TP). To
achieve the award students must have been in employment: a) full time
(35 hours or more per week) for a minimum of two years or b) part time
(20 hours or more per week) for a minimum of four years.
c) Foundation degree in Veterinary Nursing:
is a broad, two-year
programme of learning which offers a stimulating introduction to the
essentials of veterinary nursing. You will also complete at least 70
weeks of practical training at a range of veterinary practices—giving
you hands-on experience and real insight into the day-to-day role of
the veterinary nurse.
Veterinary Nurse Training Course providers
Edinburgh Napier University
Edinburgh Napier University is a dynamic, innovative and
forward-looking institution dedicated to supplying educational services
which are relevant to the needs of today's students and
Veterinary Nursing BSc Honours
Middlesex University is a large London university, with two further
campuses overseas, in Dubai and Mauritius. Our history in higher
education dates from 1878 and in 1992 we were granted the royal charter
making us a university.
BSc Honours Veterinary Nursing
BSc Honours Veterinary Nursing (Top-up)
Royal Veterinary College (RVC)
As one of the world’s leading specialist veterinary institutions, the
Royal Veterinary College brings together many talented individuals, all
of whom share a passion for human and animal health and welfare.
Our broad range of programmes are of international appeal and attract
students who go on to become practising
veterinarians, animal scientists, veterinary nurses and leaders in
industry and government.
Foundation degree in Veterinary Nursing
BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing
Veterinary nurses who already hold the Royal College of Veterinary
Surgeons Veterinary Nursing Certificate can undertake an individualised
academic programme leading to a degree in veterinary nursing.
Animal/Veterinary Care Assistant
Most veterinary practices and veterinary hospitals will employ junior
staff to assist with day to day duties of cleaning and feeding animals
and generally helping out. This is also a great starting point for
future vets and nurses to gain valuable working experience
is high competition for these positions so a qualification will greatly
increase chances of employment. There are a few excellent online animal care diplomas
that give a good basic grounding in the general care and welfare of animals
particularly the animal care and welfare course
or pet care/vet assistant course
Veterinary receptionists are vital
members of the team at any veterinary practice. They are almost always
the first contact a client has with the practice and the impression
that they project can cement or destroy the relationship. Veterinary
receptionists need to understand the basics of many veterinary
conditions as well as being able to cope with the administration in
what can be a very busy 'office' if they are to carry out their duties
effectively. They are the interface between the veterinary surgeons,
practice nurses and the client so need to know how best to explain
recommended treatments and be able to help in sometimes difficult and
complex situations. A qualification is not essential and many vet practices will provide in-house training. However an animal care and welfare course
or pet care/vet assistant course
would definitely improve job prospects.