Training - what's involved?
Level 3 Diplomas are offered on either a full-time basis or apprenticeship style alongside a job in veterinary practice.
If you enrol on a full-time course your time will be divided between that spent in the classroom and periods of training on placement (paid or unpaid) in veterinary practice.
As an apprentice, you will first need to find employment in an approved training practice and then attend college on a part-time or block release basis.
You will be working under the supervision of qualified veterinary nurses and veterinary surgeons, learning how to provide nursing care and treatments in a range of different situations. You will be assessed throughout the course via theory exams, practical exams, a work-based progress log and assignments. You will also be expected to undertake several hours of private study each week.
Foundation (FdSc) or Batchelor (BSc) Degrees are available and courses often include additional subjects such as practice management or animal behaviour. Training takes between three and four years depending on the type of course you choose. Degree courses include a significant proportion of practical training based in approved training practices alongside an academic programme.
Examination for the VN Degree varies depending on the course provider, but will include written and practical exams and a collection of work based evidence.
List of RCVS Approved Qualifications in Veterinary Nursing
A full list of approved course providers and approved training practices can be obtained from the RCVS website www.rcvs.org.uk