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Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing

This course equips you with the skills and knowledge to become a qualified and registered Veterinary Nurse. It will train you in all the practical and theoretical aspects that enable you to enter the profession.

Veterinary Nursing

Course information

Intakes: September and February
Duration: 2 years and 2 terms
Structure: 1 day per week at College (Day release), 4 days per week in Practice

Who is the course for

This course for student veterinary nurses who want to progress their careers by gaining a recognised qualification from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

Industry/ Work Experience

To become a qualified Veterinary Nurse, you must complete 1185 hours of independent study including supervised work experience in a clinical veterinary practice in addition to the units studied at the College. Candidates will need to have access to suitable work experience in a clinical veterinary practice that is registered as a training practice. The work experience will be on the basis of paid employment at the practice.

As part of the course, you will receive guided training within a veterinary practice. A clinical coach will be provided to monitor your progress, which will be recorded on the Nursing Progress Log (NPL). The NPL will need to be completed by both yourself and the Clinical Coach and will form part of your assessment.

What do I do after the course?

After successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to join the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Register of Veterinary Nurses. This will entitle you to practise as a qualified veterinary nurse.

How do I apply?

To apply for the course you must have secured a placement at a registered Veterinary Practice. You can then submit a completed application form to the college.

For more information please contact our Course Information Unit on 020 7700 9200 or email

Entry requirements

To get on the course you will need five GCSEs at grade C or above, or five Scottish Standard Grades 1 to 3. These passes must include English language, mathematics and a science subject.

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