Veterinary Nursing Apprenticeship

Veterinary Nursing Apprenticeship

About the framework

This advanced apprenticeship in veterinary nursing provides comprehensive training in the theory and practice of veterinary nursing. It equips apprentices with the technical skills and knowledge to work as qualified, registered veterinary nurses.

Apprentices study a range of units at college, and apply what they are learning through hands-on training at their employer's veterinary practice. Applicants will need to have access to suitable paid work experience at a clinical veterinary practice (registered as a training practice).

Apprentices will gain the technical skills to undertake a range of duties, including diagnostic tests, medical treatments, and minor surgical procedures under veterinary direction.

The apprenticeship covers the following core units, as well as six additional units following the small animal pathway.

Core units:

  • Understanding the operational requirements of veterinary nursing
  • Comparative functional anatomy for veterinary nursing practice
  • Professional relationships and communication for veterinary nursing practice
  • Applied animal welfare, health and husbandry for veterinary nurses
  • Infection control in veterinary practice
  • Essentials of practical veterinary nursing care for hospitalised animals
  • Supporting the supply of veterinary medicines
  • Veterinary nursing support of diagnostic imaging
  • Veterinary nursing support for laboratory diagnostics
  • Supporting veterinary operating theatre practice
  • Understanding the essentials of veterinary nursing care for hospitalised animals
  • Principles of supporting veterinary anesthesia
  • Preparing for professional registration

Small animal pathway units:

  • Principles of peri-operative veterinary nursing support for small animals
  • Principles of veterinary nursing support for small animal patients
  • Principles of small animal veterinary nursing emergency and critical care
  • Practical monitoring of small animal veterinary anesthesia
  • Practical peri-operative veterinary nursing support for small animals
  • Practical veterinary nursing support of small animal patients

To become qualified veterinary nurses, apprentices must complete a further 1185 hours of independent study, including supervised work experience in a clinical veterinary practice.

Employers are required to provide guided training within their veterinary practice, and a clinical coach should be assigned to monitor the apprentice's progress, and record this on the Nursing Progress Log (NPL). The NPL will need to be completed by the clinical coach and the apprentice and this will form part of the assessment.

On successful completion of the programme, an apprentice will be eligible to join the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Register of Veterinary Nurses, enabling them to practice as a qualified veterinary nurse within your practice.

For more information:

Contact the Employer Engagement Team