B.Sc. On Campus

Veterinary Nursing

Harper Adams University

48 months
11000 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The fully accredited, vocational Veterinary Nursing programme of Harper Adams University is blending animal science with professional skills to produce day-one, job-ready graduates eligible to practice as Registered Veterinary Nurses.


RVNs work alongside veterinary surgeons to provide a high standard of care for animals. Veterinary Nurses normally work within a veterinary surgery or veterinary hospital and are involved in a wide range of care and treatment.

Because of the vocational nature of the Veterinary Nursing programme of Harper Adams University, the content is a balance between practical work (vital to gain the necessary experience to become a qualified nurse) and the intellectual skills needed for a degree. You will learn practical skills at Harper Adams via short block release completed during vacations and during the work placement year.

Students on these courses share a common curriculum for the first two years, studying the same modules, before spending their third year on placement. The focus of the first three years of the course is to equip students with the day one skills and competences required by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to practice as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN).

Subjects will include veterinary physiology, professional skills of the veterinary nurse, companion animal management, anaesthesia and surgery, medical nursing, diagnostic imaging and disease diagnosis.

In the final year all routes share common subjects such as anaesthesia, critical care and surgical techniques. The specific Honours pathways will then allow students to specialise in their chosen field of study.


Veterinary nursing is a career with lots of job satisfaction and there is a strong demand for registered veterinary nurses. Although the majority of RVNs work in general practice there are increasing opportunities for specialisation into different areas, such as patient rehabilitation and companion animal behaviour. Although primarily a companion animal qualification, the degree offers modules for those interested in other species, increasing the job opportunities available upon graduating.

The pharmaceuticals industry employs trained veterinary nurses. The degree also opens the door to wider opportunities concerning the health and welfare of animals.

Programme Structure

Course include:
  • Companion Animal Management
  • Physiology
  • Infection Control in the Veterinary Practice
  • Animal Health
  • Principles of Veterinary Nursing
  • Veterinary Physiology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Offers tend to be in the region of 28 points with biology at level 6 or above
  • Minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grade A-C/4 to include Maths, English Language and Science.
  • In recognition of the difficulties in gaining work experience in a veterinary practice as a result of COVID-19, a minimum of 4 weeks work experience is required. This should comprise 7 days in small animal veterinary practice (preferably some of this should be in a block) and the remainder in an animal related placement, ideally some of this should be completed prior to application.
  • Overseas applicants please check our English Language Requirements
  • Interviews will take place on an ad-hoc basis should the Course Manager wish to discuss any aspect of your application and for all potentially suitable applicants who require visa sponsorship.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11000 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Newport

741 - 1405 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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