B.Sc. On Campus

Veterinary Nursing

Harper Adams University

48 months
10800 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
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The B.S. in Veterinary Nursing at Harper Adams University prepares students in veterinary nursing and the animal health industry, studying companion animal life care and exotic animal health and nursing. 


The Veterinary Nursing program from Harper Adams University offers common curriculum for the first two years, before spending their third year on placement. 

The main 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) in order 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 course will share a number of common subjects such as anaesthesia, critical care and surgical techniques.


To obtain the nursing qualification a minimum of 1800 hours is spent working in a registered veterinary nurse training practice, both as short block release and during the sandwich year. This hands-on experience complements the applied animal health, nursing, business and welfare sciences studied at Harper Adams. 

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
  • Fundamentals of Physiology
  • Infection Control in the Veterinary Practice
  • Introduction to Animal Health
  • Principles of Veterinary Nursing
  • Professional Skills of the Veterinary Nurse
  • Veterinary Physiology
  • Working as a Veterinary Professional
  • Animal Medicines
  • Clinical Research Methods 
  • Principles and Application of Diagnostic Imaging 
  • Medical Nursing 
  • Nursing Support for Disease Diagnosis 
  • Professional Practise 
  • Philosophy of Zoos 

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.
  • All applicants must have at least two weeks recent experience in a veterinary practice before they can be considered for an offer. This evidence must include a reference from each practice attended. A total of at least 4 weeks is required overall to meet the work experience element of the entry requirements.
  • All suitable applicants are expected to attend an interview which will form part of the selection process.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    10800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10800 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    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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