Bachelor On Campus

Veterinary Nursing and Applied Animal Behaviour

Anglia Ruskin University

36 months
13900 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Gain 1,800 hours placement in a vets’ practice while learning practical skills at Anglia Ruskin University's  Veterinary Nursing and Applied Animal Behaviour. This three-year foundation degree offers lots of hands-on contact with animals so you can learn to provide the treatment and preventative care needed.


Key facts

If you love animals and want to help protect and care for them, our course is for you. It’s approved by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) so when you graduate Anglia Ruskin University's  Veterinary Nursing and Applied Animal Behaviour, you’ll have the skills you need to apply to register with them as a veterinary nurse.

You’ll get 1,800 hours of placement experience, working with animals in RCVS-approved veterinary training practices. In the classroom you’ll also get a grounding in scientific theory, with a particular focus on animal behaviour and welfare.

Your choice of modules will affect the material you cover. By choosing certain modules you’ll be on your way towards qualifying for the academic part of the new Pet Behaviour Counselling Award.

You'll study at University Centre West Anglia in Milton, Cambridge, attending around 12 hours of classes per week across two semesters per year.

You should have an interest in the health and welfare of animals, and a good communicator who enjoys working as part of a team. You should also have a clear understanding of the range of practical work done in veterinary practices, so it would be helpful if you did some relevant work experience before applying.


Veterinary nursing is a rewarding career with lots of opportunities for to work independently or for specialising. As veterinary nurses continue to take on more responsibilities, they’re becoming more in demand and so employment prospects are very good.

Our course provides the skills you need to register as an RCVS veterinary nurse. It also includes 1,800 hours of practice placement in an RCVS-approved veterinary training practice, so you’ll have fantastic experience to show to potential employers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles and Practice of Veterinary Nursing
  • Work Based Learning l: Companion Animal Handling, Husbandry and Welfare for Veterinary Nursing 
  • Preparing for Practice Placement
  • Veterinary Nursing Within the Surgical Environment
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Behaviour

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 80 UCAS tariff points including Biological Science A level at C or above, or an equivalent level 3 qualification.
  • 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English, maths and science. Functional skills qualification in English and Maths at level 2 are considered equivalent.
  • A minimum of 4 weeks of relevant work experience (2 in an animal care environment and 2 in a veterinary nursing practice). You and your supervisor will be asked to complete a work experience feedback form to evidence this.
  • to include at least one A Level in a Science subject (at Grade C or above).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13900 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 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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