Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #61 (ARWU) ,
This course is delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, online interactive tutorials and practical classes, which take place at both the School of Veterinary Sciences at Langford and the main University campus.


Studying a diverse range of subjects such as anatomy, physiology and pathology alongside veterinary nursing provides a broad educational base for more varied employment opportunities or further study.

Why study Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science at Bristol?

Veterinary nursing has seen a period of rapid development over the past decade and Bristol has been at the forefront in both the delivery of a flagship degree and the evolution of the profession as a whole. Bristol veterinary nursing graduates may be found in many of the specialist referral practices in the UK and a number have published work in peer-reviewed veterinary journals such as the Veterinary Record and the Journal of Small Animal Practice.

This degree is delivered within both the main Bristol campus and the veterinary school at Langford, providing a diverse learning and social environment.

Clinical nurse education is provided by veterinary professionals, many of whom are experts in their particular field. Additionally you will work within a variety of clinical environments, including first opinion and referral practices, which will enable you to gain broad clinical veterinary nursing experience. The University will make a financial contribution towards your third year placement travel costs.

As a member of the Russell Group, Bristol has a world-class reputation in the sciences, which ensures the high-quality delivery of the science element of this course.


This course is recognised by the following organisations:
  • The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) for the purpose of eligibility for registration as a veterinary nurse with that body.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • Anatomical Science 1A and 1B
  • Physiology 1
  • Principles of Animal Care and Nursing
  • Primary Nursing and Communication
  • Pre-Clinical Science
Second year
  • Medical Nursing
  • Diagnostics and Therapeutics
  • Anaesthesia and Fluid Therapy
  • Surgical Nursing and Theatre Practice
  • Veterinary Anatomy
  • Plus two of the following:
    • Neurophysiology
    • Integrative Physiology
    • Cellular and Molecular Pathology
    • Infection and Immunity
Third year
  • 42 weeks' placement in first opinion and referral practice
  • Veterinary Practice Management
Fourth year
  • Welfare and Ethics
  • Dissertation (ten-week research project)
  • Applied Surgical Nursing and Analgesia
  • Applied Medical Nursing and Anaesthesia
  • Pathological and Epidemiological Mechanisms of Disease.


The course is unique as it provides the ideal combination of clinical veterinary nursing and bioveterinary science, giving the opportunity for greater career options upon graduation.

You will have work experience within veterinary practice and an understanding of the role of the veterinary nurse both at undergraduate and professional level, as well as a realistic view of what it means to be a veterinary nurse.

Good communication skills, a logical mind, reliability and conscientiousness are required in order to solve problems, work as part of a team and develop a high standard of professional responsibility.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): BBC including Biology and Chemistry at grade B
  • IB Diploma: 29 overall to include 14 points at Higher Level with 5 in Biology and 5 in Chemistry at Higher Level
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with at least 21 credits at Distinction, including 12 in Chemistry and 9 in Biology, plus 18 credits at Merit
  • BTEC: DMM in a science or animal-related subject plus A-level Chemistry at grade B
  • SQA: SH: BBBBC and AH: BB in Biology and Chemistry
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core
  • EB: 73% overall with 8 in Biology and Chemistry
  • International qualifications: Qualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: grade B or above in Mathematics, English Language and two sciences, plus two other GCSEs at grade C or above.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    19400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19400 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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