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Veterinary Nursing, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #401 (WUR) London, United Kingdom
The BSc Veterinary Nursing programme is a full-time four-year course incorporating the Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing. It is fully accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and leads to registration with the RCVS.
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Veterinary nurses work alongside veterinary surgeons in order to provide a high standard of care for animals. They normally work within a veterinary surgery or veterinary hospital and are involved in a wide range of care and treatment, including:

  • Providing skilled supportive care for sick animals
  • Undertaking minor surgery
  • Monitoring during anaesthesia
  • Medical treatments and diagnostic tests under veterinary supervision
  • Educating owners on good standards of animal care.

The BSc Veterinary Nursing programme is a full-time four-year course incorporating the Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing. It is fully accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and leads to registration with the RCVS.

The programme is taught at the Hertfordshire campus of the RVC, University of London, with external placements at veterinary practices. You will complete 60 weeks of practical training within the first three foundation years of the programme, at the end of which (providing you have met the assessment requirements), you will achieve your professional veterinary nursing qualification.

During your final year you will hone your research techniques and choose from a range of cutting-edge modules taught by RVC nurse educators and world-renowned clinicians from the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals. You will also have the option of completing your practical experience at a wider range of facilities including: wild animal environments, behavioural centres, equine practices, exotic practices and other referral centres. In addition, you will undertake a research project on an area of clinical interest of your choice.

The programme is run in partnership with the College of Animal Welfare - a leading provider of vet nursing courses – and leads to a BSc degree of the University of London. You will therefore enjoy the best of both worlds: a strong practical training in essential vet nursing skills underpinned by the academic excellence of the RVC.

Our students come from many different schools, backgrounds and countries, all sharing common goals: a strong ambition to succeed in the veterinary field and a desire to improve animal health and welfare.

We welcome applications from individuals with great potential and those with the dedication to commit to the course and succeed in the veterinary profession. We demand high levels of motivation and, in return, promise a rich and rewarding experience during your time with us.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

During the programme you will learn, among other things:

  • To understand the healthy and sick animal, and the role that nursing plays
  • To function as an equal intellectual partner in a veterinary team
  • To be adaptable and thus able to perform a variety of roles in practice and beyond
  • To be a lifelong learner – an essential attribute in a rapidly changing world.

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General Requirements

To apply for the BSc in Veterinary Nursing you will need to have prior work experience in order to have developed animal handling skills and obtained an insight into the work of veterinary nurses. Before you apply, you must have completed the minimum requirements:

  • A total of two weeks of work experience (paid or voluntary) in one or more small animal or mixed veterinary practices
  • A total of two weeks in a variety of different animal environments (outside of your home environment).
Grade B in Biology (or Human Biology) required, in addition to two other subjects at grades CD.Two AS-levels at relevant grades would be accepted in place of one of the further A-levels.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    36060 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36060 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    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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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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