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Veterinary Nursing, Graduate Diploma

  • Application Deadline
  • 28 months
University rank #401 (WUR) Online
The RVC Graduate Diploma in Professional and Clinical Veterinary Nursing is a unique distance-learning advanced veterinary nursing diploma for practising registered veterinary nurses.
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If you are currently employed in practice and looking to study from home, the Diploma will help you to develop valuable knowledge and skills to take you to the next level of your career.

The Diploma is managed and taught by leading veterinary professionals who are recognised by employers both within the UK and internationally. We focus on developing critical thinking, using both theory and its practical application, enabling you to become better equipped to care for your patients.

Our students come from a wide range of veterinary practices around the world. Whether you work in a first-opinion practice, a charity clinic or a large specialist referral practice, you will all share an ambition to excel in the veterinary field and a desire to improve animal health and welfare.

We welcome applications from individuals with the dedication to commit to the course and progress the professional role of the vet nurse in the veterinary profession. You will need a high level of motivation and, in return, we promise a rich and rewarding experience during your time with us.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 28 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

During the programme you will:

  • Benefit from exposure to some of the best clinical specialists in the UK
  • Join a network of like-minded individuals all striving to enhance the professional status of the veterinary nurse
  • Become better equipped to influence the health of animal patients within your care
  • Learn to apply new solutions and approaches to often complex problems at work
  • Have the potential to publish work developed as part of your course studies (see Published papers of previous students)
  • Develop an appetite for lifelong learning.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

We ask that potential students:

  • Hold a Veterinary Nursing Certificate awarded by the RCVS and be on the current RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses (or hold a recognised accredited overseas equivalent professional qualification/status*)
  • Normally have a minimum of one year post-qualification clinical experience,
  • Be employed in, or have agreed access to placement in a suitable** veterinary clinical environment,
  • Have the support of their employing/supervising veterinary practice, who will be required to allow time and access for training and assessment activities.
  • Students will require a computer with broadband internet access.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7630 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7630 GBP per year and a duration of 28 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6090 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6090 GBP per year and a duration of 28 months.
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