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Veterinary Nursing, Graduate Diploma

  • Application Deadline
  • 29 months
University rank #401 (WUR) Online
The RVC Graduate Diploma in Professional and Clinical Veterinary Nursing of Royal Veterinary College 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.

Key facts:

The Graduate Diploma in Professional and Clinical Veterinary Nursing of Royal Veterinary College 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 29 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    80 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Evidence-based veterinary nursing
  • Problem solving in veterinary physiology
  • Professional studies
  • Emergency and critical care
  • Medical nursing
  • Surgical nursing

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • 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.

General Requirements

We ask that our learners:

  • Hold a Veterinary Nursing Certificate awarded by the RCVS
  • Are on the current RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses (or hold a recognised accredited overseas equivalent professional qualification/status)
  • Have a minimum of one-year post-qualification clinical experience
  • Are 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
  • Successfully complete the Contemporary Study Skills bridging short-course

You will also require access to a computer with broadband internet access.

International: Please contact the RCVS directly to apply for registration and provide a copy of their certificate with the application form.

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


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