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Start date: 01/09/2019 - SGS Filton
End date: 30/06/2021
Duration: 2 years

Day(s): Various
Course length: 2 years
Qualifications: Diploma
Code: 117805
Cost: N/A

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Course Detail

Level 3 Veterinary Nursing (Small Animals)

Full time course

This course is suited to mature students who aspire to gain a registered professional qualification in a highly competitive, demanding industry. Ideal candidate's should have substantial experience in the veterinary, animal care/welfare industry with a keen interest in animal science and have high levels of professionalism

This qualification will allow you to apply for professional registration as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

To enrol on this course you must be employed (full or part time) in a RCVS training practice as a work-based employee.

What will I study?

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Professional responsibilities and ethics
  • Infection and immunity
  • Animal handling and restraint
  • Applied animal welfare, health and husbandry
  • Nutrition and feeding
  • Nursing models and care plans
  • Diagnostic imaging and aids
  • Fluid therapy
  • Anaesthesia and analgesia

Maths and English

Opportunities to improve English and Maths are embedded within the programme.

Work experience

All learners will be supported by SGS to undertake the clinical work placement required to complete this programme. The clinical placement consists of 1,800 hours of training, within a Veterinary Practice, to meet the requirements of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, for registered veterinary nurses.

All learners will be provided with reasonable access to the clinical placements required to fulfil the programme.

What do I need to join?

In addition to the academic entry requirements, a keen interest in Veterinary Nursing or previous Animal Nursing Assistant experience would be beneficial.

How long is the course?

2 years.

How will I learn?

In addition to the academic theory you will gain from the college sessions, you will gain significant practical experience in an RCVS-approved veterinary practice, either a Training Practice (TP) or auxiliary Training Practice (aTP). This practical experience may be gained through a voluntary work placement, apprenticeship or paid employment.

What do I need to Join?

5 GCSEs at grades 4 (grade C) or above, including English Language, Mathematics and Science. For students without GCSEs, a combination of Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths and either Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants or Level 2 Animal Nursing Assistant (ANA) is required.

How will I know how I am doing?

Learners will discuss their own SMART targets with their personal tutor. In order to review progress, learners will meet regularly with their personal tutor and feedback on assessments will be provided by teaching staff and a clinical coach. Learners will also complete a record of Veterinary Nursing Training.

What can I do next?

On completion of the qualification and completing the required hours of training, you will be able to apply to join the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons' Register of Veterinary Nurses.

What are my career options?

Employment options include as a qualified Veterinary Nurse within a small practice or large veterinary hospitals.

With further training, other opportunities will become available, including as Veterinary Nurse Team Leader, Practice Manager, Research, Teaching, Rehabilitation (e.g. physiotherapy or hydrotherapy).


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Dates & Costs

Level 3 Veterinary Nursing (Small Animals)

Start date: 01/09/2019
End date: 30/06/2021
Duration: 2 years
Course length: 2 years
Time(s): 9am - 4.40pm
Qualifications: Diploma
Code: 117805

Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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01/09/2019 30/06/2021 9am - 4.40pm SGS Filton