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L3 Veterinary (Small Animals) Level 3 | Diploma in Veterinary Nursing

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This course is suited to mature students who aspire to gain a registered professional qualification in a highly competitive, demanding industry. Ideal candidates should have substantial experience in the veterinary and animal care/welfare industry, with a keen interest in animal science and 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). Topics covered include:

  • 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

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 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.

Maths & 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 1800 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 fulfill the programme.

What can I do next?

On completion of the qualification and 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 becoming a qualified veterinary nurse within a small practice or a large veterinary hospital.

With further training, other opportunities will become available, including as a veterinary nurse team leader or practice manager, or in research, teaching or rehabilitation (e.g. physiotherapy or hydrotherapy).

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Course information last updated: Friday 3rd April 2020 @ 7.30am (21 minutes ago)

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AvailabilityCourses start at various times throughout the year. If you can't see a suitable date, please contact our
Customer experience team 0800 0567 253.

9th Sep 2019 - 24th Jun 2022
9th Sep 2019 - 24th Jun 2022
Filton CampusTBC12:00am - 12:00am
12:00am - 12:00am
Filton Campus
9th Sep 2019 - 30th Jun 2022
9th Sep 2019 - 30th Jun 2022
Filton CampusMonday, 9:15am - 5:15pm
9:15am - 5:15pm
Filton Campus

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