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Veterinary Nursing Level 3 Diploma

This course is suitable for those who wish to qualify as a veterinary nurse whilst in secure employment within a registered training practice. You will be allocated a clinical coach that will support and assess you in the completion of your Nursing Practical Log. The course also prepares veterinary nurses for professional registration with the RCVS. You will be attending college one day per week. Some units will be taught by our qualified veterinary surgeon Sarah Ward.

We are currently confirming times and dates for this course. Please register your interest below or contact us for more information.

What topics are covered?

The following units will be covered:

    • Understand operational requirements and Professional relationships and communication.
    • Comparative Anatomy and Physiology.
    • Applied animal welfare, health and husbandry.
    • Infection control.
    • Essentials of practical care for hospitalised animals.
    • Supporting the supply of veterinary medicines.
    • Support for diagnostic imaging.
    • Support for laboratory diagnostics.
    • Supporting veterinary operating theatre practice.
    • Understanding the essentials of care for hospitalised animals.
    • Principles of supporting veterinary anaesthesia.
    • Preparing for veterinary registration.
    • Principles of peri-operative support for small animals.
    • Principles of support for small animal patients.
    • Principles of small animal emergency and critical care.
    • Practical monitoring of small animal veterinary anaesthesia.
    • Practical peri-operative support for small animals.
    • Practical support for small animal patients.


Learners must complete all of the following:

      • online multiple choice written papers.
      • Centre based assignments and exams
      • The Nursing Progress log (on line) and an Objective Structured Clinical Assessment (OSCE) practical exam.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is aimed at those who meet the criteria to become a professional registered veterinary nurse. You should demonstrate a passion for small animal health and welfare and possess a positive and proactive attitude to achieving your very best.

What are the entry requirements?

5 GCSEs graded A*- C, 4 or above (including Maths, English Language and Science), plus employment. An interview is required. We will accept a VCA qualification as a science, but it must be at distinction. However, you will still need to have a total of five GCSEs.

What qualifications will I gain?

This qualification is required by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

Who is the awarding body?

City & Guilds

Who will be my tutor?

Sarah Ward and Olivia Phillips

How will I learn?

You will learn through a variety of methods: Theoretical knowledge is delivered in college by use of lectures, workbooks, videos, research, socrative tests and specialist external lectures. Practical elements integral to the units are supported by practical sessions and additional block sessions throughout the two years. Practical skills are delivered in the workplace with support from Registered Veterinary Nurses and the Veterinary team. A clinical coach will be assigned to the student who will work with the student to teach them their practice protocols. Practices must be Training Practices, which are audited by Bath College Primary Centre staff.

At Bath College we hold individual mock exams to ensure that you are ready for your OSCE practical exams. Assessment in the workplace of the student and the clinical coach is carried out annually (dependent on student progress).

How will I be assessed?

Assessment in the workplace plus college day release with exams.

What can I do after this course?

You will become a Registered Veterinary Nurse with the RCVS and able to work in a variety of establishments within the veterinary sector.

How much does this course cost?

This Level 3 Veterinary Nursing Diploma costs £11356.

Are there any additional costs?

Learners are required to purchase a selection of text books. Your tutor will advise you at the start of the course.

What facilities are available?

A dedicated Veterinary Nursing Unit, for delivery of both the theoretical and practical elements of the programme. Animal house facilities ( in the same building) to support exotic elements of the programme and Horse World to support the delivery of equine elements of the programme

What organisations does the College work with on this course?

RCVS. ACOVENE, BVNA, BSAVA, BVA. All RCVS Approved Training Practices linked to Bath College Primary Centre.

What are the leisure and cultural activities?

BVNA Congress, Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month. Supporting Local Animal Charities.

Which department is this course in?

DHSL (Department of Hospitality, Spa Industries and Landbased)

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Cam Building at Somer Valley Campus.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring an A4 lever arch file and pens etc.

What else do I need to know?

This is a demanding course that requires commitment in your employment and at college together with private study.


To avoid disappointment, please make sure you apply for your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.

The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check here for term dates.

Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext. 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

If you are not sure which course would be right for you, we offer FREE Careers Advice to any person aged 19 or over. Our advisers can help you search for a suitable course or other learning and training opportunities.


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