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Veterinary Nursing Level 3 Diploma

This intensive three-year Veterinary Nursing qualification is required by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to become a registered Veterinary Nurse.


To enrol on the Level 3 Veterinary Nursing Diploma you must be employed (full or part time) in a RCVS training practice as a work-based employee.

Time 09:00 - 18:00
Days Running Tuesday
Duration 40 weeks
Location City Centre Campus
Price £11356
Course Code S32VNU3-SDF1A

What topics are 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

What are the entry requirements?

5 GCSEs graded A*- C (including Maths, English and Science), plus employment. An interview is required.


You should demonstrate a passion for small animal health and welfare and possess a positive and proactive attitude to achieving your very best.

What qualifications will I gain?

Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.

Who is the awarding body?

City & Guilds

How will I learn?

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.


In college we use Socrative tests to monitor individual student progress throughout the course, three on-line Evolve exams (multiple choice questions) and a number of internally written exams and assignments.


You will be linked to an on-line nursing progress log by the RCVS and with the support of your clinical coach and veterinary team you must complete set deadlines in order to take your final practical exams. OSCE practical exams are held at the end of the second year, once all other elements are completed.


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?

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.

What can I do after this course?

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

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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