This course has been designed to fit around your existing work commitments. You'll gain direct entry to the appropriate level of a full or part-time veterinary nursing degree, depending on your qualifications.
You’ll learn from a combination of class-based and work-based study to give you the graduate level skills to further your veterinary nursing career. You'll develop your existing veterinary nursing skills including critical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills. You'll also gain good academic study, research and writing skills.
The School of Life Science, Sport and Social Science is one of the largest in Scotland providing education and training to veterinary nurses, as well as other life scientists. We offer a supportive environment to encourage your personal and professional development within veterinary nursing.
You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, discussions, seminars, group work, practice placement and reflective classes.
What you'll study
- Veterinary animal science
- Veterinary pathology
- Animal behaviour
- Professional and ethical issues
- Care of wildlife
- Care of exotic species
- Emergency and critical care
- Animals in society
- Research skills
- Veterinary nursing practice elective
- Specialised veterinary nursing
- Veterinary nursing honours project
- Work-based learning
Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.
Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.
You’ll have excellent career prospects as a degree level qualified veterinary nurse.
- veterinary practice management
- teaching in further and higher education
- animal welfare organisations
- pharmaceutical industry
- veterinary publishing
- veterinary nutrition
To apply, you will need to be registered to practice as a Veterinary Nurse / Veterinary Technician in your country of residence.
In order to be eligible you will need either one of the following qualifications or an equivalent:
- HND Veterinary Nursing (including RCVS VN certificate) with B in the graded unit
- Foundation Degree Veterinary Nursing (including RCVS VN Certificate)
English Language Requirements
If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test. The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS of 7.0 or above and with no element lower than 7.0. This is in accordance with Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) regulations and no other English Language tests will be accepted.
This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.
Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students.Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.
If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.
Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol on our nursing courses (except Veterinary Nursing).
We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.
Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.