BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing

Undergraduate, Full-time

Veterinary Nursing BSc (Hons)



Accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, this degree enables you to register and start work upon graduation.

Overview

Registered Veterinary Nurses are currently in short supply, with employment opportunities expanding across the UK industry.

Veterinary nurses play a vital role in promoting animal welfare by caring for sick, injured and hospitalised animals. As a veterinary nurse each day will be varied, busy and challenging, but ultimately they will all be extremely rewarding – nothing can top the knowledge that a sick animal has been nursed back to good health down to you. So get your career off to the right start by enrolling onto our Veterinary Nursing degree programme today.

Why Edinburgh Napier University?

Our course is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, allowing you to register as a vet nurse as soon as you graduate and begin working straight away. In fact, 100% of our graduates from 2017 were in work/study within six months of graduation.

A main focus of the course is to build our students’ professional experience to prepare them for the workplace: this is why our students will spend up to 60 weeks on placement in some of the most prestigious veterinary establishments throughout the United Kingdom.

With the clinical skills gained from professional experience, as well as theoretical skills learned throughout the degree programme, our students have an excellent grounding in all skills required for registration as a Vet Nurse.

Should you require any further information do not hesitate to contact vetnursingapplication@napier.ac.uk with ‘Veterinary Nursing Content Enquiry' as the subject. 



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Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

4 years

Start date:

Sep

UCAS code:

D310

Placement:

Yes

Study Abroad:

Yes


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Course details

This course gives you the knowledge, skills and attributes of a graduate level veterinary nurse, as well as the professional registration required to practice in the UK. Due to the vocational nature of the course, the content will be split between practical work (essential to gain necessary practical experience to become a fully qualified vet nurse) and learning the theoretical knowledge required to obtain a degree. With these qualifications you will quickly gain employment as a veterinary nurse and will enjoy accelerated promotion prospects. 

We work in partnership with the College of Animal Welfare (CAW) so we can place students in practical placements in some of the most prestigious veterinary nursing practices across Scotland, for between 48-60 weeks.

Thanks to our partnership with CAW we can also place students in practical placements throughout the rest of the United Kingdom and Channel Islands. This means that, if you want to, you can spend half of your time in Edinburgh – the culture capital of Scotland – and the other half closer to home.

Lead Academics

Dr Clare Taylor Is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Applied Sciences and Programme Leader for Veterinary Nursing. Clare is passionate about engaging people with research, especially on topics related to vaccination and antibiotic resistance. She has performed on these topics at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

Within School of Applied Sciences Clare is also Head of Equality and Inclusion, and works with colleagues across the School and University to develop and enhance Equality and Inclusion for both students and staff. 

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    • Lectures
    • Tutorials
    • Practical Coaching Sessions
    • Practical Placement
    • Group Work
    • Online Modules
    • Trips/ Visits
    • Expert Guest Speakers
  • note and pen Assessments

    30% exams, 30% course work, 20% Practice placement, 20% Practical Exams/Skills

  • briefcase Work placement

    48-60 weeks of work placement in a veterinary practice

    Travel costs

    Note that this off-campus placement is an essential part of the course. Help in finding a placement can be given but opportunities may require you to travel to and from the Practice and travel costs will need to be met by the student. You can apply for a bursary but this is not offered to all students. 

    Travel costs vary, but you can apply for placements anywhere in the UK, to keep this cost to a minimum. 


  • study abroad Study abroad

    Summer of 3rd year provides an opportunity to undertake a work-based learning module abroad if you take the optional module 'Workplace Professional Development'.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology 
  • Principles of Small Animal Care
  • Foundations of Veterinary Nursing Theory
  • Veterinary Pathology
  • Anthrozoology
  • Application of Small Animal Care
  • Veterinary Nursing Practice 1

Year 2

  • Veterinary Practice 2
  • Diagnostics for Veterinary Nurses
  • Veterinary Theatre Nursing and Anaesthesia 
  • Option: Wildlife Care and Conflict or Equine Science
  • Veterinary Practice 3a
  • Veterinary Care of Exotic Species

Year 3

  • Animal Welfare Science
  • Veterinary and Scientific Ethics
  • Option: Clinical Nutrition and Pharmacology or Supporting the Supply of Veterinary Medicines (Suitably Qualified Persons)
  • Veterinary Nursing Practice Placement 3b
  • Option: Vet Nursing Practice 4 or Workplace Professional Development

Year 4

  • Specialised Veterinary Nursing
  • Emergency & Critical Care for Veterinary Nurses
  • Applied Animal Behaviour for Veterinary Nurses
  • Veterinary Nursing Honours Project


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Disclaimer

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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and 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.

Advanced entry is unavailable for this programme. This is because all Veterinary Nursing students must sit RCVS accredited and mapped modules throughout the programme including Year 1. 


Non-academic conditions

It is ESSENTIAL that all applicants demonstrate in their personal statement evidence of a minimum of 4 weeks' full-time relevant work experience. This means practical experience working with animals within a veterinary practice. This experience MUST have been completed prior to submitting an application.

Work within any of the following environments would also add strength to an application but cannot be accepted instead of experience in a veterinary practice: a zoo, kennels, catteries, farms, wildlife centres or stables.

Please note that applicants will also be expected to have had a tetanus vaccination and will be asked to show evidence of this.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement

Grades BBBB required, to include one of Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or Physics and a Literary subject*

National 5 grade C in Maths, English, and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics also required.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement

BBCC required, to include one of Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or Physics and a Literary subject* at grade C

National 5 grade C in Maths, English, and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics also required.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

Grades BCC required, to include Biology, Chemistry or Physics and preferably a Literary subject*

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths, English, and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Applied Sciences or Double Award Science at grades CC/4 required.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

Grades B1, B1, B3, B3 at Higher Level, to include Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or Physics and a Literary subject*

Grade C2 at Ordinary Level in English, Maths, and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics also required.

New Grading System:

Grades H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level, to include Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or Physics and a Literary subject*

Grade O4 at Ordinary Level in English, Maths, and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths, English, and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Double Award Science at grades C/4 required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 including a Science** at minimum grade 5 and a Literary subject* at minimum grade 4

4 points in SL Maths, English, and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

European Baccalaureate

Pass at 70% or above with grade 7 in three subjects including Science** and a Literary subject*

Gain Grade 6 in English, Maths, and one of Biology or Chemistry or Physics also required.

HNC

Pass HNC in Animal Care, Animal Nursing, Applied Science, Equine Care, Equine Studies, Agriculture, Countryside and Environmental Management,
Applied Biological Sciences or Health Sciences with B in the graded unit considered for year 1 entry

National 5 C in Maths, English, and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics also required.

HND

Pass HND in Animal Care, Animal Nursing, Applied Science, Equine Care, Equine Studies, Agriculture, Countryside and Environmental Management,
Applied Biological Sciences or Health Sciences with BB in the graded units considered for year 1 entry

National 5 C in Maths, English, and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics also required.

Subjects required

*English/ English Literature, History, Modern Studies, RMPS/Theology, Psychology or Geography.

**Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

English Language

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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2019/20 2020/21
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,250 £9,250
Overseas £12,845 £13,360
RUK Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.
Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships
If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

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Once graduated, career opportunities in the veterinary nursing industry could include:

  • Small animal practices
  • Mixed practices
  • Equine practices
  • Farm / livestock environments
  • Wild animal environments
  • Wildlife conservation

Other opportunities include:

  • University teaching roles 
  • Practice managers 
  • Postgraduate study
  • Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies 
  • Glasgow University Veterinary School


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