BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing

Undergraduate, Full-time

Veterinary Nursing BSc (Hons)



Edinburgh Napier offers the longest-running vet nursing degree programme available in Scotland

Overview

Registered veterinary nurses are currently in short supply. So get your career in caring for animals off to a great start by enrolling on our programme. You will be eligible to register as a vet nurse with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as soon as you graduate – so you can start working straightaway. 

Our internationally recognised course provides an excellent grounding in all of the professional skills required for registration, as well as providing you with additional skills and specialisms culminating in your own scientific research project.

Vet Nursing students in animal handling class with a Husky dog

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 practise in the UK.  You will get an opportunity to spend up to 60 weeks in veterinary practice, often in some of the most prestigious veterinary establishments in Scotland. With these qualifications you will quickly gain employment as a veterinary nurse and will enjoy accelerated promotion prospects. 

We work with the College of Animal Welfare so we can place students in practice placements throughout the United Kingdom and Channel Islands. This means that, if you want to, you can spend half your time in Edinburgh, the cultural capital of Scotland, and the other half closer to home.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    Lectures, tutorials, practical coaching sessions, group work, online modules, visits, guest expert speakers

  • note and pen Assessments 30% exams, 30% course work, 20% Practice placement, 20% practical
  • briefcase Work placement

    48-60 weeks of work placement in a veterinary practice

  • study abroad Study abroad ERASMUS 1 or 2 trimesters study abroad with a European partner Higher Education Institution

    Overseas ISEP Exchanges (with delayed graduation)

    Summer of 3rd year provides an opportunity to undertake a work-based learning module abroad

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Veterinary anatomy and physiology 
  • Principles of small animal care
  • Foundations of veterinary nursing theory
  • Veterinary science in action
  • Diagnostics for Veterinary Nurses
  • Veterinary Nutrition and Pharmacology Anthrozoology

Year 2

  • Veterinary pathology
  • Veterinary and Scientific Ethics
  • Application of small animal veterinary nursing care
  • Veterinary theatre nursing and anaesthesia  Wildlife Care and Conflict

Year 3

  • Veterinary nursing practice
  • Veterinary nursing care of exotic Species (online)
  • Practical Skills in Veterinary Nursing
  • Animal Welfare Science
  • Workplace Professional Development: Option Nurse Clinics and Client Engagement or Equine Science

Year 4

  • Specialised Veterinary Nursing
  • Emergency & Critical Care for Veterinary Nurses (online)
  • Applied Animal Behaviour
  • 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 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.

Non-academic conditions

It is ESSENTIAL that all applicants demonstrate in their personal statement evidence of a minimum of 4 weeks' 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

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

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

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

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

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

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. For further information see our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

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

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths, English, and one of Biology or Chemistry or Physics 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 or Human Biology or Chemistry or Physics and a Literary subject*

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

New Grading System:

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

Grade O4 at Ordinary Level in English, Maths, and one of Biology or 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 or Chemistry or 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 or 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 or Applied Science or Equine Care or Equine Studies or Animal Nursing with B in the graded unit considered for year 1 entry.

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

HND

Pass HND in Animal Care or Applied Science or Equine Care or Equine Studies or Animal Nursing with BB in the graded units considered for year 1 entry.

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

Subjects required

*Literary subjects: English/English Literature, History, Modern Studies, Religious, Moral & Philosophical Studies/Theology, Psychology, Geography

^Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Minimum year 2

Advanced entry unavailable for this programme. This is because all Veterinary Nursing students must sit RCVS accredited and mapped modules throughout the programme including Year 1. Entry to year 2 or year 3 may be possible if an applicant has completed a Foundation degree in Veterinary Nursing. Please note availability will be limited.

Minimum year 3

Advanced entry unavailable for this programme. This is because all Veterinary Nursing students must sit RCVS accredited and mapped modules throughout the programme including Year 1. Entry to year 2 or year 3 may be possible if an applicant has completed a Foundation degree in Veterinary Nursing. Please note availability will be limited.

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 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £12,350 tba
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.


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

Female vet nursing student on a farm,  leading a horse

Career opportunities include:

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


Vet Nurse Ellie Tappenden with Cooper the dog