BSc/BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing (Top Up)

Undergraduate, Full-time

Veterinary Nursing (Top Up) BSc/BSc (Hons)

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


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?

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

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

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Mode of Study:

Full-time (available as part-time)


2 years

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Course details

If you're a qualified veterinary nurse (RVN), this unique and flexible course allows you to upgrade your qualification to Honours degree level. 

You'll gain graduate skills that can improve your veterinary nursing practice, such as critical thinking and reflective practice, which from 1 January 2020 has become an integral part of ongoing CPD with the RCVS. It thereby helps improve your long-term career prospects.

We offer the longest-running veterinary nursing degree in Scotland, with excellent career prospects.

The course is delivered in collaboration with the College of Animal Welfare to give you up-to-date and in-depth knowledge of all aspects of veterinary nursing.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    Full-time is on campus via lectures, tutorials, practical coaching sessions, group work, online modules, visits, guest expert speakers

  • note and pen Assessments

    50% exams, 50% course work

  • briefcase Work placement

  • study abroad Study abroad



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.

To apply for entry into either year, you will need to be registered to practice as a Veterinary Nurse / Veterinary Technician with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the Veterinary Council of Ireland or with the appropriate Veterinary Nursing Professional body in your country of residence/Professional Practice.

In order to be eligible for year 3 entry, 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 with grade Merit (including RCVS VN Certificate)
  • RCVS Advanced Veterinary Nursing Diploma 

In order to be eligible for year 4 entry, you will need:

  • NFQ Veterinary Nursing Qualification at level 6 with grade Merit

English language requirements

As all learning, teaching and assessment activities are conducted in English, if your first language is not English you must have a minimum Internatinal English Language Testing System score of 7.00, with all four elements have a score of at least 7.0. The IELTS 7.0 is required by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) 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 2020/21 2021/22
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,250 £9,250
Overseas £13,360 tba
Students from England, Wales, and Northern Ireland starting in 2020/21 will be invoiced the 2020/21 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


Vet Nursing students in animal handling class with a cat

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