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

Undergraduate, Part-time

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

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


Upgrade your veterinary nurse qualification to degree level on this flexible course designed to fit around your existing work commitments and career aspirations.

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.

It is important to note that our Veterinary Nursing content is currently under review. Should you require any further information or clarification please do not hesitate to contact Clare Taylor, Programme Leader on with ‘Veterinary Nursing Content Enquiry' as the subject. Thank you and please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Female vet nursing student on a farm, leading a bull

Mode of Study:

Part-time (available as full-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 degree level. You'll gain graduate skills that can improve your veterinary nursing practice as well as your 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

    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

    The course includes 48-60 weeks of work placement in a veterinary practice

  • study abroad Study abroad

    Erasmus programme: one or two trimesters study abroad with a European partner Higher Education Institution

    Overseas International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP) exchanges (with delayed graduation)

    Summer of 3rd year provides an opportunity to undertake a work-based learning module 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, 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 6.5. 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 *£305 tba
England Wales and Northern Ireland *£1,157 tba
Overseas *£2,141 tba

Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
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