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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.

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    Clinical practice placements at veterinary practices will be arranged for you throughout the programme – in your UK location of choice where possible.


    Study additional modules in subjects such as exotics, wildlife, applied animal behaviour and animal welfare science, to either specialise in your career or progress to postgraduate study.


    As the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons accredits our programme directly, graduates can apply to join its Register of Veterinary Nurses without having to pass any more assessments.


    Our Veterinary Nursing programme
    includes a mixture of lectures, tutorials and
    practical classes, most of which take place
    at our Sighthill Campus. Some practical
    classes may be held off-campus by
    necessity – for example, the handling
    and husbandry of large animals and exotics.

    So you’ll get both a change of scene and an
    insight into the wider industry landscape
    Then there’s the time you’ll spend on
    placement, getting used to the kind of
    facilities, equipment and procedures found
    in a typical veterinary practice. Your total
    weeks will be split across various types of
    animal care provider, helping you to decide
    where you might like to begin your career.
    Careers svg icon CAREERS
    • Veterinary Practice Manager
    • Animal Nutritionist
    • Animal Welfare Inspector
    • Game Keeper
    • Animal Charity Worker
    • Registered Veterinary Nurse
    • Postgraduate Study
    • University Lecturer
    • Wildlife Veterinary Nurse
    • Veterinary Nursing Coach
    • Specialist Diet Sales Representative
    • Laboratory Animal Technician
    • Animal Rescue Officer
    • Charity Management
    Placements svg icon PLACEMENTS

    Enjoy being out and about? Then this programme could be for you. To get you work-ready, you’ll spend 48 to 60 weeks altogether on clinical practice placements. Don’t worry, we arrange these for you – with the likes of pet care providers Vets Now and Braid Vets Hospital, and veterinary charity PDSA.

    Study Abroad svg icon STUDY ABROAD

    There are various opportunities for studying abroad with this course, in the past, some of our students have been:

    1.Working with rhinos in South Africa
    2.Working with street dogs on the coast of Portugal
    3.Veterinary nursing in Kerala in the south of India
    4. Veterinary nursing in the Republic of Ireland
    5. Veterinary nursing in Norway