What will I learn?
The programme has a firm science foundation, including the specialist nursing, behaviour and research skills needed to develop industry-relevant knowledge. You will also gain valuable industry insight through visits, guest speakers and work placements.
You will learn through a combination of lectures, laboratory sessions, practical work in veterinary practice along with guided and independent work. You will have the opportunity (subject to demand) to participate in animal training and behaviour and large animal handling. A study tour is also available to South Africa or Costa Rica in the third year of the programme.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is through a combination of coursework, including laboratory investigations, assignments and presentations and, for the elements of the Professional Syllabus, closed book examinations. Whilst on placement you will also complete a Nursing Progress Log to evidence practical competencies and on your return to college you will undertake a practical clinical examination.
Where can I go from here?
After successfully completing the course and 1,800 hours of work placement, you can register as a Veterinary Nurse (subject to ‘fitness to practice’ guidelines of the RCVS). You could also continue study on the final year of a relevant BSc (Hons) programme such as the BSc (Hons) Animal Management, BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour or BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology Top-ups offered at University Centre Sparsholt.
Sparsholt graduates are employed in small animal practice, equine practice and referral hospitals and have the skills needed to work in research, the pharmaceutical industry, laboratories, zoological/wildlife parks and in education.
• Functional Anatomy
• Analytical and Diagnostic Techniques
• Animal Husbandry, Inheritance and Disease
• Practice Organisation and Personal Development Planning
• Principles of Veterinary Nursing
• Work Practice 1a
• Surgical Theatre Practice and Anaesthesia
• Applied Industrial Research
• Diagnostic Imaging
• Application of Veterinary Nursing Care
• Animal Behaviour
• Recent Advances in Animal Health
• Veterinary Nursing Work Practice
- A Level – Three A Level passes, including two at grade C or above one of which should be in a life science
- BTEC National Ext. Diploma – DMM
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical Ext. Diploma (1080) – DMM in an appropriate pathway
- BTEC National Diploma – N/A
- City & Guilds Advaned Technical Diploma – N/A
- Access to HE – A Merit profile in a relevant Access course with 45 credits at Level 3 with Science units at Merit
- International Baccalaureate – 25 points with HL Biology at 4. Good grades in MYP English, Maths, and Science
- *Plus five GCSEs at C/4 or above, including Maths, English and Science
- *Two weeks’ work experience in a Veterinary Surgery
Fitness to practice
Applicants for registration must demonstrate their fitness to practice through their conduct, health and performance. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nurses 2012 details the ‘fitness to practice’ requirements for Veterinary Nurses. Professional Responsibilities 3.1 states that Veterinary Nurses must take reasonable steps to address adverse physical or mental health or performance that could impair fitness to practice; or, that results in harm, or a risk of harm, to animal health or welfare, public health or the public interest.
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