Veterinary nursing apprentice

Veterinary Nurse

Learners can gain a Veterinary Nurse level 3 Apprenticeship Standard. This course would suit you if you are keen to learn all areas of veterinary nursing including anatomy & physiology, general nursing & communication, medicines, surgery & support, anaesthesia and diagnostic imaging.

Veterinary Nursing learners must be employed at a practice registered with the RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) to take trainees. We strongly recommend that all students work at a veterinary practice for a minimum of 6 months prior to enrolment. A structured programme of day release classes is provided over the three year programme, covering theory for the Level 3 Diploma and standard requirements. A learner must have achieved 5 GCSE’s at grade 4-9 to include maths, English language and science at the time of application. Functional skills level 2 is acceptable. Certificates must be provided to prove this. A learner must be working alongside a clinical coach in the practice for a minimum of 2 days per week.

Qualifications and skills, knowledge and behaviours

Examples of units for level 3
+ Operational requirements in small animal practice
+ Professional relationship and communication
+ Functional anatomy & physiology
+ Care for hospitalised small animals
+ Diagnostic imaging
+ Practical monitoring of anaesthesia
+ Emergency and critical care
+ Professionalism and ethics

What qualifications will I get?

Level 3 apprenticeship standard in Veterinary Nursing

How will I be assessed?

Students will complete a series of assessments as part of the programme. Externally set examinations are completed at the end of each year, including a number of practical assessments in the final year. In addition, the employer will provide the student veterinary nurse with a Clinical Coach in the work place to support assessment of the occupational standards.

What are the entry requirements?

Minimum qualifications: GCSE grades at 4 or above to include English Language, Science, Mathematics plus two others (or equivalent).

**Students must have secured employment within a vets for a minimum of 4 days per week**

What is the entry process?

This is a unique qualification in that it requires you to have a job in a veterinary practice before you are eligible to undertake the training. DART will arrange for you to have an interview/initial assessment – please bring a copy of your GCSE certificates or equivalents if you have already secured a job. Unfortunately we are unable to help you find a placement.

What else do I need to know?

The Central Qualifications course is a 2 year, 2 term part time college course; college attendance will be one day per week. At least four days per week will be spent in a veterinary practice.

What can I do after this training course?

Career opportunities include Small Animal Veterinary Nursing, specialising in nutritional advice, consultations, surgical or medical nursing, practice management etc. Other routes may include working in related areas such as sales representatives, charity shelter management or teaching.

Part time (distance learning) study leading to the Foundation/BSc(Hons) Degree in Veterinary Nursing or Nursing Diplomas may be undertaken whilst maintaining your position in veterinary practice.

Got a question about this course?

Email us on or call us on 01332 216640 or Bottle Green Training on 01332 862444 or Abbeydale Vetlink on 01600 737040

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