A minimum of 112 UCAS points
Full-time: 4 years
What will I study?
This course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and clinical skills required to seek professional status as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN). Students are provided with a combination of academic study, practical and clinical skills teaching and a substantial period of clinical placement to support the application of theoretical knowledge to working practise.
Students will have regular access to the excellent range of practical facilities at University Centre Reaseheath including the clinical skills teaching areas and the wide range of animal collections including companion, farm, equine, exotic and zoo species.
Students are expected to study and complete 120 credits per year, which comprises six modules of study per academic level. All modules in years one to three are compulsory and must be passed to ensure that students acquire the fundamental knowledge and skills required to fulfil the requirements of the professional body, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Students will study three compulsory modules and have a choice of two from four options in Year 4 which will allow them to follow specialist interests.
In Year 1 (Level 4), you will develop essential underpinning knowledge and skills in aspects of animal science including anatomy, physiology, behaviour, nutrition, husbandry and welfare. You will also explore the legislative and regulatory frameworks that govern the veterinary profession and develop your communication skills. You will begin developing core clinical skills and undertake an initial block of clinical placement.
In Year 2 (Level 5), you will progress to studying specialist areas of veterinary nursing including radiography and diagnostic imaging, medical and surgical nursing and laboratory techniques. You will also complete an extended clinical placement block of 21 weeks where you will apply your knowledge to working practise and develop your competence in clinical skills.
In Year 3 (Level 5), you will extend your specialist knowledge in anaesthesiology and reflect on your practise in the light of emerging research findings. You will also complete further periods of clinical placement and continue to develop your range of clinical skills.
Competence in clinical skills is assessed through the use of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) which you will complete once you have finished all your clinical placement blocks. These normally take place at the start of Year 4.
In Year 4 (Level 6), you will be able to extend your knowledge in specialist areas through the selection of options from a choice of modules. You will also investigate current trends and emerging knowledge in the veterinary nursing sector as well as conducting your own piece of independent scientific research to demonstrate your competencies in the application of knowledge and research skills.
Year 1 (Level 4) – all modules are compulsory
- Comparative Functional Anatomy and Physiology
- Companion Animal Husbandry, Behaviour and Welfare
- Professional Practice and Communication Skills
- Veterinary Operational Standards and Legislation
- Foundation Skills in Veterinary Nursing
- Scientific Data Collection and Analysis
- Clinical Placement (6 weeks)
- A minimum of 112 tariff points from A & AS levels, including at a least a grade C in one of the following subjects: GCE A Level: Biology, Chemistry, Science, or GCE Applied A Level: Applied Science
- Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) – A minimum of grade DDM in Applied Science or Animal Care/Management
- Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) – a minimum of grade D*D* in Applied Science or Animal Care/Management
- City & Guilds Level 3 Technical Advanced Extended Diploma (1080 – first awarded in 2019) – a minimum of grade DDM in Applied Science or Animal Care/Management
- City& Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720 – first awarded in 2019) – a minimum of grade D*D* in Applied Science or Animal Care/Management
- Scottish Higher – offers tend to be in the region of BBBB, to include Biology, Chemistry, Science, or Applied Science
- Access to HE – 112 tariff points to include a minimum of 15 credits at Distinction. Course must be Science based.
- IB – A minimum score of 26, including 5 in HL Biology or HL Chemistry
- Irish Leaving Certificate – please contact the Admissions Office for more information
- A minimum of 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above, to include English Language, Maths and Science
- Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis on their prior knowledge and experience. This may be assessed by interview, completion of coursework/essay or other methods. There may be a requirement for a formal qualification to be completed first e.g. Access to HE course
Additional entry requirements
- 2 weeks work experience in a veterinary practice and 2 weeks of relevant work experience working with companion animals
- Successful shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview with a member of the Veterinary Nursing team. Decisions will be made based on interview performance, entry qualifications and acquired work experience with supporting references
As a Higher Education student you will have two main costs to meet; your tuition fees and living costs.
Our full-time tuition fees for UK and EU students, entering University, can be found on the student finance page. These fees are charged for each academic year of a course and are set by the college annually.
If you are an international student or for the latest information on tuition fees visit the student finance page on our website.
Additional costs are likely to include the purchase of required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is required for practical classes and clinical skills sessions. Students may also need to purchase clinical wear as part of their placement requirements. A full kit list is provided on request.
This programme includes significant periods of compulsory clinical placement. Students should consider the costs associated with accommodation, travel, subsistence etc that are likely to arise from this when selecting their clinical placement provider.
Students may also wish to purchase their own personal copies of recommended set-texts to assist them in their studies and to support them whilst on clinical placement. A full list of recommended texts is available prior to enrolment. It is not essential to purchase key texts as the campus library is well stocked and has multiple copies of the main texts.
- A laptop that is windows compatible
- A scientific calculator – can use mobile phones for this really
- Leaver arch files or equivalent
- USB memory stick/hard drive or cloud based digital storage space
- Protective steel toe capped boots (£20 min) for work on the zoo/equine yard
- Sensible clothing – for practical’s in the zoo. Dark coloured clothes that can be easily cleaned
- Vet nursing scrub tops (£25) purchased from the online shop
- Fob watch for practice placement – about £3-£5
- Lab coat
Prices of equipment are subject to change dependent on retailer.
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