This course is designed to prepare students for careers in veterinary nursing/animal care based in veterinary practices.
The course is delivered over two years and students attend the College for a total of 22 weeks. The remainder of the time is spent employed or in a full-time placement in an approved veterinary practice.
Year 1 consists of sixteen weeks covering:
- Anatomy and physiology
- Applied animal health and husbandry
- Diagnostic imaging
- Health and safety
- Infection control
- Laboratory diagnostic aids
- Professional relationships and communication
- Theatre practice
- Veterinary nursing care
- Veterinary nursing support
Year 2 consists of six weeks covering:
- Supporting anaesthetised patients
- Applied peri-operative equine/small animal nursing
- Applied nursing of sick small animals
- Emergency and critical care of small animals
- Developing professional veterinary nursing practice
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Student View: Julie McLeister
“On leaving school I found work in a local veterinary practice in Portglenone and at the same time completed the Animal Nursing Assistant at Greenmount. It was always my ambition to become a listed veterinary nurse with RCVS. I found a placement in Firmount Veterinary Clinic in Antrim which is one of the approved training practices and I am now working towards my RCVS qualification. The course is really enjoyable, but intensive and requires a lot of work to be done at home and at the practice. The tutors are great and extremely helpful. I have made a lot of new friends.”
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