VetSkill Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Companion Animal)
This VetSkill Level 3 course is designed for those wishing to practice as a Veterinary Nurse registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Upon successful completion of the qualification an individual can complete their enrolment with the RCVS and practice as a fully Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN). To apply to this course applicants must be working in a CAFRE approved training practice.
Students will attend College over a 2 to 2 ½ year period and aim to gain full RCVS registration within 27 months. During this time students will be required to attend Greenmount campus 1 day per week. Modules are assessed through online multiple choice examinations, written assignments and an online e-portfolio of Clinical Skills. The final assessed component of the course is a clinical examination (OSCE), which is currently taken at an assessment centre in England.
Attendance at College is supported by employment in an approved veterinary practice throughout the course duration. Only when all components of the course are successfully completed are individuals eligible to join the Register of Veterinary Nurses. To become a registered veterinary nurse students must successfully complete both the clinical employed period as a student nurse and the college based components of the course.
• VN01 Professional Veterinary Nursing Responsibilities;
• VN02 Diagnostic Principles;
• VN03 Principles of Veterinary Nursing Care 1;
• VN04 Pharmacology and Dispensary Management;
• VN05 Practical Veterinary Nursing Skills 1;
• VN06 Anaesthesia and Theatre Nursing Skills;
• VN07 Life Stage Nursing Care and Support;
• VN08 Principles of Veterinary Nursing Care 2;
• VN09 Surgical Nursing and Patient Care;
• VN10 Practical Veterinary Nursing Skills 2.
Embedded within this qualification is the content required for a Student Veterinary Nurse to become a Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) for Companion Animals.
When not attending College, individuals are employed in an approved veterinary training practice during which time they work on completing their online e-portfolio of Clinical Skills and developing practical veterinary nursing competence. The course covers the cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs.
Progression opportunities and career destinations
This course provides individuals with the opportunity to progress onto a Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing.