This City & Guilds 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. To apply to this course applicants must be working in a RCVS approved training practice.
Individuals will attend the college over a three year period and undertake a number of modules. During the three years students will be required to attend Greenmount Campus one day per week. Modules are assessed through online multiple choice examinations, written assignments, written exams and a Nursing Progress Log (NPL). The final assessed component of the course is clinical examinations (OSCE), which are 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 and college based components of the course.
- Anatomy and physiology
- Operational requirements of a veterinary practice
- Applied animal welfare, health and husbandry
- Health and safety
- Professional relationships and communication
- Infection control
- Applied nursing of sick small animals
- Supporting the supply of veterinary medicines
- Principles of supporting veterinary anaesthesia
- Diagnostic imaging
- Veterinary nursing support for laboratory diagnostics
- Supporting veterinary operating theatre practice
- Developing professional veterinary nursing practice
- Practical monitoring of small animal anesthesia
- Applied peri-operative equine/small animal nursing
- Principles and practical veterinary nursing support for small animal patients
- Veterinary nursing support for small animal emergency and critical care
When not attending college, individuals are employed in an approved veterinary practice during which time they work on completing their Nursing Progress Log (NPL) and developing practical veterinary nursing competence.
Progression opportunities and career destinations
This course provides individuals with the opportunity to progress onto a Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing.