Level 3 Diploma
We’re delighted to offer the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) regulated course, awarded by Central Qualifications, which follows on from our Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants.
The Level 3 qualification is essential to become an RCVS registered veterinary nurse. You’ll be supported in developing vital clinical and employability skills in a real life setting, in preparation for the responsibilities and accountability of being a registered veterinary nurse.
What will I study?
- Understanding the operational requirements of a vet practice
- Infection control
- Understanding the essentials of vet nursing care for hospitalised animals
- Comparative functional anatomy
- Applied animal welfare, health and husbandry for vet nurses
- Professional relationships and communication for vet nursing practice
- Essentials of practical nursing care for hospitalised animals
- Veterinary nursing support of diagnostic imaging
- Supporting veterinary operating theatre practice
- Principles of supportive veterinary anaesthesia
- Lab diagnostics
- Supply of vet medicines
- Vet support for small animals
- Principles of peri-operative nursing support for small animals
- Principles of emergency and critical care
- Professional registration
- Practical monitoring small animal anaesthesia
- Practical peri-operative support
- Practical nursing support
How long will it take?
- 2 and a half years, full-time (7 terms)
What qualifications do I need to start?
- At least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English, Maths and Science, or
- Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants with Functional Skills in English and Maths
- Placement at an RCVS approved training practice or one which is seeking approval
What qualifications will I gain?
- Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing
Course options after this programme
- Progress onto the Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing
- RCVS Registered Veterinary Nurse. With experience you could lead teams of more junior nurses and nursing assistants and you could organise nursing clinics
Securing a placement
For some useful tips on finding a placement read our 20 step guide to securing a veterinary practice placement here.
How much will this course cost?
If you are under 19 on 31st August 2018 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.
You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.
For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.
We are able to offer the Level 3 Veterinary Nursing Diploma as an Apprenticeship, should your practice wish to sponsor you. Please click here to apply for the apprenticeship.
Our college buses pick up over 1,400 students each day from a wide area. From September 2018 all college bus routes to Reaseheath will be FREE. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.
How do I apply?
Frequently Asked Questions
You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.