Level 3 Apprenticeship

Veterinary Nursing

Our Level 3 Veterinary Nursing course is an Apprenticeship; meaning our students are employed and working in practice for 30+hours each week, with day release to College throughout the duration of their course.

The Level 3 qualification is essential to become a 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?

Year 1

  • 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

Year 2

  • 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.

How long will it take?

  • 2 – 2 and a half years, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, to include English Language, Maths and Science, or suitable equivalents (for example, our Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants may substitute the Science GCSE, while Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English would be suitable in lieu of GCSEs in these subjects).
  • Suitable placement as an apprentice Student Veterinary Nurse in an RCVS Approved Training Practice, or one which is seeking approval.

What qualifications will I gain?

  • Level 3 Apprenticeship in Veterinary Nursing
  • Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) for Companion Animals

Course options after this programme

  • Progress onto the Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing
  • Complete further training in areas of interest, such as Emergency and Critical Care

Career options

  • Work as a Registered Veterinary Nurse
  • Become a Head Veterinary Nurse or Practice Manager
  • Pharmaceutical Rep
  • Teach Veterinary Nursing or support Student Veterinary Nurses in Practice as a Clinical Coach
  • Work abroad as a Veterinary Nurse

Student Profile
Caroline Lynch

Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing Registered Veterinary Nurse, Northwich Vets

“I originally worked as long haul Cabin Crew but once I had my whippet Norman I didn’t want to be away from home so much and decided on a career change. As I’m passionate about animals, veterinary nursing seemed like the perfect vocation. I did work experience between flights and loved every minute!

“Although I was a mature student I soon settled in at Reaseheath and the lecturers were all really lovely. The course was really informative and well planned out and I loved how I could put the theory I had learned into practice during my placement.”