Level 3 Diploma

Veterinary Nursing

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.

Course includes

What will I study?

Year 1

  • 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

Year 2

  • 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

Career options

  • RCVS Registered Veterinary Nurse. With experience you could lead teams of more junior nurses and nursing assistants and you could organise nursing clinics
Finding a placement

Securing a placement

For some useful tips on finding a placement read our 20 step guide to securing a veterinary practice placement here.

Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2019 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.

Transport

Our college bus service collects over 1,400 students every day from far and wide. What’s more, getting to Reaseheath is FREE* on all college bus routes. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.

Accommodation

At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for up to 1,000 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.

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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.”