Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone the start date of our Level 3 Veterinary Nursing apprenticeship until week commencing 2nd November 2020.

This means if you’re interested in our veterinary nursing apprenticeship but have not yet managed to secure your veterinary practice placement, you now have until November to do so and still be able to enrol on the course this academic year.

Please note, we are still unable to offer a place on our course until we have received confirmation of a suitable practice placement . Confirmed students will be supported remotely from Wednesday 2nd September until the delayed face-to-face delivery begins in November.

This will not impact on the end date of the qualification. For more information, please email veterinarynursing@reaseheath.ac.uk.

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.

We’re delighted to offer the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) regulated course, 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?

Year 1

  • Understanding the operational requirements of a veterinary practice
  • Infection control
  • Understanding the essentials of veterinary nursing care for hospitalised animals
  • Comparative functional anatomy
  • Applied animal welfare, health and husbandry for vet nurses
  • Professional relationships and communication for veterinary 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
  • Veterinary 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 Apprenticeship 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

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.”