Level 3 Diploma

Veterinary Nursing

We’re delighted to offer the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) regulated course, awarded by City & Guilds, 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 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

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.”