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Veterinary Nursing (Companion Animal) (Level 3 Diploma)


Course Overview

The aim of this qualification is for learners to gain the practical competence and knowledge that is relevant to the role of a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

This qualification will provide learners with the practical competence and underpinning knowledge required to join the RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses.

It has been designed to develop Veterinary Nurses that have a holistic approach to their work, a passion for making a difference to the lives of animals, and a solid understanding of their professional responsibilities.

A requirement of the professional regulator (RCVS) is that Student Veterinary Nurses must undertake substantial work-based training in approved training practices. This qualification will support the training and education of Veterinary Nurses for entry onto the RCVS register.

How is the qualification assessed?
Portfolio of evidence
Throughout the two years, you will compile a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate the practical applications of learning in the workplace.

You will complete five assignments/case studies to demonstrate knowledge and understanding; two in year one and three in year two.

Multiple choice online examinations
There are seven online examinations throughout the qualification that assess underpinning knowledge.

Year 1 Practical Skills Assessment

Year 2 VetSkill Licence to Practise Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

Once all other assessments have been passed, learners will undertake the VetSkill Licence to Practise OSCE consisting of 12 stations, each lasting 8 minutes, including 2 minutes reading and preparation time.
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    35 Weeks
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Important Message

This course may be available again from September 2021

Available Sessions

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  • Course: VetSkill Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Companion Animal)
    Campus: Limavady
    Type: Part Time
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Course Offering

  • Site location Limavady Main St
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  • Full tuition fee £ 420
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

Learners must hold 5 GCSE’s or Standard grade passes at Grade C or above in: English Language, Mathematics, a Science Subject and two further subjects. Or equivalent qualifications at Level 2 or Higher.

Additional Information

Core Modules: 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 Learners must be currently employed by an Approved Training Practice or Auxiliary Training Practice. Students are required to undertake 1800 hours in the RCVS approved training practice. • Course fee - £420 per annum £660 Exam / Reg Fee broken down and itemised as follows: • RCVS registration fee £196 • Awarding Body Reg fee £210 • Practical Exam fees £225 • On line exam fees £29 • OSCE Clinical exams at end of year 2 – students will be expected to pay for travel to England and accommodation costs


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