Our four-year honours degree is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and will give you the skills to register as a veterinary nurse when you graduate. As part of the course, you’ll get 70 weeks’ (2,450 hours) placement experience. And that means plenty of hands-on contact with animals.
Our course will prepare you for a rewarding career as a veterinary nurse, with options to work in many different places and with a wide range of animals. It’s approved by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour. When you graduate, you’ll have the skills you need to apply to register as a veterinary nurse with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
In class, you’ll get a solid grounding in scientific theory, with a focus on animal behaviour and welfare. Your choice of modules will affect the academic material you cover. By taking certain modules you’ll be on your way towards qualifying for the academic part of the new Pet Behaviour Counselling Award.
Your classes will be split between the College of West Anglia at Milton, near Cambridge, and Anglia Ruskin’s campus in the city centre. You’ll attend around 12 hours of classes per week, across two semesters per year.
You should have a genuine interest in the health and welfare of animals, and be a good communicator who enjoys working as part of a team. You should also have a clear understanding of the range of practical work done in veterinary practices, so it would be helpful if you’ve done some relevant work experience before applying.
Veterinary nursing is a rewarding career with lots of opportunities to work independently or for specialising. As veterinary nurses continue to take on more responsibilities, they’re becoming more in demand and so employment prospects are very good.
This course gives you the skills you need to register as an RCVS veterinary nurse. It also includes 70 weeks (2,450 hours) of practice placement in an RCVS-approved veterinary training practice, so you’ll have fantastic experience to show to potential employers.
As a qualified veterinary nurse, you’ll work alongside vets to look after animals – from domestic pets to farm animals. You might even work in a zoo. You’ll help provide expert care for sick animals and to prevent diseases and conditions. You’ll be able to carry out diagnostic tests, apply medical treatments and even perform minor surgical procedures under supervision.
Besides working in a veterinary practice, you could get a job in a laboratory, university, research establishment, zoo or wildlife park, pharmaceutical company, charity or kennels.
As you progress in your career, you could take on extra responsibilities like supervising other staff, looking after animal hospital wards, practice management and teaching or training other staff.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses.
Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help you and your tutors measure your progress. Beside exams, you’ll do laboratory skills tests, computer-based exercises and essays, and prepare practical and project reports.
You’ll have a total of 70 weeks (2,450 hours) of practice placement in an RCVS-approved veterinary training practice. During this time, you’ll be under continuous assessment.
To become an RCVS-registered veterinary nurse, you’ll need to take the RCVS SVN Level II and Level III external exams (in addition to any exams for your course modules). You’ll also build a portfolio of your 70 weeks’ practical experience.
The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.
For more information about tuition fees, please see our UK/EU funding pages
Please note, the estimated additional costs for this course are as follows: lab coat - £15; poster printing - £20; walking boots - £60; waterproof coat - £50; wellingtons - £25; waterproof trousers - £20.
You can pay your fees in the following ways.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
Note: the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) requires newly qualified nurses to disclose information relating to any conviction (including drugs offences) when registering. Students with these convictions may not be accepted onto the course.
Veterinary nursing applicants must clearly evidence their practical work experience in their application form. We'll expect you to have completed a minimum requirement of four weeks' work experience to be strongly evidenced in your personal statement. We recommend that this includes:
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.
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