Full-time undergraduate (4 years with placement)
Intermediate awards: CertHE, DipHE
UCAS code: D391Apply via UCAS
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 1800 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 1800 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.
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 1800 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 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, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages
RCVS enrolment – £179
Pre-registration exam – £235
RVNs will also need to pay fees to enter the register of nursing (sometimes covered by employer) where an annual fee is also payable. More details available at: https://www.rcvs.org.uk/about-us/fees/
You will also need to pay for the nursing uniform you would wear in practice.
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.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
Students should also be aware that the RCVS requires newly qualified nurses to disclose information relating to any conviction, including drugs offences to be disclosed when registering. Therefore students with these convictions may not be accepted onto the course. However, students who have the appropriate GCSEs but may not have 88 UCAS points may be eligible for entry. Typically this would include those who are in possession of recognised RCVS qualifications. This will be assessed at interview, using portfolio evidence and employer references.
Veterinary nurse applicants must clearly evidence their practical work experience in their application form. It is expected that candidates will have completed a minimum requirement of four (4) weeks work experience to be completed or strongly evidenced within the personal statement. This is recommended to be comprised of the following: - A minimum 2 weeks work experience in a veterinary practice with at least 1 week to be spent in a small animal or mixed practice - 2 weeks in an animal environment It is expected that your practical work experience will have been completed recently (within the last 2 years) and that you submit a completed Work Experience Feedback Form completed by your supervisor along with your application.
If you are completing the work experience after you have submitted an application form, please forward the form to the Higher Education admissions department within CWA stating your full name and course applied for. If you application does NOT clearly evidence your work experience, this will be placed as a condition of entry to the course alongside academic achievement and it is your responsibility to organise this in a timely fashion. All Work Experience Feedback Forms must be received prior to the 31st of August of the year of study commencement.
Please note: EU Applicants veterinary nurses wishing to practise in the UK must be able to communicate effectively with clients, including in written and spoken English. Where there are significant doubts about an applicants language ability, s/he will be given the opportunity to provide additional evidence of their English language ability and the option of passing IELTS level 7 (or an equivalent English language qualification at the same level or higher).
EU students will need to translate their grades. UK NARIC will produce a statement of comparability.
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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