Professional Development Skills
The aim of this module is to encourage the development of the student as a professional role model in practice and will enhance their skills and abilities relating to leadership, mentorship, coaching, teaching and supervision. Students will also be encouraged to enhance their employability skills, sustainability awareness and the significance of internationalisation in their chosen field of study.
Veterinary Nursing Support of Pain Management
This module will enhance the student’s knowledge regarding the physiology of pain focusing on the impact pain has on an animal. Students will also explore the concept of multi-modal analgesia and the use design, implementation and evaluation of pain scoring systems in veterinary practice in order to improve and enhance patient health and welfare.
Dissertation (Double module)
This module will enable the student to demonstrate their ability to work independently and nominate a topic of their choice that is of special personal interest and to investigate in depth this area of veterinary nursing practice. It will facilitate the development of research skills rather than the quest for new knowledge although this will be encouraged.
Veterinary Nursing of Life Limiting Conditions
This module will develop an appreciation of the ageing process and common conditions affecting geriatric animals and how these considerations affect the selection of appropriate nursing protocols for these patients. It will also address the palliative nursing care of animals suffering from life limiting illness. In addition the provision of client support will be investigated in preparing and helping the owner deal with bereavement, grief and loss.
Critical Care Veterinary Nursing
This module will cover the implementation and evaluation of the advanced nursing care of emergency surgical and critically ill medical patients, critical care procedures, patient monitoring and the legal and ethical considerations of nursing such patients. It will also cover advanced nursing procedures encountered in veterinary practice.
- Entry requirements
- Learning and assessment
- Professional accreditations
- Special requirements
Applicants must have Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing and have satisfied all the RCVS requirements to enrol as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. Applicants must also produce evidence of successfully completing a research based module at level 5.
Applicants for whom English is a second language must be able to demonstrate proof of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at level 7.0 or equivalent. The applicant must forward evidence of eligibility to the College prior to acceptance on the course.
All offers may be subject to successful interview.
Learning and assessment
Learning activities on the course are diverse, including weekly lesson delivery for each module the student is studying, and lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Students will be expected to undertake extensive independent study and research to support lectures, seminars and assessments. Group work and collaboration will form an important part of the course and the student’s personal and professional development. Students will also have access to specialist IT hardware and software where necessary to support their studies.
Students will face a variety of assessments including a combination of coursework, unseen examinations, individual presentations and practical assessments. The coursework assessment methods will include essays, reports and dissertation work.
Students will be required to attend timetabled lectures for all modules each week according to the timetable provided at the start of the year. This will include 2 days in College per week with the rest of their time allocated to independent study and time in practice to support their studies.
What work experience can I get?
The nature of the course, which embraces module outcomes from both a theoretical and clinical perspective, necessitates access to practice. Students will therefore be required to be employed in, or have agreed access to, placement in a suitable veterinary clinical environment for at least 12 weeks annually. This must be a general small practice which is able to demonstrate a minimum of RCVS Practice Standards Scheme (PSS) tier 2, Training Practice (TP) standard or referral or university hospital.
On completion of the course further academic opportunities are available including, MA, MEd, MSc, MPhil, PhD and related courses.
The course aims to provide a programme of veterinary nursing education which will enable BSc (Hons) degree holders to analyse key academic themes in the subject area and critically evaluate the wide range of management issues within different sectors of the veterinary industry, which will therefore prepare them for a successful career in the UK or overseas. The course promotes an ethos of self-development and reflection throughout the curriculum in order to foster a greater personal awareness and the confidence necessary to manage others. The course is designed with the intention that its graduates will be able to function effectively at a managerial level within the veterinary industry. Modular content emphasises the importance of career development and planning throughout.
Examples of possible careers included:
· Head Nurse in General Veterinary Practice
· Senior Surgical / Medical Nurse in specialist referral Veterinary Practice
· Lecturer/Senior Nurse in Veterinary Schools
· Technical Advisor in Pharmaceutical Companies
· Lecturer in Educational Establishments
· Consultancy in Animal Health Companies
· Managerial positions in Welfare Organisations
The BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing has been validated by the University of Central Lancashire and students must have satisfied all the RCVS requirements to enrol as a Registered Veterinary Nurse to undertake the BSc.
Access to a personal computer, the internet and a current email account is essential, recommended computer software requirements are:
· Microsoft Windows 10 (or equivalent)
· Broadband internet access
The following software is available as free downloadable software and will also be required:
· Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (2017)
· Adobe Flash Player 22.214.171.124
Additional costs for items that are essential for the course include:
· Books - approximately £200 (recommended texts will be indicated on reading lists).