Veterinary Nursing Level 3 Diploma (Day or Block Release)

About the course

This course provides opportunities to study veterinary nursing on a day release or block release basis, depending on what suits your current employer and yourself. You will study all elements of veterinary nursing as well as having the option to study specialised units in small animal or equine.

Course modules

Diploma

Understanding the operational requirements of a veterinary practice

Comparative functional anatomy for veterinary nursing practice

Professional relationships and communication for veterinary nursing practice

Applied animal welfare, health and husbandry for veterinary nurses

Infection control in veterinary practice

Essentials of practical nursing care for hospitalised animals

Supporting the supply of veterinary medicines

Veterinary nursing support of diagnostic imaging

Veterinary nursing support of laboratory diagnostics

Supporting veterinary operating theatre practice

Understanding the essentials of veterinary nursing care for hospitalised animals

Principles of supporting veterinary anaesthesia

Preparing for professional registration

Principles of peri-operative veterinary nursing support for small animals

Principles of veterinary nursing support for small animal patients

Principles of small animal veterinary nursing emergency and critical care

Practical monitoring of small animal veterinary anaesthesia

Practical peri-operative veterinary nursing support for small animals

Practical veterinary nursing support of small animal patients

Principles of peri-operative veterinary nursing support for horses

Principles of veterinary nursing support for equine patients

Principles of equine veterinary nursing emergency and critical care

Principles of equine neonatal care

Practical peri-operative veterinary nursing support for horses

Practical veterinary nursing support of equine patient

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

You must be in paid employment in a Veterinary Training Practice and have 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above in English Language, Science, and Mathematics plus 2 others. OR relevant Equivalent qualifications as recognised by City & Guilds.

Learning and assessment

This qualification leads to professional registration and a licence to practice. It is a requirement of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Regulatory Bye-laws that such qualifications be subject to independent assessment and examination.

The qualification will accordingly be assessed using a variety of methods:

  • City & Guilds external examination of knowledge and understanding
  • City & Guilds OSCE examination of essential clinical skills
  • Nursing progress log (NPL)
  • Independently assessed assignments and examinations

Independently assessed assignments and examinations.

Progression

Higher Education Diploma Clinical Veterinary Nursing leading to RCVS Diploma Advanced Nursing leading to BSc (Hons) Clinical Veterinary Nursing.

Special requirements

White Laboratory coat, uniform, stethoscope and watch with a second hand. Suitable outdoor clothing, footwear, gloves and a hard kite marked riding hat (if available) for equine practical sessions.

Workexperience

This qualification requires candidates to have access to suitable work experience in clinical veterinary practice for a minimum of 60 weeks. This will be on the basis of paid employment.

Veterinary Nursing

Myerscough School of Veterinary Nursing has been an established provider of education and training for veterinary nurses for more than 35 years, with approval from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons granted in 1975. In this time the College has successfully taught many small animal and equine student nurses from all parts of Britain and Europe.

Veterinary Nurses (VNs) work alongside veterinary surgeons and provide a high standard of care and treatment for animals. This includes skilled supportive care for ill animals as well as undertaking minor surgery, monitoring animals during anaesthesia, providing medical treatments and carrying out diagnostic tests.