Understanding the operational requirements of a veterinary practice
Professional relationships and communication for veterinary nursing practice
Applied animal welfare, health and husbandry for veterinary nurses
Infection control in veterinary practice
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
Applied anatomy and physiology for small animal veterinary nursing practice
Essentials of practical veterinary nursing care for hospitalised animals
5 GCSEs at Grade C (4) or above in English Language, Science, and Mathematics plus 2 others. OR Equivalent relevant 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 examinations of knowledge and understanding
- City & Guilds OSCE examination of essential clinical skills
- Professional discussion (Apprenticeship route)
- Nursing progress log (NPL)
- Independently assessed assignments and examinations
Graduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (subject to validation by the University of Central Lancashire and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and subsequent progression opportunities to top-up to BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing.
- Veterinary clinic / hospital
- Animal welfare
- Nursing abroad
- Practice manager
- Theatre nurse
- Laboratory technician
- Pharmacological or nutrition representative
RCVS Enrolment, City & Guilds examination fees. Textbooks - As required. Travelling to College and external examination travel costs.
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.