Veterinary Nursing Level 3 Diploma (Day or Block Release)

About the course

Block release Year 1 – 4 x 2 week blocks, 8 weeks in total per year.

Block release Year 2 – 3 x 2 week blocks and 2 x 1 week blocks, 8 weeks in total per year.

Day Release: 1 day per week over 2 years, 40 weeks per year. Revision and mock examinations.

Fees – Dependant on Age, route chosen i.e. Apprenticeship/Self-funded and Previous Qualifications.

Course modules


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

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

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.

You should also complete and send the Practice Information Form back to us as soon as possible.

When applying via the links online please note the following:

September Block A 14/09/2020

September Day Release 08/09/20

October Block B 12/10/2020

January Day Release 07/01/2021

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
  • Industry
  • Nursing abroad
  • University
  • Practice manager
  • Instructor/lecturer
  • Theatre nurse
  • Laboratory technician
  • Pharmacological or nutrition representative

Special requirements

RCVS Enrolment, City & Guilds examination fees. Textbooks - As required. Travelling to College and external examination travel costs.

Work experience

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.

Myerscough College - Veterinary Nursing Courses
Myerscough College - Veterinary Nursing Courses

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.