Animal Conservation and Welfare


Course Title: FdSc Veterinary Nursing
Course Code: AC006

Veterinary Nursing is a dedicated and rewarding career, one that not only requires skills in caring for animals but also high levels of technical and personal skills. This three year foundation degree course provides the technical skills and knowledge, as well as fundamental understanding of practice management to allow students to enter the field of veterinary nursing following graduation. As part of the course students will complete their placement hours and Nursing Log to leave the course as a fully qualified Veterinary nurse.
NB - this course will be validated for September 2016.



FdSc Veterinary Nursing

Course Content

Year One (Level 4)
• Functional Anatomy & physiology
• Principles of Animal Nutrition
• Introduction to Evidence Based Veterinary Nursing Practice
• Animal Husbandry, Inheritance and Disease
• Process and Practice of a Veterinary Business
Year Two (Level 4 & 5)
• Diagnostics for veterinary practice
• Surgical nursing, Anaesthesia and theatre practice for VNs
• Veterinary Pharmacy and Medicines
• Applied Companion Animal Behaviour Management
• Professional Practice and reflective Nursing
Year 3 (Level 5)
• Advanced Veterinary Nursing
• Work Related project – improving veterinary nursing practice or client care
• Animal Hydrotherapy (option)
• Animal Behavioural therapies (option)
• Completion of final Professional Vet Nursing Log

Entry Requirements

160 UCAS points from 2 A2 subjects at least one from sciences (e.g. Biology) BTEC Diploma (MM) or Extended Diploma (MPP), or NPTC (City & Guilds) single grade Extended Diploma (M) Animal Management with Animal Nursing optional unit. In addition 5 GCSE at A*-C to include English, Mathematics and Science. 4 weeks work experience at a veterinary practice prior to starting the course Mature students will be considered, but must demonstrate: • Achievement of literacy and numeracy as above and also after successful completion of an Access to Higher Education programme with a Science base, or • Learning through experience, demonstrated in portfolios or records of achievement, and/or by set learning tasks set at interview, and confirmed by employer reference(s). or • A combination of academic and experiential learning, to be considered on its individual merits. Overseas Students Applicants whose first language is not English must offer evidence of qualifications in written and spoken English. Acceptable qualifications are IELTS 7.0, or direct equivalents.

Next Steps

Some colleges nationally offer a final year Top up route to a BSc (hons) in Veterinary Nursing Practice

Career Opportunities

Graduating as a fully accredited Veterinary Nursie trained to foundation degree level this course will mean you are able to progress straight into practice as a Veterinary Nurse.