University Centre Reaseheath

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Chester

Veterinary Nursing

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Course summary

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As the range of responsibilities held by veterinary nurses increases, practices are looking for RVN nurses qualified at degree level to fulfil this requirement. If you have the motivation and commitment to build a career within the veterinary nursing profession, this degree is for you! Accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), this course enables you to develop a range of professional skills, knowledge and competencies through a unique combination of academic study with practical learning at our animal centre and dedicated clinical training facility. This course is a BSc. (Hons) degree delivered over a four-year period in a full-time mode. Accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the course offers a minimum of 1800 hours (48 weeks) of clinical placement within the qualification, which will be spread over years 1, 2 and 3. This gives you invaluable experience that forms part of your assessment. This course is still subject to provisional accreditation by the RCVS. As with any RCVS validated course, this course will not receive full accreditation until the first cohort has graduated. This does not affect your final qualification.

Course details


Year 1 •Scientific Data Collection and Analysis •Comparative Functional Anatomy and Physiology •Companion Animal Husbandry, Behaviour and Welfare •Professional Practice and Communication Skills •Veterinary Operational Standards and Legislation •Foundation Skills for Veterinary Nursing •Clinical Placement (6 weeks) Year 2 •Diagnostic Imaging and Laboratory Skills •Hospitalisation and Care of Companion Animals •Companion Animal Surgical Support and Perioperative Care •Clinical Placement (21 weeks) Year 3 •Research Methods •Evidence based Clinical Practice •Anaesthesiology for Veterinary Nursing •Clinical Placement (21 weeks) Year 4 •Dissertation •Care, Nursing and Rehabilitation of Wildlife and Exotic Animal Species* •Animal Rehabilitation Therapies* •Advanced Clinical Behaviour* •Animal Assisted Interventions* •Veterinary Nurse Led Clinics •Advances in Veterinary Nursing *optional modules

Assessment method

Assessment will take a variety of forms including reports, essays, academic posters, presentations, clinical role play and examinations. Assessment components will be identified in line with the University of Chester modular framework guidance. An additional requirement of the assessment strategy will be the demonstration of clinical skills competence through observation during clinical placement

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Veterinary Surgeons, Royal College of

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeVN01
Institution code R14
Campus nameUniversity Centre Reaseheath
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level BBC Including at a least a grade C in one of the following subjects: GCE A Level: Biology, Chemistry, Science, or GCE Applied A Level: Applied Science
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science or Animal Care/Management
Access to HE Diploma Successful completion of Access to HE Diploma
Scottish Higher BBBB Including Biology, Chemistry, Science, or Applied Science
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D* BTEC Diploma in Applied Science or Animal Care/Management
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 points Including 5 in HL Biology or HL Chemistry

Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis.

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Additional entry requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £11800 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Veterinary Nursing at University Centre Reaseheath - UCAS