University of Glasgow

Degree level: Postgraduate

Advanced Practice in Veterinary Nursing (Taught)

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Course summary

This is the first, fully online, postgraduate qualification designed specifically for RVNs currently being delivered in Scotland. Providing a framework for postgraduate study, you have the opportunity to advance your knowledge, improve research skills, and practice evidence-based veterinary nursing. The part-time, online nature of the programme is ideally suited to individuals who are in full-time employment or have other personal commitments. WHY THIS PROGRAMME**

  • 1st in the UK for Veterinary Medicine (Complete University Guide 2021)
  • Specifically designed to support the delivery of quality care, evidence-based learning and best practice techniques.
  • Devised by experts from different fields of veterinary nursing and the wider veterinary industry, this means the planning and delivery of courses remains current, relevant and valuable to you, especially when it comes to furthering your career.
  • Experience a range of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, tutorials, work-based learning and project work through our online learning platform.
  • Tailor the subject of many of your assessments and final dissertation to disciplines or specialisms relevant and interesting to you.
  • The PG Certificate is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Upon graduation from the programme, RCVS Registered RCVS logoVeterinary Nurses who have pre-enrolled with the RCVS will be able to use the CertAVN post nominal. Further information can be found on the RCVS website at Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Nursing.
PROGRAMME STRUCTURE Advanced Practice in Veterinary Nursing comprises of:
  • Year 1: three 20 credit compulsory courses
  • Year 2: two 20 credit compulsory courses plus one 20 credit optional courses
  • Year 3: one 60 credit dissertation / project
PgCert: Year 1 PgDip: Years 1 & 2 MSc: Years 1, 2 & 3 Courses: Year 1 RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE BASED VETERINARY NURSING CLINICAL GOVERNANCE IN VETERINARY NURSING DEVELOPING EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE THROUGH REFLECTION Year 2 Compulsory: RESEARCH DESIGN AND DISSEMINATION ANIMAL AND VETERINARY ETHICS Optional: TEACHING AND ASSESSMENT IN VETERINARY NURSING INTRODUCTION TO VETERINARY BUSINESS STUDIES (Please note: options in year 2 are not guaranteed and are dependent on numbers) Year 3 MSC ADVANCED PRACTICE IN VETERINARY NURSING: DISSERTATION The programme is delivered fully online using a range of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, tutorials, work-based learning and project work. You will have the flexibility to tailor the subject of many of your assessments and final dissertation to disciplines or specialisms that are relevant and of interest to you and/or your future career. The online and part-time nature of this programme, and the flexibility this route offers, makes it ideally suited to individuals in full-time employment. Although the programme is flexible, there is an expectation that students will contribute 20 hours weekly to discussion fora, activities, etc.

Course details


How to apply

International applicants

International applicant information can be found via gla.ac.uk by searching for 'international'.

Entry requirements

In order to complete the programme, previous clinical experience is essential as a significant proportion of the content is directly related to practice. However, veterinary nurses who are not currently employed in clinical practice but employed in a related discipline, for example education or practice management, are eligible.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

All fees are published on the University of Glasgow website. https://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/feesandfunding/

Sponsorship information

Sponsorship and funding information can be found via gla.ac.uk by searching for 'scholarships'

Advanced Practice in Veterinary Nursing at University of Glasgow - UCAS