University Centre Sparsholt

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Portsmouth

Veterinary Nursing Science

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Course summary


  • Three year full-time programme includes LANTRA Veterinary Nursing Occupational Standards
  • Combine 1,800 hours of work placements with college study to gain practical skills and underpinning theory
  • Gain realistic experience in our purpose built Veterinary Nursing Centre equipped to represent a contemporary veterinary practice
  • Excellent rate of graduate employment
What will I learn? The programme has a firm science foundation, including the specialist nursing, behaviour and research skills needed to develop industry-relevant knowledge. You will also gain valuable industry insight through visits, guest speakers and work placements. You will learn through a combination of lectures, laboratory sessions, practical work in veterinary practice along with guided and independent work. You will have the opportunity (subject to demand) to participate in animal training and behaviour and large animal handling. A study tour is also available to South Africa or Costa Rica in the third year of the programme. Where can I go from here? After successfully completing the course and 1,800 hours of work placement, you can register as a Veterinary Nurse (subject to ‘fitness to practice’ guidelines of the RCVS). You could also continue study on the final year of a relevant BSc (Hons) programme such as the BSc (Hons) Animal Management, BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour or BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology Top-ups offered at University Centre Sparsholt. Sparsholt graduates are employed in small animal practice, equine practice and referral hospitals and have the skills needed to work in research, the pharmaceutical industry, laboratories, zoological/wildlife parks and in education.

Course details


YEAR 1 • Analytical And Diagnostic Techniques • Animal Husbandry, Inheritance And Disease • Functional Anatomy • Industrial Experience • Practice Organisation And Personal Development Planning • Principles Of Veterinary Nursing YEAR 2 • Application Of Veterinary Nursing Care • Diagnostic Imaging • Pharmacology • Surgical Theatre Practice And Anaesthesia • Veterinary Nursing Industrial Placement YEAR 3 • Animal Behaviour • Applied Industrial Research • Recent Advances In Animal Health • Veterinary Nursing Clinical Skills

Assessment method

Assessment is through a combination of coursework, including laboratory investigations, assignments and presentations and, for the elements of the Professional Syllabus, closed book examinations. Whilst on placement you will also complete a Nursing Progress Log to evidence practical competencies and on your return to college you will undertake a practical clinical examination.

Professional bodies

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

  • Veterinary Surgeons, Royal College of

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome applications from international students. For further details on the English language requirements, visa requirements and student life, please see our website

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements



Two weeks' work experience in a veterinary surgery.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6CEFR Level B2. Overall score of 6.0 with minimum scores of 5.5 in each Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
PTE Academic60CEFR Level B2. Overall score of 60, with minimum scores of 59 in each of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing

We will also accept the following qualifications from International Students: LanguageCert International ESOL SELT @ B2 with minimum scores of 33/50 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing ( Trinity Secure English Language Tests @ B2 with Pass Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing (

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £6300 Year 1
EU £6300 Year 1
England £6300 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6300 Year 1
Scotland £6300 Year 1
Wales £6300 Year 1
International £7100 Year 1
Channel Islands £7100 Year 1

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Sponsorship information

Sparsholt offers a College Bursary of up to £750 per annum to all eligible students and an Aim Higher Bursary to £1200 to all students progressing from a Sparsholt Level 3 course to a FdSc or BSc. Degree students can also apply for a grant to help cover non-travel costs associated with dissertations/ research projects, and subscriptions. For further details please see our website

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Additional information

There is still time to join us at University Centre Sparsholt this September through clearing. Every year, students find their ideal course in UCAS Clearing or Adjustment. It gives you another opportunity to find the best course for you – whether you’ve changed your mind, your results surprised you or you’re just starting to think about starting university this year. Our courses range from Applied Animal Science, Zoo Biology and Equine to Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Aquaculture and Fishery Management, Marine Ecology and Conservation and Veterinary Nursing Science. Why choose University Centre Sparsholt? Excellent industry links; Outstanding facilities; Expert lecturers; Specialised degrees; TEF Gold award; Accredited by University of Portsmouth; and a Hampshire countryside campus or city living in Winchester

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