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Course summary

Veterinary Nursing is a major specialism of Myerscough College. Students who successfully complete the Foundation Degree Veterinary Nursing are automatically accredited with the RCVS Veterinary Nursing Certificate – without the need to sit the RCVS exams. This means that Myerscough students progress directly onto the RCVS VN register, receiving their RVN certificate and badge at graduation.


Year 1 - Form and Function; Applied Animal Health and Welfare; Veterinary Nursing In-patient Care; Personal, Professional Development and Employability Skills; Anatomy, Physiology and Preventative Healthcare; Veterinary Pharmacology. Year 2 - Veterinary Nursing Placement. Year 3 - Preparing for Professional Practice; Anaesthesia and Diagnostic Imaging; Peri-operative Veterinary Nursing; Medical Nursing and Laboratory Diagnostics; Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nursing; Research Skills.

Professional bodies

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

  • Veterinary Surgeons, Royal College of

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

5 GCSEs Including English Language, Maths and Science are required. Alternative equivalent Level 2 qualifications will also be considered. Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Certificated and/or Experiential Learning (APCL/APEL) will be considered on an individual basis. If you have any queries in relation to entry qualifications, then please contact the University Centre directly.

Additional entry requirements


You may be required to attend an interview or applicant day. We will be contacted directly if this is the case.


You are required to demonstrate both experience of working with animals and a sound appreciation of the role of a veterinary nurse by supplying evidence of a minimum of: • 10 days (70 hours) current work experience in one or more UK-based small animal veterinary practice(s) AND • 10 days (70 hours) current work experience in one or more non-clinical working environments with live animals. Examples include, but are not limited to: kennels / catteries / animal shelters / stables / pet shops / zoos etc. (Please note: non-clinical experience cannot include pet ownership). If you complete 20 days (140 hours) of work experience in one or more UK-based small animal veterinary practice(s), then the non-clinical work experience evidence will not be required. Important - We will require evidence of your work experience, stating hours and dates. This should be emailed from the practice manager/head nurse/manager directly to [email protected] as soon as you have completed your work experience.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)7Applicants for whom English is a second language must be able to demonstrate proof of International English Language Testing System at level 7.0 or equivalent.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £14500 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 £14500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Additional costs for items that are essential for the course include: RCVS Enrolment Fee in Year 1 – approximately £170 (subject to annual increases); RCVS Registration fee in Year 3 – approximately £120 (subject to annual increases); please follow link: Student Veterinary Nursing uniform – approximately £70 (for 2 x trousers and 2 x tunics); accommodation during study periods at Myerscough College if choose to live in; access to broadband internet and a computer. Additional costs for opportunities and items that are optional for the course include: books - approximately £120 (at least a core VN textbook and veterinary dictionary recommended); Human First Aid Course (optional) – approximately £45; nursing equipment (stethoscope etc) - up to £85 (how much is spent above or below this £85 mark is up to the student and additional items are available to order alongside uniforms).
Veterinary Nursing at University Centre Myerscough - UCAS