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Course summary

This course allows RVNs to further advance their knowledge and skills in an area that is of most professional interest and relevance to them, over a minimum of only 1 academic year, making continued engagement with education a viable option for all qualified veterinary nurses. Obtaining the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Nursing will allow RVNs to showcase their advanced skillset and knowledge, benefitting not only the professional, educational and personal development of the RVN, but the veterinary industry as a whole. There are 4 different Cert AVN designations for RVNs to choose from at University Centre Myerscough, which include: Certificate Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Dentistry) Certificate Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Teaching, Coaching & Mentoring) Certificate Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical Nursing Care) Certificate Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Anaesthesia & Analgesia)


Cert AVN (Dentistry): Evidence-based Practice and Research Skills (Level 5); Anatomy, Physiology and Common Dental, Oral and Maxillofacial Conditions (Level 6); Veterinary Nursing Support for Dental, Oral and Maxillofacial Conditions (Level 6). Cert AVN (Teaching, Coaching & Mentoring): Evidence-based Practice and Research Skills (Level 5); Preparing to Teach in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6); Coaching and Mentoring in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6). Cert AVN (Surgical Nursing Care): Evidence-based Practice and Research Skills (Level 5); Advanced Surgical Nursing Techniques (Level 6); Veterinary Nursing Support for Specific Surgical Conditions (Level 6). Cert AVN (Anaesthesia & Analgesia): Evidence-based Practice and Research Skills (Level 5); Advanced Anaesthetic Nursing (Level 6); Veterinary Analgesia and Pain Management (Level 6).

Professional bodies

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

  • Veterinary Surgeons, Royal College of

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All students must be qualified registered veterinary nurses (RVN), included on the RCVS Small Animal or Equine Register, holding the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing, or the FdSc Veterinary Nursing, or the Diploma of Higher Education Clinical Veterinary Nursing, or the BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing qualifications (or equivalencies). Prior to commencing their studies, all students must provide confirmation that they have enrolled with the RCVS, indicating where they intend to study the Cert AVN along with the title of the qualification (chosen designation). Upon completion, students will then be eligible to apply to the RCVS to claim their RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Nursing status in their chosen designation; this will be awarded at the discretion of the RCVS. Please note: students who are Equine RVNs can only apply for the Cert AVN (Teaching, Coaching and Mentoring) designation. Students holding the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing Licence to Practise qualification must additionally have a minimum of twelve months of post-qualification experience and 15 hours CPD, taken from the date of first registration on the RCVS List of RVNs. It is desirable for applicants’ CPD to include some hours dedicated to their chosen Cert AVN designation. During their studies students are required to be employed in, or have agreed access to placement in, a suitable professional/clinical environment, tailored to their area of focussed study for a minimum of 12 weeks per academic year. A letter must be supplied by the practice as part of the application indicating both its status and willingness to support the student during the course regarding access to a suitable caseload. A similar letter as above will be required where students are seconded to another practice as part of the course. Students who work as locum RVNs are advised to ring and speak to a member of the veterinary nursing teaching team to discuss their situation and suitability for the course. Applicants for whom English is a second language must be able to demonstrate proof of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at level 7.0 or equivalent. The applicant must forward evidence of eligibility to the College prior to acceptance on the course. All offers may be subject to successful entry assessment and/or interview. In addition to the main application form, please complete the ‘Cert AVN Initial RCVS Enrolment Form’ and return this via email to [email protected] , and copy in [email protected], prior to commencing the course. Please do not pay the fee for this directly to the RCVS; during your initial study days we will check through these forms and you will make the payment to Myerscough College, who will then pay the entire cohorts’ enrolment fee to the RCVS via BACS.

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Additional entry requirements


You may be required to attend an interview and will be contacted directly if this is the case.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
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.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £1250 Module
Northern Ireland £1250 Module
Scotland £1250 Module
Wales £1250 Module
Channel Islands £1250 Module
EU £1250 Module

Additional fee information

We are unable to offer Blended Learning courses to non EU students. Please contact the University Centre directly for more information. Additional costs for items that are essential for the course include: Books - approximately £200 (recommended texts will be indicated on reading lists); Travel and accommodation costs associated with the study weekends; RCVS Initial Enrolment Fee (start of the course) - £76*. You will pay this to Myerscough College during your first study days in September; RCVS Certification Fee (end of the course) – £192*. You will be given instructions about how to pay this fee to the RCVS before we send your final results to them. *prices correct 07/03/22:
Advanced Veterinary Nursing at University Centre Myerscough - UCAS