Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Perioperative Nursing and Patient Safety) at Hartpury University - UCAS

Hartpury University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Perioperative Nursing and Patient Safety) (Taught)

Course summary

RCVS accredited Develop your specialism as an advanced nursing practitioner in your chosen field while enhancing your skills and knowledge. Our Postgraduate Certificate in Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Perioperative Nursing and Patient Safety) focuses on areas of clinical interest and mapping out individual pathways for career progression. Flexible learning This course is ideal for those wanting to combine working in practice with studying for an advanced qualification. All compulsory delivery is flexible and online, with optional study days at weekends providing opportunities to access our world-class facilities and meet with fellow students and staff face-to-face. The course can be tailored to fit around your existing commitments, with options to complete in one year or spread out over two/three years. Enhance your expertise The course has been designed for veterinary nurses with a special interest in advanced surgical nursing. In addition to advancing your surgical nursing knowledge and skills, the course will encourage you to suggest creative solutions to applied problems in surgical nursing practice, even in cases of incomplete evidence or uncertainty, while acknowledging professional responsibility. You'll be supported to set aspirational individual and team goals, and to supervise others to achieve these. This course will develop your approach to providing, monitoring and evaluating safe and effective advanced nursing care during the perioperative period. As patient safety is a key focus during this time, you'll be supported to develop skills in identifying factors that contribute to the safety of the surgical patient, including client liaison, and in planning and conducting clinical audits in practice. Professional learning environment You’ll benefit from the expertise of our professional veterinary nursing team, whose research interests include veterinary professional ethics and law, equine intensive care, behaviour and rehabilitation, and end-of-life care for animal patients. At Hartpury, you’ll join an inclusive, supportive and welcoming learning community that will help you to develop as an advanced practitioner.


Advanced Veterinary Nurse Practitioner, Perioperative Surgical Nursing Care, Clinical Audit and Patient Safety in Veterinary Practice, Applied Research in Veterinary Practice.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through a combination of written exams, coursework, oral assessments and written assignments. All modules will include a mixture of assessment types. Feedback will be provided in written form, with the option for follow-up discussions with academic staff.

Entry requirements

A typical offer for the Postgraduate Certificate is a Level 3 Diploma, FdSc or BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Nursing. Applicants must be a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Registered Veterinary Nurse or, if an international applicant, must hold equivalent qualifications. We welcome applications from international students and accept international qualifications at equivalent levels to the above. You may also need to evidence proficiency in English language. Only applicants who are RCVS Registered Veterinary Nurses, or who are on a statutory register in their home country, are eligible to gain the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Nursing.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £4250 Whole course
Channel Islands £4250 Whole course
England £4250 Whole course
Northern Ireland £4250 Whole course
Scotland £4250 Whole course
Wales £4250 Whole course
EU £5600 Whole course
International £5600 Whole course

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

The above fees may change as a result of the UK leaving the EU. Please look at the Course Information Sheet found on our website ( for a full breakdown of all course-related costs.

Sponsorship information

The Hartpury Postgraduate Studentship Scheme has been developed to make postgraduate study affordable and to provide students with an opportunity to gain valuable work experience to compliment and enhance their academic study. Roles are available in Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants. Post holders will be supported to undertake a teaching qualification and HEA accreditation as well as having a fee bursary and a training bursary. To apply, please visit: For information on other financial support available to postgraduate students, please see our website for more information:

Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Perioperative Nursing and Patient Safety) at Hartpury University - UCAS