Veterinary Nursing at Hartpury University - UCAS

Course summary

Qualify as a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Registered Veterinary Nurse. Specialise in companion-animal nursing. Uncover new knowledge with a research-based dissertation and qualify with a full BSc (Hons) degree. This degree provides a fantastic opportunity for you to qualify as a Veterinary Nurse, whilst advancing your own and the industry's knowledge through research and clinical coaching. You'll advance your knowledge of an industry relevant area that interests you through live research and statistical analysis. Students have the opportunity to publish research with lecturers and present at industry conferences. On successful completion of your final year, you'll be eligible to join the RCVS Veterinary Nursing Registrar and begin practicing as a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse. Industry opportunities In your second year, you’ll complete a work-based clinical placement (currently 1,800 hours) in an approved RCVS equine veterinary nursing training practice. This will allow you to develop clinical skills ready for qualifying. We have excellent partnerships with local and national veterinary practices. This course is ideal for those who are passionate about working as a Registered Veterinary Nurse whilst improving industry practices through evidence based research. Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons-accredited This course is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). This means that, on graduation, you’ll be eligible to join the RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses and practise as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. On joining the course, you’ll need to enrol as a Student Veterinary Nurse with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Anyone considering a career as a veterinary nurse is recommended to read the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Fitness to Practise guidance which provides useful information about specific characteristics required to be accepted on an accredited course.


Our modules are developed regularly to reflect student and industry demands, ensuring you’re well prepared to enter skilled employment on graduation. The majority of courses are comprised of both compulsory and optional modules, the latter of which you'll be able to choose from to suit your interests and career goals. Most courses also include work placement learning, to help you gain essential experience for your future. Modules include: Clinical Anatomy and Physiology for Veterinary Nurses, Animal Husbandry for Veterinary Nurses, Professional Veterinary Nursing Practice, Patient Care 1 for Veterinary Nurses, Placement Preparation for Veterinary Nurses, Pharmacy Management for Veterinary Nurses, Placement for Veterinary Nurses, Diagnostics for Veterinary Nurses, Surgical and Anaesthesia Practice for Veterinary Nurses, Patient Care 2 for Veterinary Nurses, Undergraduate Research Process, The Professional Veterinary Nurse, Applied Research Project and Investigative Skills for the Successful Undergraduate, Dissertation. Modules are sometimes subject to change. Optional modules change each year - you can attend introductory sessions before deciding which ones to study. For more information, please visit

Professional bodies

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

  • Veterinary Surgeons, Royal College of

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We have a strong global community, with students and staff from over 60 countries. Our dedicated International team will support you through every step of your university journey – from initial enquiry to enrolment and graduation. They’ll guide you through living and learning in the UK, making your application, visas, student finance, accommodation and much more. They’ll also arrange for you to be collected from your airport or train station on arrival and support you to settle in to university life in your first term. As an international student, you’re guaranteed accommodation in your first year.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

In addition to the above Level 3 qualifications, a minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4), to include English Language, Mathematics and a Science are required Successful students will need to have obtained at least two weeks work experience in a UK small animal veterinary practice. In the case of international applications, we will require a NARIC equivalency certificate. An overall IELTS level 7.0 English qualification with a minimum of 6.5 in each element, is expected for international applicants without a GCSE Grade C or above (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded) in English Language. Short listed candidates will be interviewed

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Successful students will need to have obtained at least ten days work experience in a UK small animal veterinary practice.

English language requirements

An IELTS Level 7.0 English qualification with 6.5 in each element, is expected for International applicants without a GCSE Grade c or above (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded) in English Language. In the case of International applications, we will require a NARIC equivalency certificate.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £13000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £13000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Sandwich Year £925 Part time (maximum) £6,935 The above fees may change as a result of the UK leaving the EU. They are also subject to approval in the Access and Participation Plan, and the OfS.

Sponsorship information

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Veterinary Nursing at Hartpury University - UCAS