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Course summary

The degree programme provides students with the opportunity to diversify their degree programmes with 2 elective options at each level. The programme requires an extended period in veterinary practice to allow students to apply their skills. Whilst in practice, students must complete the nursing progress log (NPL) and accrue a minimum of 1,800 hours in an approved training practice. Students who are offered a place on the course, will have placement opportunities provided by University Centre, Askham Bryan. Assessments will be varied and provide students with opportunity to develop their written, verbal and practical skills, whilst preparing them for the modern-day veterinary practice. This course will also be available for study in Gateshead, address to be confirmed.


Level 4 - Year One, Term 1 and 2 • Clinical Care and Nursing Support • Radiography and Laboratory Diagnostics • Surgical Nursing and Introduction to Anaesthesia • Veterinary Nursing Professionalism and Research • Applied Animal Anatomy and Physiology Year One, Term 3 and Year Two, Term 1 and 2 • Complete 1800 hours in a training practice • Complete a nursing progress log Elective Modules (subject to demand) - Level 4 - Year Two, Term 3 • Introduction to Exotic Animal Nursing • Introduction to Animal Behaviour Level 5 - Year 3, Term 1, 2 and 3 • Preparing for Professional Registration • Practice Management and Team Leadership • Anaesthesia and Pharmacy for Veterinary Nurses • Nursing the Medical Patient • Independent Research Project Elective Modules (subject to demand) • Emergency and Critical Care • Introduction to Consulting and Nursing Clinics

Assessment method

Assessments will be varied and provide students with opportunity to develop their written, verbal and practical skills, whilst preparing them for the modern-day veterinary practice.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A pass (Grade C, or 4) in five subjects to include English Language, Mathematics, and Science at level 2. Evidence of 90 UCAS tariff points ideally as a result of: at least two subjects studied to A2 level to include preferably a Science related subject (e.g. Biology), or a relevant Level 3 vocational diploma (dependent on grades). All applicants must have gained a minimum of 4 weeks work experience in total. At least 2 weeks of this must have been completed within a small animal veterinary practice prior to applying. The further 2 weeks work experience can either be within a small animal veterinary practice or in an animal related industry. Satisfactory references must be supplied.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £6600 Year 1
England £6600 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6600 Year 1
Scotland £6600 Year 1
Wales £6600 Year 1
EU £9934 Year 1
International £9934 Year 1

Additional fee information

Due to the work placement element of the FdSc Veterinary Nursing the tuition fees for 2023 entry are: Home Students: Year 1 - 6,600.00 Year 2 - 4,200.00 Year 3 - 9,000.00 International Students: Year 1 - 9,934.00 Year 2 - 5,866.00 Year 3 - 14,000.00
Veterinary Nursing at University Centre Askham Bryan - UCAS