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Course summary

If you’re looking to train while gaining invaluable experience as a student veterinary nurse in a placement, this three-year Foundation Degree is the ideal course for you. The three-year programme which articulates with the RCVS Day One Skills and Day One Competencies for veterinary nurses and has been a successful Higher Education provision at Plumpton College since 2009 incorporating theoretical modules, practical skills and a work placement. If you are looking for a rewarding, progressive lifelong career within the veterinary industry then veterinary nursing is an excellent choice! With our onsite clinical training suite, hands-on practical experience and up-to-date industry relevant modules you will gain all the skills necessary to be a successful veterinary nurse. 1 Purpose built Veterinary Nursing Clinical Training Suite 2 Experienced delivery of higher education Veterinary Nursing since 2009 3 Registered Veterinary Nurse status awarded on graduation (subject to accreditation) 4 Vocational, practical qualification suited for all ages wishing to work within the veterinary industry


Level 4 Year 1 modules: Veterinary Anatomy and physiology 30 credits Study and research skills 15 credits Animal health and husbandry 15 credits Clinical Nursing Skills 15 credits Principles of Veterinary Nursing Practice 15 credits Small Animal Nursing 15 credits Clinical Placement (336 hours) Year 2 - Sandwich Year: Career Development 15 credits Clinical Placement (1,200 hours) Year 3 Level 5: Independent Enquiry 15 credits Veterinary Diagnostics 30 credits Medical and Critical Care Nursing 30 credits Surgical and Theatre nursing 15 credits Professional Development and Business Skills 15 credits Veterinary Anaesthesia 15 credits Clinical Placement (448 hours)

Assessment method

Students are assessed through a combination of assessment methods depending on the modules chosen. Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assignments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Professional bodies

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

  • Veterinary Surgeons, Royal College of

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Alternative qualifications at Level 3, such as OCR Cambridge Technicals, AQA Tech-level, and Access to Science. For more information, contact the HE Office ( We welcome applications from mature students.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)



Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland) Entry essay Interview Four weeks' animal-related work experience (of which minimum two weeks in a UK veterinary practice) with references.

English language requirements

Students with English as a second language will be required to have gained IELTS level 6.5 overall with level 6.0 in writing.

Unistats information

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There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
EU £12000 Year 1
International £12000 Year 1

Additional fee information

International fees apply for international students, please contact the provider.
Veterinary Nursing at Plumpton College - UCAS