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This exciting degree offers a combination of veterinary nursing and companion animal behaviour. The course may lead to a range of career routes, from working as a veterinary nurse in general practice, to opportunities in the field of behaviour and welfare for animal charities or the commercial sector. The first two years of your studies are completed at the Clifton campus, where our pre-clinical facilities are based, with some days spent at Bristol Veterinary School in Langford. In year one you will learn the fundamental concepts of anatomical science, understanding body function and pre-clinical science, and will be introduced to the principles and practice of veterinary nursing. The second year builds upon the basic sciences through classroom-based study in veterinary anatomy. You will also cover anaesthesia and fluid therapy; surgical nursing and theatre practice; medical nursing, diagnostics and therapeutics. You will study the principles of animal ethology, behavioural development, and welfare, focusing on the commonly owned companion animal species. To meet the clinical placement requirements of the RCVS you will spend ten weeks in clinical practice during the vacation in years one and two. Usually, this placement takes place close to your home. Your third year comprises a 42-week placement in first-opinion veterinary practice within a 50-mile radius of the Bristol Veterinary School, and you will study professional veterinary nursing practice through lectures and online tutorials. In your final year you will study units in applied clinical veterinary nursing and clinical skills in companion animal behaviour. You will also complete a ten-week research project on a topic of your choice, supervised by one or more members of academic staff. The degree allows entry into the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Register of Veterinary Nurses and fulfils the academic requirements for certification as a clinical animal behaviourist (CCAB). It also provides you with the opportunity to complete the level one practical requirement for certification as a CCAB by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) (ASAB accreditation is pending; please contact the Bristol Veterinary School for up-to-date information).
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students, and accepts a wide range of qualifications for undergraduate study. If you studied at a school, college or university outside the UK, please select the relevant page for further information on qualification equivalences, scholarships and details of our education representatives in your country/region: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/international/countries/
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|A level||BBC||Standard offer: BBC including B in Biology and B in another science related subject.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM||DMM in Applied Science, Animal Management or Equine Management, plus B in A-level Biology.|
|Access to HE Diploma||D: 21 credits M: 18 credits||Pass Access to HE Diploma (Animal Management, Applied Science, Biology combined with Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Bioscience, Life Science, Science) with at least 21 credits at Distinction, including 12 in Biology and 9 in another science, plus 18 credits at Merit.|
|Scottish Higher||BBBBC||Standard Higher: BBBBC|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||BB||Advanced Higher: BB in Biology and in another science related subject.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||29 points||29 points overall with 14 at Higher Level, including 5, 5 at Higher Level in Biology and in another science related subject.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||M2, M2, M3||Requirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, M3 is C.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||GCSE profiles: Standard numeracy requirement (4 or C in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent) and Standard literacy requirement (4 or C in GCSE English or equivalent) For more information: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/entry-requirements-qualifications/gcse/|
European Baccalaureate: 73% overall, with 8.0 in Biology and 8.0 in another science related subject. Additional requirements: Work experience is required, please see the Admissions statement.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£10750||Year 1|
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