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Course summary

This foundation degree combines a solid grounding in scientific theory with technical and practical learning. It is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), enabling successful graduates to register as fully qualified veterinary nurses. The course covers all elements of a veterinary nurse’s role, including the provision of skilled supportive care for sick animals; undertaking theatre work, laboratory diagnostic tests and radiography; assisting in consultation rooms; ordering medication; and ward work, including the general care and treatment of in-patients.


Year One

  • Animal Husbandry
  • Introduction to Animal Disease
  • Applied Functional Anatomy
  • Essential Veterinary Nursing Skills
  • Practice Administration and Communication Skills
  • Essential Practical Nursing
Year Two
  • Application of Clinical Veterinary Nursing 1 and 2
  • Anaesthesia and Theatre Practice
  • Diagnostic Aids
  • Applied Practical Nursing
Final year
  • FdSc Veterinary Nursing Placement (approximately 36-week work placement)
Full module descriptions and details can be found on the course page on the NTU website.

Assessment method

Year 1 Coursework (27%), written exam (57%), practical (16%) Year 2 Coursework (33%), written exam (52%), practical (15%) Final Year Coursework (66%), written exam (0%), practical (34%)

How to apply

This course has restrictions on who can apply.

This course is not eligible for International Students who require a Tier 4 Visa to study in the UK

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please contact Nottingham Trent University Admissions team for further information.

Additional entry requirements



A total of two weeks' (70 hours) work experience in a small animal veterinary practice in the UK, completed after September 2020. Single days are considered, but full weeks are preferred. Weekend work will be accepted where practices offer a normal service, including surgery, on those days. A minimum of one week (35 hours) must be completed prior to application, with the additional week planned and completed before 31 March 2023. Details of this must be included on your work experience form or your application will be rejected.

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Additional fee information

Tuition fees for 2024 entry are yet to be confirmed. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances, the fees for Home undergraduate students for 2023 are £9250. The current expectation is that the University may increase this for future and subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.
Veterinary Nursing at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS