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FdSc Veterinary Nursing

Level 5

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Key Info

Learning Area   Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing
Delivery Mode   Full-time
Duration   3 Years
Institution Code   C78


Dates & Locations

Course Type   University
Location   Duchy College Rosewarne
Start Date   13/09/2021
UCAS Code   D311

This popular programme provides an ideal graduate-level route into veterinary nursing and successful completion allows registration with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN). The programme is run over three years and is strongly linked to the workplace: you undertake a veterinary nursing placement in practice for two to three days per week in the first and second years and full-time in the third year.

Work-related learning is fully integrated, with 1800 hours of completed veterinary nursing work experience and assessments for the programme relating directly to the veterinary nursing industry.

The modules offered provide a broad education in veterinary nursing of small animals – covering all of the requirements necessary to register as an RVN – as well as in additional areas such as animal behaviour, care and rehabilitation and animal nutrition.

You will explore current issues in the industry and are encouraged to investigate areas of your interest. A research project is completed in the third year.

The programme is delivered by a team of specialists including veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, animal scientists and zoologists, all of whom have practical industry experience.

  What You Will Learn

Indicative Module Year 1
Maintaining Animal Health
Essential Veterinary Nursing Skills
Application of Veterinary Nursing Care
Functional Anatomy
Personal & Employability Skills Development
Introduction to Animal Behaviour
Care & Rehabilitation

Indicative Module Year 2
Diagnostic Methods
Current Practice in Veterinary Nursing
Theatre Practice & Anaesthesia
Large Animal Health & Disease
Animal Nutrition
Pharmacy

  Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required (specific unit grades may be requested). Access to HE Diplomas in a relevant subject - 45 credits at level 3 (specific unit grades may be requested). Plus at least 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English language, mathematics and science: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply . Each candidate should have at least 4 weeks of Veterinary Practice work experience (can be voluntary) in a Small Animal or mixed Veterinary Practice. At least 2 weeks of the work experience must be completed prior to interview and at least a further 2 weeks of work experience should be completed prior to the 1st August in the year of application. The work experience should be completed in the 18 months prior to the start of the programme. References will be required for the 4 weeks of work experience. A Veterinary Nursing Placement (2 days per week for the duration of the course) is required for admittance onto the programme (can be voluntary). Before enrolling you must attend an interview at Duchy College.

  Assessment

Assessment is via assignments, completion of an online nursing progress log and written and practical examinations. All assessment requirements included in the programme must be fulfilled to graduate and then register as a veterinary nurse.

  Progression

Possible Progression (subject to availability)
 

- BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation Science (final year/Level 6) at University of Plymouth


- BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour & Welfare (entry at Level 5) at University of Plymouth


- BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Health Level 6 at Duchy Stoke Climsland



Possible Careers


- Registered Veterinary Nurse
- Veterinary Practice Manager

- Pharmaceutical Position

- Nursing Educator or Instructor

- Pet Food Representative

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