Cornwall College Duchy College Bicton College Falmouth Marine School CCB Training

Veterinary Nursing Diploma

Level 3

Bookmark Sign in to Apply  

Key Info

Learning Area   Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing
Delivery Mode   Work-based
Duration   2.5 Years


Dates & Locations

Course Type   Apprenticeship
Location   Duchy College Rosewarne
Start Date   As required


Course Type   Apprenticeship
Location   Duchy College Rosewarne
Start Date   As required

Our veterinary nursing teaching areas are designed to simulate a veterinary practice. We have a radiography room, laboratory, kennel area and operating theatre. We have many pieces of equipment that you would expect to find in a veterinary practice such as microscopes, anesthetic machines, operating tables and a large variety of surgical instruments. We also have a range of mannequins, from life-size Labradors to no so life-size ponies and with working farms and equestrian centres you will also have access to animals seen in large animal practices.

As a veterinary nurse you will provide support to sick and injured animals who are receiving treatment in a veterinary practice and provide expert nursing care. You will help to educate owners on maintaining the health of their pets and carry out a range of medical treatments under veterinary supervision. Knowing that you have helped nurse animals back to full health is one of the most rewarding careers.

  What You Will Learn

During this two-and-a-half year course you will learn the operational requirements of a veterinary practice, veterinary nursing duties, anatomy, physiology and genetics, animal health, wellbeing and husbandry, supporting the supply of veterinary medicines, supporting veterinary anaesthesia and preoperative and post-operative nursing care.

You will spend one day a week on campus and the remaining four days in the workplace with your employer. There will also be occasional block weeks throughout the course.

  Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 5 including English language, maths and science, plus be in paid employment with a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons approved training practice. Alternative qualifications can be considered. Please contact the veterinary nursing department for more information. Level 2 qualifications equivalent to GCSEs for English and Maths might be accepted in students 19 years of age or above. In order to study the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing you must be 17 years of age or above. Students who are school leavers or under 17 years old have the option to complete the L2 Animal Nursing Assistant Course. Level 2 qualifications equivalent to GCSEs might be accepted in students 19 years of age or above.

  Work Experience

As part of your course you will be required to undertake paid employment with a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons approved training practice

  Assessment

This is a mixture of MCQ exams, written assignments, practical exams and professional discussion.

  Progression

Employment as a veterinary nurse utilising your veterinary nursing skills, or university study.

Careers in this industry
Veterinary nurse
Pet nutritionist
Pet behaviourist
Veterinary physiotherapist
Pharmaceutical representative

  Gallery


  Videos


Sign in to Apply

  Tags


# VeterinaryNursing # AnimalNursing # AnimalManagement # Vet # Conservation # vet2021

Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The College reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.

Download as PDF

  Related News

MP in fact-finding mission to Duchy College Stoke Climsland

MP in fact-finding mission to Duchy College Stoke Climsland

13th May 2021


A senior politician with strong links to the farming industry has visited a leading agricultural college to see how local employment needs are being met. 

Read article

Virtual event showcases land-based college opportunities

Virtual event showcases land-based college opportunities

17th March 2021


Those considering a career in a land-based industry are in luck as specialist training provider Duchy College hosts a virtual showcase of its two incredible campuses.

Read article

Taster day for budding college students

Taster day for budding college students

12th October 2020


Read article

Seminar day shines light on animal welfare and zoonotic diseases

Seminar day shines light on animal welfare and zoonotic diseases

5th June 2020


The first Applied Research in Animal and Equine Science Student Seminar day has been held at Duchy College Stoke Climsland.

Read article

  Similar Courses

Certificate for Dog Grooming Assistants

Level 2 • Part-time • Duchy College Rosewarne


This Level 2 City and Guilds Certificate course is for adult learners wishing to gain basic skills in dog grooming and bathing, in preparation for the Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming. It will not give you the qualifications required to work as a professional groomer, but it will give you the experience and skills necessary to progress to Level 3. *Fees apply, please discuss course cost at interview.

View course

Animal Communication

No Qualification • Part-time • Duchy College Rosewarne


A range of species and their methods of communication will be explored before going on to learn about how animals communicate with us. From our pet companions to their wild counterparts, you will discover a wide variety of behaviours that are used to form animal ‘language’. This course will run from 9:00-16:00. Pleaee note: this course is for applicants aged 19+ only.

View course

Animal Care Diploma

Level 1 • Full-time • Duchy College Rosewarne


If you are interested in working with animals and are considering working in this rewarding and varied industry, the Level 1 Land-based Operations course is for you. As you study you will learn, develop and practice skills required for employment and/or career progression in the Land-based sector and gain valuable transferable skills. Throughout the course you will be challenged, but the team of dedicated tutors will support you every step of the way to explore where you might want your career path to take you. The Level 1 Diploma also offers the opportunity to improve on your GCSE grades in Maths and English if you want to gain a higher grade. This could assist you to progress onto a Level 2 programme or Apprenticeship. At Duchy College, Rosewarne. The Animal Care Unit is a wonderful learning environment and offers practical and theory sessions which are taught using the on-site facilities which are truly amazing. You will work in groups and complete practical tasks, under supervision, working on the College Campus with the wide range of animals in the Animal Unit. The animals you will be working with range from Large animals (Goats, Donkeys, pigs etc), Small animals (Rabbits, Guinea pigs, Chinchillas, Degus, Hamsters, Mice etc), Birds (Finches, Parakeets, Quails etc) and Exotics including (Reptiles, Amphibians and fish) so you can see there is literally something for everyone. You will also have the opportunity to learn about growing food plants, making use of the College’s diverse facilities. At Duchy College Stoke Climsland We have a large range of animals at the college including rabbits and guinea pigs, goats, pigs, and rodents. We also have snakes, lizards, amphibians as well as fish. Alongside practical lessons your theory lessons in the classroom will include Health and Safety, preparing to work in Land-based industry, assist with the health and well-being of animals, introduction to wildlife and conservation, assist with feeding and watering animals, assist with the preparation and maintenance of animal accommodation and assist with the handling and restraint of animals. All units are designed to give you the basic skills needed to care for a range of animals. Our animal care unit has been built to provide an environment for students to be able to learn the basics of animal care replicating industry standards. Our lecturers have background knowledge and experience in the animal care industry and are passionate about sharing this with students. During the course there will be guest speakers to share their knowledge and experience to enhance your learning and personal development. You will also have the opportunity to visit some animal establishments to see how your learning can be put into practice in the world of work.

View course

Duchy College Array VeterinaryNursing, AnimalNursing, AnimalManagement, Vet, Conservation, vet2021