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.
We offer two options for you to start your studies in veterinary nursing depending on your GCSE results. Our Level 3 course offers you the choice of university study or employment on successful completion of your course. Our Level 2 course is ideal should your GCSE results not be what you expected, with the option to progress to Level 3.
This one year Level 2 full-time course will give you the basic knowledge and skills needed to work as an Animal Nursing Assistant in a Veterinary Practice or progress onto the Veterinary Nursing Diploma Level 3. Our lecturers have a great knowledge of their subject and will help you gain more skills with the use our facilities, which include a model veterinary nursing practice at our Rosewarne and Bicton campuses. This is a useful course to build upon knowledge whilst waiting for a place on, or as a stepping stone for school leavers before starting, the Veterinary Nursing Course and as a gateway into Veterinary placements.
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You would like to work as a veterinary nurse but do not meet the entry requirements to go straight onto the Veterinary Nursing Diploma Level 3.
One GCSE at grade 5 in either English or maths and a further three GCSEs at grade 3 or above.
During this one-year course you will learn the practical skills and the underpinning knowledge for all aspects of work in an assisting role within a veterinary practice including animal handling and care, assisting with care and administrative duties in the veterinary environment. You will also undertake at least one day a week work experience in a veterinary practice.
A blend of classroom theory and work experience at least one day per week in a veterinary practice.
You must be in your work experience placement before October half term.
Learning about animal nursing hands-on.
Continue your studies with our Veterinary Nursing Diploma Level 3 or go into employment. This course is a helpful step into a career as a veterinary nurse.
Careers in this industry
- Veterinary nurse
- Pet nutritionist
- Pet behaviourist
- Veterinary physiotherapist
- Pharmaceutical representative
Toni Cobbett Head Nurse - St Clement Veterinary ClinicAfter completing an animal management course Cornwall College Newquay, Toni started work at Gover Valley Kennels. She then approached St Clement Veterinary Clinic to pursue a career as a veterinary nurse. Having secured the necessary training placement, Toni completed her course at Duchy College Rosewarne. Toni now uses her experience to train new students in her position as head nurse at St Clement.
“I am now a registered veterinary nurse full-time at St Clement Veterinary Clinic and work out of three practices. I really enjoyed the course at Duchy College Rosewarne as it was very hands-on rather than being stuck in a classroom and learning from a book."
*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.