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 Level 3 course is designed for those wishing to gain the skills and knowledge for safe and effective working as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. 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.
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You are fully employed in your chosen career path and hold a genuine interest in your area of work, demonstrating enthusiasm and a strong determination to succeed.
To be in paid employment with a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) approved training practice and have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or 5, including English, maths and science. The Animal Nursing Assistant certificate along with GCSE grade C or 5 in English and Maths is an acceptable entry route.
Level 2 qualifications equivalent to GCSEs might be accepted in students 19 years of age or above.
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 are also two block weeks per year of study.
You will have access to all the animals in our animal management centres including mammals, fish, aquaria, birds and exotics e.g. iguanas.
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, anaesthetic machines, operating tables and a large variety of surgical instruments. We also have a range of mannequins, from life-size Labradors to not so life-size ponies, and with working farms and equestrian centres you will also have access to animals seen in large animal practices.
Earning money while gaining a nationally recognised qualification and the opportunity to gain formal Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons certification.
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
Toni Cobbett Registered Veterinary Nurse St Clement Veterinary ClinicAfter completing an animal management course at Cornwall College Newquay Toni started work at Gover Valley Kennels, where she stayed for a few years before approaching St Clement Veterinary Clinic to pursue her career of looking after animals. Having successfully got a job at the clinic, Toni then completed the veterinary nursing course at Duchy College Rosewarne.
“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.