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Veterinary Nursing Diploma Level 3

Duchy College | Bicton College Bicton | Rosewarne LEVEL: 3 Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing

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.

We offer two options for you to start your studies in veterinary nursing depending on your GCSE results. This 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.

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.

As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work Experience and/or an Industry Placement. For more details please click here.


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Ideal if:

You are already employed by a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons approved training centre and would like to achieve a Level 3 qualification.

You’ll need:

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 might be accepted in students 19 years of age or above.

You’ll 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.


To spend one day a week on campus and the remaining four days in the workplace with your employer.

You’ll love:

Having access to all the animals in our animal management centres including mammals, fish, aquaria, birds and exotics.

You’ll go on to:

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

Progression Courses


Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing
Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing
Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing
Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing




Start Date

September 2020




2.5 Years ( 1 day per week)


Start Date

September 2020




2.5 Years ( 1 day per week)


Toni Cobbett Head Nurse - St Clement Veterinary Clinic

After 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."

Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing



Claire has over 30 years’ experience of working in the veterinary industry, qualifying as a veterinary nurse in 1992. She has worked for the College for over 15 years, initially also working as a head
nurse in a veterinary practice. Claire runs a smallholding in her spare time and also fosters for local cat and hedgehog charities.

“I am really proud of our hard-working, dedicated and professional veterinary nursing students who go out into industry with unique and valuable skills.”

*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.