FdSc Veterinary Nursing* -

FdSc Veterinary Nursing*

The degree programme provides students with the opportunity to work with a range of common small animal species, horses, and farmed livestock as part of their studies. *Subject to validation for 2023 entry

Course Details

  • Department

    Veterinary Nursing
  • Qualification

  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    3 Years
  • Location(s)


Course at a glance

During the programme a range of modules will be studied including a research module, providing students with the opportunity to gain skills in this field. The programme requires a year in veterinary practice to allow students to work towards, and ultimately complete, the RCVS Day One Skills and Competences.



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What you will learn

The degree programme provides students with the opportunity to work with horses, farmed livestock and a range of common species as part of their studies. The programme requires a year in veterinary practice to allow students to apply their skills. Whilst in practice, students must complete the nursing progress log (NPL) and accrue a minimum of 1,800 hours in an approved training practice. Students who are offered a place on the course, will have placements provided by University Centre Askham Bryan.

Year 1 Modules

  • Animal Anatomy & Physiology
  • Introduction to Evidence Based Nursing & Research Concepts
  • Nutrition & Breeding of Domestic Animals
  • Process & Practice of a Veterinary Business
  • Supporting Sick Animals
  • Surgical Nursing & Theatre Practice
  • Diagnostics for a Veterinary Practice

Elective Modules (subject to demand)

  • Introduction to Equine & Livestock Management
  • Introduction to Companion Animal Behaviour

In addition, practical tutoring to ensure students are equipped ready for clinical practice to include; infection control, anaesthesia, handling and restraint and basic pharmacology.

Year 2 Placement Year

Year 2 placement year – completion of 1800 hours in a training practie (to meet regulatory requirements) and completion of the RCVS Nursing Progress Log

Year 3 Modules

  • Intensive Care Nursing
  • Professional Practice & Reflective Nursing
  • Work Related Project
  • Anaesthesia for Veterinary Nursing
  • Veterinary Pharmacy & Medicines
  • Business Skills & Practice Management
  • Medical Nursing

Elective Modules (subject to demand)

  • Animal Behavioural Therapies
  • Veterinary Care & Management for Livestock


Programme Specification

FdSc Veterinary Nursing

Key Information

• 60 UCAS tariff points from at least two subjects studied to A2 (preferably including a Science subject), or a relevant Level 3 vocational diploma (dependent on grades)
• 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English, Maths and Science
• Applicants must have successfully completed four weeks work experience prior to the start of the programme

Due to the specific requirements of the course Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) will not be permitted.

Applicants will only be offered an interview with evidence they have completed 2 of the 4 weeks work experience that is required as part of the course conditions. In addition, candidates will be required to complete a suitability questionnaire.

Applicants are also subject to college Fitness to Practise procedures at the point of admissions, and are available on the college website under Veterinary Nursing programmes. Further guidance around Fitness to Practise can be found at: https://www.rcvs.org.uk/news-and-views/news/new-fitness-to-practise-guidance-for-student-veterinary-nurses/

Upon successful completion of this course students apply to enter the RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses. Graduates may apply to study the BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing programme.

Progression onto BSc Animal studies routes is also facilitated for those wishing to pursue alternative career paths such as Animal Behaviour.

UK, Isle of Man and Channel Isles Students on BSc Honours Degree/ BSc Ordinary Degree/ BSc Top up/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree/ Higher National Diploma – £9,000

The placement year carries a reduced tuition fee and student maintenance loan.

Non-Home (Overseas Students) on Honours Degree/ Ordinary Degree/ Foundation Degree/ Extended Foundation Degree – £14,000

Prior to commencing the programme applicants are required to complete four weeks (20 days) work experience within a veterinary practice which is supported with references.

Upon commencement of the programme student placements within an RCVS training practice (TP) are secured in preparation for the 2nd year of study. During this placement year students are assigned a Clinical Coach within the training practice, this professional mentor is a Registered Veterinary Nurse or Veterinary Surgeon. This individual coaches the student through the skills acquisition during this year. In addition, whilst in placement students are supported by both an assigned practice visitor and a course manger through a tutorial programme.

A variety of assessment modes are used across the programme, including written assessments, Examination, presentations, professional discussions and Practical examinations.

University Centre Askham Bryan boasts a well equipped mock, clinical veterinary environment to support the development of practical skills and competencies. Opportunities whist studying with us to experience trips, both within the UK and overseas are offered.

Students on the programme are required to be equipped with the following:

  • Stationery


  • Fob watch
  • Stethoscope
  • Nurses tunic (green and white stripped)
  • Lab coat

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