FdSc Veterinary Nursing* -

FdSc Veterinary Nursing*

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

Course Details

  • Department

    Veterinary Nursing
  • Qualification

    Level 4
  • 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 diversify their degree programmes with 2 elective options at each level. The programme requires an extended period 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 placement opportunities provided by University Centre, Askham Bryan.

Assessments will be varied and provide students with opportunity to develop their written, verbal and practical skills, whilst preparing them for the modern-day veterinary practice.


Year 1 Modules

  • Clinical Care and Nursing Support
  • Radiography and Laboratory Diagnostics
  • Surgical Nursing and Introduction to Anaesthesia
  • Veterinary Nursing Professionalism and Research
  • Applied Animal Anatomy and Physiology

Elective Modules (subject to demand)

  • Introduction to Exotic Animal Nursing
  • Introduction to Animal Behaviour


Year 2 Placement Year

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

Year 3 Modules

  • Preparing for Professional Registration
  • Practice Management and Leadership
  • Anaesthesia and Pharmacy for Veterinar Nurses
  • Nursing the Medical Patient
  • Independent Research Project

Elective Modules (subject to demand)

  • Emergency and Critical Care
  • Introduction to Consulting and Nursing Clinics


Programme Specification for 2022/23 Course

Programme Specification for 2023/24 coming soon


Key Information

A pass (Grade C, or 4) in five subjects to include English Language, Mathematics, and Science at level 2. Good level of spoken english and numeracy required.

Evidence of 90 UCAS tariff points ideally as a result of: at least two subjects studied to A2 level to include preferably a Science related subject (e.g. Biology), or a relevant Level 3 vocational diploma (dependent on grades)

All applicants must have gained a minimum of 4 weeks work experience in total.  At least 2 weeks of this must have been completed within a small animal veterinary practice prior to applying.  The further 2 weeks work experience can either be within a small animal veterinary practice or in an animal related industry.  Satisfactory references must be supplied.


This is a popular course with places limited by the availability of suitable and accessible placements to support the significant work-based placement learning resources requirements. Suitable applicants will be interviewed so that their interest and motivation to study at degree level can be assessed. In addition to the health questionnaires and requested references, to ensure suitability and robustness to the IAG processes, applicants who disclosure circumstances that may affect their abilities to complete the accredited aspects of the programme, will move through an additional screening process via the Fitness to Practise panel. Within the context of this panel, identification of the appropriate additional evidence required to accurately predict applicant’s suitability and ability to complete the accredited parts of the programme will be discussed. As an outcome, and as part of conditions of offer, applicants may be requested to undertake assessment of competence against the RCVS Day One Skills.

Mature students will be considered, but must demonstrate achievement of literacy and numeracy as above and also

After successful completion of an Access to Higher Education programme with a Science base, or
Learning through experience, demonstrated in portfolios or records of achievement, and/or by set learning tasks set at interview, and confirmed by employer reference(s). or
A combination of academic and experiential learning, to be considered on its individual merits.

Overseas Students:
Applicants whose first language is not English must offer evidence of qualifications in written and spoken English. Acceptable qualifications are IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5, or direct equivalents.

The College’s decision to offer a place is based solely on a competitive selection process leading to indications of any given applicant’s suitability for the course and will not discriminate on the grounds of disability or the level of support needed provided that the disability does not compromise the applicant’s ‘Fitness to Practise’ as a registered veterinary nurse – and meeting the professional code of conduct which is available at http://www.rcvs.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/code-of-professional-conduct-for-veterinary-nurses/. The College has its own Fitness to Practise policy, which sets out the expectations and requirements for student studying courses that lead to professional accreditation.

The RCVS Code of Professional Conduct sets out veterinary nurses’ professional responsibilities. This is supporting guidance and provides further advice on the proper and appropriate standards of professional practice.


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


(fees are subject to change and may be split differently in the future)

All applicants must have gained a minimum of 4 weeks work experience in total. At least 2 weeks of this must have been completed within a small animal veterinary practice prior to applying. The further 2 weeks work experience can either be within a small animal veterinary practice or in an animal related industry. Satisfactory references must be supplied.

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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