Skip to main content

Foundation Degree (FdSc) Veterinary Nursing UCAS Code: D310


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 and accrue a minimum of 1800 hours in an approved training practice. Placements will be provided by Askham Bryan College.


Modules of Study Include:

Year 1

• Animal Anatomy and Physiology
• Introduction to Evidence-Based Nursing and Research Methods
• Nutrition and Breeding of Domesticated Animals
• Process and Practice of a Veterinary Business
• Supporting Sick Animals
• Diagnostics for Veterinary Practice
• Surgical Nursing and Theatre Practice for Veterinary Nurses Elective Modules (subject to demand)
• Introduction to Equine and Livestock Management
• Introduction to Companion Animal Behaviour

Year 2 (Placement Year)

• Completion of 1800 hours in a training practice (to meet regulatory requirements) and completion of the Nursing Progress Log

Year 3

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

Elective Modules (subject to demand)

• Veterinary Care and Management for Livestock
• Animal Behavioural Therapies


Entry Requirements

• 60 UCAS tariff points from at least two subjects studied to A2 (including a Science subject), or a relevant Level 3 vocational diploma (dependent on grades)
• 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English, Maths and Science
• Four weeks’ work experience with suitable references in a veterinary practice

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.

Further Study

Upon successful completion of this course students may progress into paraprofessional roles that serve the animal health industry.

Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277