Veterinary Nursing Apprenticeship Level 3 -

Veterinary Nursing Apprenticeship Level 3

Course Details

  • Department

    Veterinary Nursing
  • Qualification

    Level 3
  • Course Type

    Full Time
  • Length

    2 Years
  • Location(s)

    York

Course at a glance

This course combines practical based skills gained during the apprenticeship and/or employment with academic theory from taught sessions at College. Askham Bryan College does not run an unpaid route for students who are working as volunteers. Students must have secured employment within a veterinary practice or have been offered an apprenticeship position by a training practice.

Entry Requirements

GCSEs

5 GCSEs for Level 3 Diploma (Eng, Maths and Science) grade C or 4s…. (new GCSE grading levels 4 to 9) equivalences will be considered.

Students must have secured employment or an apprenticeship position within a training practice in order to be eligible to enrol on this course.

Students will be required to demonstrate their fitness to practise including the disclosure of any criminal convictions that may affect registration with the RCVS as qualified veterinary nurses.

Cost for students aged Under 19

Free

for students over the age of 19 please contact us

Course summary

Askham Bryan College is an approved centre for vocational training for veterinary nursing.

There is a range of internal and external assessments including assignments, examinations and the RCVS associated Day One Skills List. To meet the professional regulatory requirements, all students must complete a minimum of 1800 hours in an approved training practice. Upon successful completion of all assessment elements, students are entitled to apply to join the RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses and use the post nominal title description of RVN.

Modules of Study Include:

• Understanding the operational requirements of a veterinary practice
• Applied animal welfare, health and husbandry for veterinary nursing
• Veterinary nursing for diagnostic imaging
• Supporting veterinary nursing operating theatre practice
• Preparing for veterinary registration
• Understanding the essentials of veterinary nursing care for hospitalised animals

The course is structured to allow students to spend two days per week working on college work and three days per week in an approved veterinary training practice applying what they have learnt. The course runs for three years (third year within industry). Apprenticeship students will typically enter the gate way for end-point assessment within at 30-36 months.

York

Year 1 – Two days attendance at college.
Year 2 – One day at college, and one day working remotely on college assigned and teaching sessions (home-based).
Year 3 – Assigned to the completion of outstanding assessments, Nursing Progress Log and Mandatory Training Hours.

Gateshead

Year 1 – Two days attendance at college.
Year 2 – Two days attendance at college.
Year 3 – Assigned to the completion of outstanding assessments, Nursing Progress Log and Mandatory Training Hours.

Why Choose Us?

Askham Bryan College is dedicated to animal nursing and veterinary nursing student education. The veterinary nursing department at York has a well-equipped, mock veterinary practice on site, allowing students to develop practical skills.

Students are mentored through the range day one skills to prepare them for the end point assessment (OSCE examinations)

*This does not include poultry, as there is a separate Poultry Technician apprenticeship standard for this.

On successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will be a skilled livestock technician who will continue working on farm in roles such as unit/herd/ flock manager, head stockperson, or choosing to progress to junior management through the next level apprenticeship, or you may choose further study and progress to employment in the allied industries such as breeding services, feeding/nutrition roles.

Key Information

Askham Bryan College is an approved centre for vocational training for veterinary nursing.

There is a range of internal and external assessments including assignments, examinations and the RCVS associated Day One Skills List. To meet the professional regulatory requirements, all students must complete a minimum of 1800 hours in an approved training practice. Upon successful completion of all assessment elements, students are entitled to apply to join the RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses and use the post nominal title description of RVN.
Modules of Study Include:

• Understanding the operational requirements of a veterinary practice
• Applied animal welfare, health and husbandry for veterinary nursing
• Veterinary nursing for diagnostic imaging
• Supporting veterinary nursing operating theatre practice
• Preparing for veterinary registration
• Understanding the essentials of veterinary nursing care for hospitalised animals

The course is structured to allow students to spend two days per week working on college work and three days per week in an approved veterinary training practice applying what they have learnt. The course runs for three years (third year within industry). Apprenticeship students will typically enter the gate way for end-point assessment within at 30-36 months.

 

York

Year 1 – Two days attendance at college.
Year 2 – One day at college, and one day working remotely on college assigned and teaching sessions (home-based).
Year 3 – Assigned to the completion of outstanding assessments, Nursing Progress Log and Mandatory Training Hours.

Gateshead

Year 1 – Two days attendance at college.
Year 2 – Two days attendance at college.
Year 3 – Assigned to the completion of outstanding assessments, Nursing Progress Log and Mandatory Training Hours.

Why Choose Us?

Askham Bryan College is dedicated to animal nursing and veterinary nursing student education. The veterinary nursing department at York has a well-equipped, mock veterinary practice on site, allowing students to develop practical skills.

Students are mentored through the range day one skills to prepare them for the end point assessment (OSCE examinations)

 

The typically duration for this apprenticeship is 12-18 months,

however this would be reduced where an apprentice holds previous experience.

5 GCSEs for Level 3 Diploma (Eng, Maths and Science) grade C or 4s…. (new GCSE grading levels 4 to 9) equivalences will be considered.

Students must have secured employment or an apprenticeship position within a training practice in order to be eligible to enrol on this course.

 

 

Students will be required to demonstrate their fitness to practise including the disclosure of any criminal convictions that may affect registration with the RCVS as qualified veterinary nurses.

 

Employers pay for apprenticeship training, where fees are applicable. We will discuss this with your employer when we complete a set-up with them.

The fees charged for the apprenticeship include any awarding body registration costs, all on-programme teaching, assessment and support delivered by the college, support materials, access to college facilities such as the Learning Resource Centre, Student Moodle, and access to wider college student support services where required.

 

Employers must pay apprentices at least the minimum rate set out by current National Minimum Wage Legislation. This includes payment for all off-job learning and any associated costs such as travel and accommodation.

Information about the National Minimum Wage can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

Employer involvement

Your employer must enable you to spend a minimum of 20% of your usual work hours undertaking off-job learning. This is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of the apprenticeship. This can include training that is delivered at your normal place of work but must not be delivered as part of your normal working duties, and must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship standard.

Off-job learning could include the following:

Teaching of theory such as lectures, role playing, simulation exercises, online learning or manufacturer training

Practical training such as shadowing experienced staff or mentoring, industry visits and attendance at competitions

Study support and time spent writing assessments/assignments

Your employer must commit to supporting you in the workplace, participating in progress review meetings, providing use of ICT facilities so you can access your e-portfolio and agreeing/ensuring your readiness for the End Point Assessment. They may be required to provide further supporting evidence/endorsements about your performance, which form part of the End Point Assessment.

Further details of the End Point Assessment will be made available to you during your induction.

College input

We will support you through regular Apprenticeship Progress Review meetings with you and your manager, provide well planned vocational training and theory delivery by block release model and support your theory learning in the workplace with a range of learning materials.

This programme is delivered at our York Campus on day release basis.

How to apply

Applications should be made using the college application form or via the college website. This form can be found at: https://www.askham-bryan.ac.uk/application/register. www.askham-bryan.ac.uk/application/register

Further information

Further information is available on:

https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/underkeeper

Or, for more information, contact the Apprenticeship Admin team on:

apprenticeships@askham-bryan.ac.uk

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    York is the College's residential campus and is located just four miles from York city centre. At York we offer a full range of subject areas and levels including Apprenticeships, Level 1-3 Diplomas, Foundation, Top Up and BSc Honours Degrees.

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