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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 (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.


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

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)

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

Year 3

• Advanced 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

Work experience for 2021 entry only*

We appreciate that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and environmental climate, some applicants who are planning to apply to study in academic year 2020-21 (September 2021) may be experiencing difficulties in obtaining the level of work experience we normally require (normally 2 weeks prior to application). Therefore, for those applying in the 2020.21 application cycle only, the following principles will apply:

Prior to application, all applicants should have completed and submitted the following:
• A total of 21 (3 days) hours of work experience (paid or voluntary) in either a veterinary practice, or non-veterinary practice.
• Evidence of wider voluntary work or employment hours undertaken.

By 31 July 2021, all applicants will be required to have fulfilled the following requirements:
• A total of 50 hours (approx. 7 days) of work experience (paid or voluntary) in either a veterinary practice or non-veterinary practice. Of this 50hrs, 14 hours (approx. 2 days)  in environments with live animals

All prior experience completed will be considered towards the total 4-week ( circa.112-hour)  requirement.
All cases will be judged on a case-by-case basis

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/4 or above including English, Maths and Science
• Four weeks’ work experience with suitable references in a veterinary practice to be secured 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:

Further Study

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

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