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Veterinary Nursing Level 3


This course combines practical based skills gained during the apprenticeship and/or employment with academic theory from taught sessions at College. Askham Bryan does not run a 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.


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

There are a range of internal and external assessments, including assignments, examinations and the RCVS associated Day One Skills List. To complete 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.


Year 1 - Two days attendance at college.
Year 2 - 1 day at college, and 1 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.


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.


For Apprenticeship route please email for more information. Apprenticeship Course Listings


Why Choose Us? 

Askham Bryan College, York, is dedicated to animal nursing and veterinary nursing student education. The veterinary nursing department 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)

Entry Requirements

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.

Further Study

Students who have successfully completed this qualification will enter the register of veterinary nurses and will work in veterinary practice. Those wanting to continue in education can complete specialist qualifications in further and higher education. At Askham Bryan College the structure of this course is currently under review.

Potential Career Pathways:

  • Head veterinary nurse
  • Practice manager
  • Specialist veterinary nurse
  • Sales representative
  • Rehabilitation (i.e. physiotherapy or hydrotherapy)
  • Roles in the pharmaceutical or animal health industry
  • Lecturer

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