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Veterinary Nurse Level 3 Standard


Approx. duration: 30 months

Start Date: September and April

Attendance: One day a week at the Rural Campus

Entry requirements: Individual employers will set their selection criteria for applicants.

Entry into the Apprenticeship is subject to a thorough initial assessment to clarify course suitability. You may be required to come for an interview and assessment. It is a requirement to have 5 GCSE’s which include Maths, English and Science at grade 4/C and above.  Apprentices need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week and have a contract of employment.

On-programme learning: 

  • Veterinary Nurse consisting of 18 modules

End-point assessment: Delivered by CQ (Central Qualifications)

Progression:  On successful completion of the End Point Assessment the Apprentice will be awarded the RCVS – accredited Licence to Practise Veterinary Nursing qualification at Level 3. Apprentices achieving this Apprenticeship standard will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the RCVS

Course Summary: Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the need of both the Apprentice and their employer.

Veterinary nursing is the supportive care of animals receiving treatment within a veterinary practice. A veterinary nurse works as a member of the veterinary team, providing expert nursing care for sick animals. Veterinary nurses also play a significant role in educating owners on maintaining the health of their pets. They carry out technical work and are skilled in undertaking a range of diagnostic tests, medical treatments and minor surgical procedures, under veterinary direction. Veterinary Nurses are registered professionals and work within the standards and scope of practice defined by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) RCVS

Institute for Apprenticeships