AVAILABLE BRAND: Duchy College | LEARNING AREAS: Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing COURSES

FdSc Veterinary Nursing

For 2018 start - Available with a Science Gateway qualification

Duchy College Rosewarne LEVEL: 5 Animal Management & Veterinary Nursing

This popular programme provides an ideal graduate-level route into veterinary nursing and successful completion allows registration with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN). The programme is run over three years and is strongly linked to the workplace: you undertake a veterinary nursing placement in practice for two to three days per week in the first and second years and full-time in the third year.

Work-related learning is fully integrated, with 1800 hours of completed veterinary nursing work experience and assessments for the programme relating directly to the veterinary nursing industry.

The modules offered provide a broad education in veterinary nursing of small animals – covering all of the requirements necessary to register as an RVN – as well as in additional areas such as animal behaviour, care and rehabilitation and
animal nutrition.

You will explore current issues in the industry and are encouraged to investigate areas of your interest. A research project is completed in the third year.

The programme is delivered by a team of specialists including veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, animal scientists and zoologists, all of whom have practical industry experience.

Assessment is via assignments, completion of an online nursing progress log and written and practical examinations. All assessment requirements included in the programme must be fulfilled to graduate and then register as a veterinary nurse.


Possible Progression (subject to availability) 

– BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation Science final year at Plymouth University
– BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour & Welfare final year at Plymouth University


Possible Careers

– Registered Veterinary Nurse
– Veterinary Practice Manager
– Pharmaceutical Position
– Nursing Educator or Instructor
– Pet Food Representative

Key Facts

  • Institution codes: DUCHY D55
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-levels or relevant Level 3 qualifications. Plus at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English language, maths and science. Plus four weeks' work experience in a veterinary practice.


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Indicative Module Year 1

  • Maintaining Animal Health
  • Essential Veterinary Nursing Skills
  • Application of Veterinary Nursing Care
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Personal & Employability Skills Development
  • Introduction to Animal Behaviour
  • Care & Rehabilitation

Indicative Module Year 2

  • Diagnostic Methods
  • Current Practice in Veterinary Nursing
  • Theatre Practice & Anaesthesia
  • Large Animal Health & Disease
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Pharmacy

*Modules are subject to change and availability


FdSc Veterinary Nursing

Start Date





3 years full-time

FdSc Veterinary Nursing - with Science Gateway

Start Date





4 years full-time

Extra Information

This option includes an additional Science Gateway year which is ideal if you don’t have the right qualifications to apply for a degree programme straight away. If you are applying for the FdSc Veterinary Nursing - with Science Gateway route on UCAS you will need to use UCAS code: 336J. Please note that when studying the Science Gateway programme, you will be based at Cornwall College Newquay. Tuition fees are £7500 for years one, two and three.

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.

Careers advice available

If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

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