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FdSc Veterinary Nursing

For 2020 start

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.

Approximate Additional Costs: 

  • Optional hoodie £15
  • Local trips £20
  • Year 2 study tour £100
  • Text books £120
  • Stationary as required

Possible Progression (subject to availability) 

– BSc (Hons) Animal Conservation Science (final year/Level 6) at University of Plymouth

– BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour & Welfare (entry at Level 5) at University of Plymouth

– BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Health Level 6 at Duchy Stoke Climsland

Possible Careers

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

Please note: If you need to repeat the module containing the OSCE (final practical exam) a fee will be charged to cover the teaching and the exam itself, currently this is £550.

Key Facts

  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
  • Fees: Fees Explained
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required (specific unit grades may be requested). Access to HE Diplomas in a relevant subject - 45 credits at level 3 (specific unit grades may be requested). Plus at least 5  GCSEs at grade C/4 or above,  including English language,  mathematics and science:  alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply              .

Each candidate should have at least 4 weeks of Veterinary Practice work experience (can be voluntary) in a Small Animal or mixed Veterinary Practice.  At least 2 weeks of the work experience must be completed prior to interview and at least a further 2 weeks of work experience should be completed prior to the 1st August in the year of application.

The work experience should be completed in the 18 months prior to the start of the programme. References will be required for the 4 weeks of work experience.

A Veterinary Nursing Placement (2 days per week for the duration of the course) is required for admittance onto the programme (can be voluntary).  Before enrolling you must attend an interview at Duchy College.

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Course Documents

FdSc Veterinary Nursing Handbook (2019-2020)
FdSc Veterinary Nursing Module Appendix Handbook (2019-20)


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

Start Date





4 years full-time

*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. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.

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