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Veterinary Nursing FdSc

  • Level(s) of Study: Foundation degree
  • UCAS Code(s): D312
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • Duration: Three years full-time including a learning in the workplace year
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

This foundation degree combines a solid grounding in scientific theory with technical and practical learning. It is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), enabling successful graduates to register as fully qualified veterinary nurses. The course covers all elements of a veterinary nurse’s role, including the provision of skilled supportive care for sick animals; undertaking theatre work, laboratory diagnostic tests and radiography; assisting in consultation rooms; ordering medication; and ward work, including the general care and treatment of in-patients.

If you have any questions about our Veterinary Nursing course, you can now chat to our experienced lecturers and course leaders through Unibuddy.

During your course you will have opportunities to attend various CPD days, the Nottingham Trent University congress and also visit specialist veterinary practices. Our CPD days will give you the opportunity to practice practical skills, attend lectures from professional experts and have one-to-one tutorials with your course tutors. Our Nottingham Trent University congress includes a variety of sessions from external veterinary practitioners.

  • It integrates work experience in an RCVS approved veterinary training practice with the underpinning teaching at the University.
  • Your work placement will take place over the three years of the course. There will be periods of work placement during the first and second years with your final year being completely in a veterinary practice.
  • Your work placements will take place in RCVS approved veterinary training practices. You will be eligible to register with the RCVS as an RVN on graduation from the FdSc Veterinary Nursing course.
  • We're ranked 3rd for number of undergraduate international students studying Animal Science (HESA, 2019/20). We're ranked 3rd for number of year-long placement undergraduates studying Animal Science (HESA, 2019/20). We're ranked 3rd for number of undergraduate students on sandwich courses studying Animal Science (HESA, 2019/20).

Course accreditation

  • RCVS accreditation logo

What you’ll study

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Accreditation

The University is accredited with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) so completion of the course may entitle you to become a registered veterinary nurse without having to take any further external examinations. You will also complete a portfolio of evidence with a Nursing Progress Log within the workplace, which is assessed externally. This work enables you to achieve the RCVS day one competencies and skills: the essential competencies required at graduation.

Animal Husbandry

Learn essential husbandry and management skills required to care for a range of animals competently within a veterinary practice and how to provide client support.

Introduction to Animal Disease

Gain an understanding of the causes of disease, the function of the animal immune system and influences of management on animal health.

Applied Functional Anatomy

Gain a broad understanding of animal structure and function across a range of species, and of how this applies to clinical practice.

Essential Veterinary Nursing Skills

You’ll begin to develop your knowledge of practical aspects of healthcare, including physical examination techniques, and basic nursing and laboratory skills.

Practice Administration and Communication Skills

You’ll learn essential skills for working in a veterinary practice. These include legal and professional regulations, teamwork, the roles and responsibilities of practice staff, time management, and organisational and communication skills.

Essential Practical Nursing

Develop your practical skills in a safe environment before undertaking a work placement in an approved veterinary training practice.

Application of Clinical Veterinary Nursing 1 and 2

You’ll develop vocational skills and gain an understanding of basic pharmacology, and disease processes, enabling you to meet the RCVS requirements to become a qualified nurse.

Anaesthesia and Theatre Practice

Learn how to prepare for surgical procedures and assist within the surgical suite including maintenance and recovery of patients, and, anaesthetic induction and maintenance.

Diagnostic Aids

Learn how to prepare patients for, and conduct, diagnostic procedures, and how to recognise abnormal test results.

Applied Practical Nursing

Develop your practical skills in a safe environment before undertaking the final year work placement in an approved training practice.

FdSc Veterinary Nursing Placement (approximately 36-week work placement)

Undertake a work placement in an approved veterinary training practice. You’ll also attend CPD days at the University to enhance your learning, and to prepare you for your final practical examinations.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Matthew Hall

Veterinary Nursing

The Veterinary Nursing course will teach you everything you need to know to be a Vet Nurse. It involves a mixture of theory and practical based learning and often has a practical session to go with the theory that is taught.

Emily Macnish

Veterinary Nursing

The veterinary nursing team are truly incredible. They have unlimited time for each individual student and will help and direct you to help for any situation you find yourself in. They are all very creative and make lectures and practicals fun.

Aaron Jones

Veterinary Nursing

The course tutors are all really nice, helpful, and approachable. Most of, if not all, our tutors still spend a fair amount of time in veterinary practice, also, so there’s really nobody better to teach us.

Sammie Baxter

Veterinary Nursing

All the course tutors are very friendly and helpful! The fact that all of our tutors are either veterinary nurses or surgeons means that you’re learning from the people who have hands on experience in your field of work so they understand things more in depth.

Josh Buck

Veterinary Nursing

The course has a lot to offer. It is full of excellent and relevant content that is explained in ways that are easy to understand.

Amy Roberts

Veterinary Nursing

I would definitely recommend this course to future students, it incorporates good theoretical skills learned at University with practical skills gained in placement.

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How you’re taught

You will be taught through a variety of methods including group seminars, lectures and practical sessions.

You’ll be taught by our RCVS-registered veterinary nurses and veterinary surgeons during your course. Visiting professionals and specialists will also support your learning.

During the course, you’ll spend a significant amount of time on work placements within approved small animal veterinary training practices. This will allow you to develop your skills further within the veterinary industry. You will also attend CPD days in Year Three at the University in preparation for the final year practical exams.

Contact hours

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (64%), placement (13%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (21%), independent study (55%), placement (24%)
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (0%), independent study (0%), placement (100%)

Staff Profiles

Heather Imrie

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Heather Imrie

Victoria Strong

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

Animal & Equine Science

Dr Strong is a Senior Lecturer in Animal Science and Veterinary Nursing. She currently teaches across the Animal, Zoo and Veterinary Nursing degree programmes at NTU on a variety of

How you’re assessed

  • Year 1 coursework (27%), written (56%), practical (17%)
  • Year 2 coursework (33%), written (35%), practical (32%)
  • Year 3 coursework (66%), written (0%), practical (34%)

Careers and employability

Your career development

After graduation, you are eligible to register with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) if you fulfil the requirements of both NTU and the RCVS. Our graduates gain employment in veterinary hospitals, practices or referral centres. In addition, you’ll be able to pursue a career in the allied veterinary industries. Opportunities exist in research and academia, pet food and medical supply companies, the pharmaceutical industry, and animal welfare organisations.

You can also progress on to the BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing Science (final year top-up) course.

Excellent placement opportunities

Learning in the workplace will take place throughout the course. 

The work placements will be within approved training veterinary practices. These placements will facilitate your development of employment skills and provide you with the opportunity to apply your acquired skills and knowledge. In addition, you will achieve a greater depth of understanding and be able to develop your practical skills to enable you to achieve the RCVS Day One Competencies and Skills and complete the required Nursing Progress Log.

We will support you in finding placement through our network of affiliated veterinary practices. You may wish to return to practices closer to home and we endeavour to support you to ensure that the practices chosen are regulated to the same standards as our affiliated practices.

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Campus and facilities

The Veterinary Nursing Centre

The Veterinary Nursing Centre houses a simulated practice, which allows practical experience in a safe environment before students go into veterinary practice. Students studying Veterinary Nursing also access our Animal Unit to gain experience in handling a range of species.

You can train on a variety of equipment such as multi-parameter patient monitor, endoscope, ECG machine, simulation x-ray machines.

The Veterinary Nursing Centre includes:

  • a reception where you’ll be assessed on providing clients with relevant information on recommended animal feed, worming and flea treatment along with issuing over the counter medication.
  • a dispensary where you can practice calculating dosage rates and dispensing drugs for patients.
  • a consultation room with a fully equipped room for pet clinics and client interaction where you can practice major aspects of the veterinary nursing role, such as discharging animals from surgery care and giving owners advice on the general husbandry and welfare of their pets. Support in this training environment is provided by visiting professionals.
  • X-ray machines and Tin Canis dog-skeleton models which allow you to practice positioning dogs and other animals for X-rays.
  • a laboratory including microscopes and diagnostic tests that help identify abnormal parameters.There is also a selection of other industry standard surgery equipment.
  • a hospital with kennel facilities which allow you to learn the different cleaning and setup techniques required for the array of species and diseases seen in veterinary practice.
  • a full surgery preparation area which includes ECG monitoring, drug administration, instrument preparation, and two fully functioning anaesthetic machines.
  • a theatre where you will be taught surgical scrub techniques and aseptic instrument trolley set up. You will also learn how to handle instruments correctly and assist the veterinary surgeon with specific operations and procedures.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 64 UCAS Tariff points from up to three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade C equivalent in a Science subject. Accepted Science subjects for this course include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human Biology, Zoology and Psychology. Please note General Studies is excluded; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - MPP, including relevant Science modules (including a Merit in Biology, Anatomy and Physiology and a Merit in one of the following units: Nutrition, Breeding, Animal Health, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Scientific Methods or Stats and IT; and
  • GCSEs - English Language and Maths grade C / 4.
  • You will also need:

  • A total of two weeks' (70 hours) work experience, completed after September 2019:
    • One week of experience gained in relevant companion animal industries (e.g. rescue centres, pet shops, kennels or catteries). This must be completed prior to application; and
    • A minimum of one week (35 hours) in a small animal veterinary practice in the UK; or
    • Certified completion of the University of Nottingham's online work experience course, plus one day's work experience in a small animal veterinary practice in the UK. This must be completed prior to 31 July 2022.

You will also be required to attend an interview.

If you are not offered a place on this course, you may be offered a place on an alternative course.

Applicants without A-levels will have their applications assessed for subject compatibility.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • 64 UCAS Tariff points from up to three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade C equivalent in a Science subject. Accepted Science subjects for this course include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human Biology, Zoology and Psychology. Please note General Studies is excluded; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - MPP, including relevant Science modules (including a Merit in Biology, Anatomy and Physiology and a Merit in one of the following units: Nutrition, Breeding, Animal Health, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Scientific Methods or Stats and IT; and
  • GCSEs - English Language and Maths grade C / 4.
  • You will also need:

  • A total of two weeks' (70 hours) work experience, completed after September 2019:
    • One week of experience gained in relevant companion animal industries (e.g. rescue centres, pet shops, kennels or catteries). This must be completed prior to application; and
    • A minimum of one week (35 hours) in a small animal veterinary practice in the UK; or
    • Certified completion of the University of Nottingham's online work experience course, plus one day's work experience in a small animal veterinary practice in the UK. This must be completed prior to 31 July 2022.

You will also be required to attend an interview.

If you are not offered a place on this course, you may be offered a place on an alternative course.

Applicants without A-levels will have their applications assessed for subject compatibility.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Undergraduate preparation courses (Foundation)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Foundation courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Advanced standing (starting your undergraduate degree in year 2 or 3)

You may be able to start your undergraduate course in year 2 or 3 based on what you have studied before.  This decision would be made in accordance with our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which some students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential text books are available both in paper format at the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library, and also in online access format.

Field trips

You will be charged a maximum of £60 for any compulsory residential trips in the UK. Non-residential day excursions are included in the tuition fee; other non compulsory opportunities, in the UK and abroad, may also be offered and these will be charged at additional cost to students. All students will be expected to provide their own appropriate fieldwork clothing. A valid passport and any associated visas and vaccinations will also be required for field trips outside of the UK.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Other costs

All students will also be expected to provide their own wellingtons or working boots, overalls, nurse shoes and NTU veterinary nursing scrubs (approx. cost £20) as well as enrolling as a student veterinary nurse with the RCVS (currently £202, but the expectation is that this will increase in subsequent years). You will receive information on how to pay for your NTU veterinary nursing scrubs and RCVS student veterinary nurse enrolment prior to starting the course.

Tuition fees for September 2022 entry

Mode of study

International tuition fee

Full-time

£15,600

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which some students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential text books are available both in paper format at the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library, and also in online access format.

Field trips

You will be charged a maximum of £60 for any compulsory residential trips in the UK. Non-residential day excursions are included in the tuition fee; other non compulsory opportunities, in the UK and abroad, may also be offered and these will be charged at additional cost to students. All students will be expected to provide their own appropriate fieldwork clothing. A valid passport and any associated visas and vaccinations will also be required for field trips outside of the UK.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Other costs

All students will also be expected to provide their own wellingtons or working boots, overalls, nurse shoes and NTU veterinary nursing scrubs (approx. cost £20) as well as enrolling as a student veterinary nurse with the RCVS (currently £202, but the expectation is that this will increase in subsequent years). You will receive information on how to pay for your NTU veterinary nursing scrubs and RCVS student veterinary nurse enrolment prior to starting the course.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

You will need to add details of the required work experience in your personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

You can apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not applying to any other UK universities, you can apply directly to us on our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Advice on writing a good personal statement

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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