BSc (Hons)

Veterinary Nursing Science (Top Up)

Vet Nursing students with dog
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Part-time (day)
  • Location: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 2 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

This course is aimed at experienced qualified veterinary nurses with a level 5 qualification and at graduates from the FdSc Veterinary Nursing course. It allows you to develop your academic qualification to the level of an honours degree, widening your career options and earning potential in the veterinary sector.

Why choose this course?

  • The course is delivered via blended learning, with specific attendance days.
  • You will have access to our purpose-built Veterinary Nursing Centre and Animal Unit on our stunning Brackenhurst Campus.
  • You'll be taught by our Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) registered veterinary nurses and veterinary surgeons.
  • Widen your career options in the veterinary sector with a further qualification and greater experience and understanding of the area.

What you'll study

Having developed your skills as a veterinary nurse on an FdSc Veterinary Nursing course, this top-up degree will increase the depth of your knowledge in both first and second opinion practices.

It will also increase awareness of issues relating to global veterinary medicine and the importance of evidence-based evaluation. You will acquire greater knowledge and experience in the:

  • analysis of animal disease in the UK and abroad
  • critical care and rehabilitation in second opinion practices
  • critical evaluation of the management of medical and surgical cases

You will also gain the knowledge and skills needed to undertake a clinical coach role.

  • Modules

    Animal Rehabilitation Therapies

    Evaluate the use of therapeutic and rehabilitation techniques, and the design of rehabilitation programmes for animals.

    Advanced Anaesthesia Techniques

    Improve your anaesthetic monitoring, pain management, critical care nursing skills and gain the confidence to tackle challenging anaesthetic patients. You will develop your problem solving skills using case based learning and have the opportunity to practice practical skills in the simulated veterinary practice.

    Global Animal Disease

    Raise your awareness of global veterinary medicine and the different practice environments, and develop your critical thinking and analytical approach to animal disease.

    Advanced Nursing Practice

    Focus on problem-solving skills and the use of research to approach complex cases. You’ll develop evidence-based and holistic care techniques. You will also gain the knowledge and skills needed to undertake a clinical coach role.

    Evidence Based Veterinary Nursing Project (equivalent to a dissertation)

    You will have the option to undertake either two comprehensive case reports from your clinical practice, or conduct a review of the current veterinary nursing evidence available for a topic of your choice. Alternatively you may opt to undertake a research project.

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

The course uses a variety of assessment techniques to ensure that you can demonstrate the range of learning outcomes. Subject knowledge and understanding are mainly tested through assignments, reports, projects, presentations and case studies.

As this course is delivered through blending learning, it is essential that you have reliable internet access.

You'll be taught by our RCVS-registered veterinary nurses and veterinary surgeons, supported by visiting professionals and specialists.

Careers and employability

This degree has been developed in consultation with our industry partners to develop skilled graduates for positions in referral practices and veterinary hospitals, as well as roles such as supervision of hospital wards and training of other nursing or support staff.

The course also opens up opportunities outside of veterinary practices, such as in research establishments, laboratories, universities, colleges, zoos, pharmaceutical companies, breeding and boarding establishments, pet food companies and rehabilitation centres.

Alternatively you may wish to pursue a career overseas, where there is a growing demand for UK qualified veterinary professionals in developing countries.

During the course you'll benefit from access to our Animal Unit and Veterinary Nursing Centre, which stimulates a real-life veterinary practice.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • You need to be a registered veterinary nurse (registered with the RCVS prior to enrolment); and
  • have completed the FdSc Veterinary Nursing degree; or
  • have completed a 240 credit foundation degree; or
  • have completed a Level Five or equivalent qualification.

You will also need to:

  • undertake an interview with a lecturer.

If you are unsure whether the qualifications you have, or are currently studying for, meet the minimum entry requirements for this course, please contact us before submitting an 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.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions. You can apply for this course throughout the year.

Writing your application

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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.

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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.

What do the course fees cover?

All mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most 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 textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

As part of the course, students will be expected to undertake a work placement. Students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

As this course is delivered by blended learning, it is essential for participation in the course that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer that has a reliable internet connection and suitable operating system to ensure you can fully interact with all of the learning resources.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Getting in touch

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

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

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