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BSc (Hons)

Veterinary Nursing Science (Top Up)

  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Part-time (day)
  • Location: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Starting: September 2020
  • 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 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.

Covid-19 Planning

We will be adopting a range of blended teaching and learning techniques including online and face-to-face (where practical) to ensure that students can meet their learning outcomes in full. We will respond proactively to any national or local policy changes (including lock down) to ensure student safety as our primary concern whilst continuing to focus on offering a comprehensive student academic experience and will work flexibly with our students to ensure they are not disadvantaged by Covid 19.

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.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

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

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

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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.

Getting in touch

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

Tel: +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 most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

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 and other non-compulsory opportunities, in the UK and abroad, may also be offered, and these will be charged at full cost to students. A valid passport and any associated visas will also be required for field trips outside of the UK.


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 be expected to provide their own appropriate fieldwork clothing.

All students will also be expected to provide their own wellingtons or working boots, overalls, nurse shoes and NTU vet nursing scrubs (approx. cost £15) as well as having a valid RCVS membership (currently £185, subject to change).

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