More about Amy
“Prior to starting at Nottingham Trent University I had worked as a Veterinary Care Assistant for the PDSA. I really loved the job and wanted to progress further with my career. Starting the FdSc Veterinary Nursing course at NTU seemed like a good way of reaching my ultimate goal of being the best veterinary nurse I could be.
“The course leads to professional registration with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). It is run from the Brackenhurst Campus and involves two years of study. On my placement year I will go out into veterinary practice and work as a Veterinary Nurse, while completing my Nursing Progress Log (NPL), which is a vital part of the course. There’s also the opportunity to do an additional top up year to gain a full BSc with honours.
“I have really enjoyed the Applied Functional Anatomy and Physiology module. I feel that having a good understanding on the physiological and anatomical processes involved in maintaining the health and wellbeing of an animal has helped me understand animal conditions and cases when I completed my summer placement. It has given me a good foundation knowledge to build on when out on placement.
“I would definitely recommend this course to future students, it incorporates good theoretical skills learned at University with practical skills gained in placement. Therefore, you understand the rationale of why things are done the way they are. This allows a deeper knowledge and understanding which is essential to the industry.
“I completed my placement in a tier three, 24 hour hospital which is part of the RCVS accredited hospital scheme. The case load and the facilities were amazing. I got to see and do so much and got a very good idea what life as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) is really like. I think completing this placement has really improved my skill set and will prepare me for the final year placement.
“It is very pleasant being a student at Nottingham Trent University. Brackenhurst is a beautiful campus with a very tranquil atmosphere. It is also good that you are able to use the facilities at other Campuses if you live nearer and are on a study day. The lecturers are very approachable if you have any concerns and there are plenty of other places you can go for support if you need to.
“I felt as though I was in the right place from the start, I never lived on campus but always felt very welcome. I feel I am going in the right direction by taking this course.
“Outside of my studies I have an NTU Active membership and use the gym at Clifton campus. I have also recently joined the Conservation Society at Brackenhurst and hope to get involved with some of their events soon.
“When I graduate I would like to take the top up to gain the full BSc and possibly go on to further study. I want to be the best Vet Nurse I can be and would probably like to work as a specialist or in a second opinion referral practice. I want to be at the top of the profession. I would say there are many skills learned on this course that can be transferred to other jobs or careers even though the course is aimed at students who want to become RVNs.”