Hartpury College

HE Diploma in Professional Studies Veterinary Nursing (Equine and Small Animal)

Course Overview

If you want to pursue a rewarding career as a Veterinary Nurse, this exciting work-based professional studies programme will give you the specialist veterinary nursing knowledge and skills essential for safe and effective practice, and will develop your skills of enquiry and reflection required for lifelong professional learning and development.

Completion of this qualification will make you eligible to register with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and practice as a Registered Veterinary Nurse.  

Students will be employed full time in a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, approved Veterinary Nursing Training Practice allowing you to develop and gain the veterinary nursing ‘day one’ clinical competences and skills.

In addition to gaining your veterinary nursing practical skills in the work place you will attend Hartpury one day per week for formal veterinary nursing lectures and assessments. This programme encompasses elements of blended learning where students will be required to undertake remote academic and interactive learning each week through the Hartpury virtual learning environment.

Hartpury is an RCVS veterinary nursing practical examination centre and the outstanding facilities include a Veterinary Nursing Clinical Skills area, Equine Therapy Centre, small animal house, hydrotherapy treadmill, commercial farm and equine centre.

Entry Requirements


Five GCSEs at Grade C or above to include Mathematics, English and Science

Tariff points range


A level subjects grades

One A2 in Biology

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects grades

MPP in a Biological Science subject

International Baccalaureate

24 Points


Yes - must include biology/biological science subject


You must have gained full time employment (minimum of 35 hours) in an RCVS approved training practice and have support from your employer (usually in the form of a reference).

Non-standard applicants will be welcomed and considered on an individual basis. While the GCSE and employment status is not something which can be negotiated, the academic background can be considered in the context of wider experiences.

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07 Dec 2016 University Open Day Wednesday 7th December 2016

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In Brief


2 Years

Tuition fees

Fees for January 2017 entry

UK / EU students: £9,250 International: £11,250 In order to complete this programme of study you must be aware that some additional costs will be incurred. These will include:

• Enrolment with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) - whilst undertaking your training to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse you are required to enrol as a Student Veterinary Nurse.

• Other additional costs to consider - it is advised that prior to starting the programme you purchase a lab coat, a riding hat, gloves, and footwear suitable for working with horses. The college aims to keep any additional costs to a minimum

When should I apply

You can apply for January 2017 entry now.

How to apply

Please click here and fill in our application form. Please note: you can complete this form on your computer and then print it to send back to us - you are unable to save. We will then contact you to arrange an interview.

You are not required to apply through UCAS

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Course breakdown

The Programme is delivered over two academic years.