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Higher Education Diplomas

Diploma in Professional Studies Veterinary Nursing

Benefit from our outstanding facilities, including a veterinary nursing clinical skills area, Equine Therapy Centre, small animal house, hydrotherapy treadmill and pool, and commercial farm.

Two years (Blended learning)

Completion of this blended learning programme would give eligibility to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Veterinary Nursing Register and legally allow you to practice as a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

The unique nature of this programme allows you to study to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse in the context of your training practice, focusing on either small animal or equine veterinary nursing.

Theory sessions are delivered one day per week in college and you will complete a minimum of four hours per week of independent online learning through our innovative virtual learning environment. This programme is suitable for those individuals who are already employed in a veterinary practice and have experience of working alongside registered veterinary nurses.

As a participant in this programme, you’ll benefit from Hartpury’s outstanding facilities, including a veterinary nursing clinical skills area, Equine Therapy Centre, small animal house, hydrotherapy treadmill and pool and commercial farm.

The teaching team are all RCVS Registered Veterinary Nurses with industry experience and the programme is fully accredited by the regulatory body, RCVS. You will be supported by your clinical coach and tutor to complete your Nursing Progress Log in the workplace.

Study topics could include Anatomy, Animal Husbandry, Pharmacy Management and Patient Care and Professional Veterinary Nursing Practice.



How to apply for this course

Entry Requirements

GCSE | A minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded), including English Language, Mathematics and a Science

A Level | Typical offer is CC or equivalent. This must include A Level Biology and excludes General Studies

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects/grades | Typical offer is a MPP in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a biological science subject

We welcome students with equivalent qualifications, including Access and the International Baccalaureate. Contact the admissions team to discuss.

Must have gained have gained full time paid employment (minimum of 35 hours a week) in a RCVS approved veterinary training practice and have support from your employer (usually in the form of a reference).

We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications.

Previous learning towards a university-level qualification or relevant work experience may count as credit for this course. Please contact our admissions team.

Key information

  • Tuition Fees

    Fees for September 2018 entry

    UK: £9,250
    EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
    International: £12,000
    Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

    EU students starting this course in Sept 2018 will be eligible to apply for UK student loans for the duration of their course. 

  • University Finance

    The cost of studying can quickly mount up and our finance team can offer confidential advice on budgeting, information on bursaries, loans and grants, and help you explore what you are entitled to. For information on everything student finance related, click below. 

    You can contact the office by email studentfinance@hartpury.ac.uk or by phone on 01452 702189 or 01452 702190.

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  • University Accommodation

    Whether it is your first time away from home, or you’re a seasoned traveller, there are options to suit you and your lifestyle while studying at Hartpury. 

    You’ll be part of a vibrant and international community of students of all ages, and from many different cultures, who share their experience of life at university together on one campus.

    We have a variety of options to suit different tastes and budgets. Whether you choose to live on or off campus you’ll get the same high standards of facilities and support. You can check out your options by clicking below. 

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Thinking of postgraduate study at Hartpury?

Hartpury University Centre has an outstanding postgraduate employment history of 100% and is skilled at supporting students to progress both their interests and career aspirations. Offering postgraduate qualifications in Equine, Sport, Animal and Veterinary Physiotherapy, Hartpury provides a unique postgraduate experience.