Hartpury University has launched a new veterinary nursing degree equipping graduates with high-level expertise to drive change in the sector in line with the VN Futures Project.
The four-year BSc (Hons) Equine Veterinary Nursing degree at Hartpury – fully accredited by Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) – is designed to produce a higher calibre of veterinary nurse than foundation degrees, top-up courses and apprenticeships alike.
The new degree further enhances Hartpury’s support for the VN Futures Project – a joint initiative led by the RCVS and the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) – aimed at ensuring a vibrant, rewarding and sustainable profession.
It is a sister qualification to the BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing degree at Hartpury, which is also accredited by the RCVS, and will provide graduates with eligibility to join the RCVS Veterinary Nursing Register, meaning they can practice as a veterinary nurse with specialism in equine veterinary nursing.
The new course features teaching modules across a range of areas, including clinical anatomy, professional veterinary nursing practice, surgical nursing, diagnostics and pharmacy management, providing students with flexibility when choosing their future career path.
It will include a placement at an approved RCVS equine veterinary nursing training practice, which helps students gain valuable experience and connections for their careers.
Uniquely to Hartpury, final-year students will be able to further enhance their knowledge in an area of equine veterinary nursing that particularly interests them, which will help them to stand out from the crowd when they graduate.
Students will also benefit from access to Hartpury’s outstanding facilities, including a Veterinary Nursing Clinical Skills Centre and a commercial Equine Therapy Centre, an Equestrian Centre with livery for 230 horses, and an experienced teaching team who are all RCVS Registered Veterinary Nurses or registered equine veterinary nurses with clinical experience.
Catherine Phillips, Head of the Veterinary Nursing Department at Hartpury University, said: “Our new BSc (Hons) Equine Veterinary Nursing degree, accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, will add so much value to the profession as well as to graduate outcomes.
“It has been developed by equine veterinary nursing experts to provide our graduates with the vital clinical skills and knowledge to enjoy a successful and rewarding career in a highly valued profession.
“One of the major benefits of our links with equine veterinary practices and hospitals is that we’re able to provide students with access to a clinical placement at an approved RCVS equine veterinary nursing training practice.
“Undertaken in one continuous block, this will allow our students to develop equine-specific clinical skills and become a valuable part of the veterinary nursing team.
“Our students could also gain experience with more than 70 different animal species on campus, volunteering outside their studies with our animal collection, or as part of our equine and canine therapy centre teams.
“We’re preparing our students to practice as RCVS-qualified veterinary nurses, with the clinical and professional skills they need to provide high-quality nursing care, and to help drive forward a vibrant, rewarding and sustainable profession, now and for the future.
“Our close-knit support network, the experience of our teaching staff, the quality of our degrees, and our excellent relationships with training practices across the UK, will help to prepare our students to make a real difference.”
Hartpury University, home to more than 1,800 students, offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Sport, Equine, Animal, Agriculture and Veterinary Nursing, as well as postgraduate research and PhD qualifications.
The RCVS, the regulatory body for veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses in the UK, is responsible for monitoring the educational, ethical and clinical standards of the veterinary profession.