Qualify and be eligible to join the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons register of Veterinary Nurses whilst working in practice. Specialise in equine or small animal veterinary nursing. Graduate with a university-level qualification.
This two-year course - the only one of its kind in the UK - provides a fantastic opportunity for you to achieve a university-level qualification (other nursing qualifications are college/further education-level) whilst qualifying as an RCVS-approved veterinary nurse.
You'll be supported to complete your qualification as a confident veterinary nurse and academic graduate. Students gain the skills and knowledge needed to progress into nursing, coaching and leadership roles with a practice or referral hospital.
Alongside developing skills to provide outstanding nursing care, you'll learn how to evaluate and apply research to what you do, using the latest scientific findings to problem-solve and change ways of working for the better.
You’ll benefit from outstanding facilities, including a veterinary nursing clinical skills centre, equine and canine therapy centres, a commercial farm and over 70 animals species on campus. Our teaching team are qualified and experienced – all RCVS-registered veterinary nurses.
In terms of course content, you'll work with a range of animals - domestic and non-domestic - or horses to develop your knowledge of anatomy, husbandry, patient care, clinical and study skills. You'll also study pharmacy management, diagnostics, surgical nursing and anaesthesia, applying what you learn to practice each step of the way.
The programme is fully accredited by the RCVS veterinary nursing regulatory body. You will need to be working in an RCVS-approved practice, and will attend Hartpury regularly for your training. Completion will give eligibility to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Veterinary Nursing Register and allow you to legally practice as a Registered Veterinary Nurse.*
Prior to applying for this programme, please ensure you read the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Disability Guidance on the Recruitment of Veterinary Nurse Students.
Due to the professional nature of this programme, students will incur some additional costs. See course information sheet for details.
Diploma in Veterinary Nursing Bursary
We're currently offering a £3,000 bursary to eligible candidates for each year of study. This entitles students to a discount of £6,000 from the total cost of tuition fees spanning two years, making each year of study just £6,250.
You’ll need to be working in a RCVS-approved veterinary nursing training practice while studying this course. You'll spend a minimum of four days each week in your practice, supported by your clinical coach and personal tutor; your learning will be delivered on campus for one day each week. In addition to this you'll also complete between 3 and 5 hours of learning per week via our virtual learning hub.
This course is ideal for those who...
Have experience working alongside RCVS-registered veterinary nurses and want to qualify as a veterinary nurse while working in practice.
This programme comprises of different modules, which focus on specific subjects.
Learning and assessment
You will be assessed through a mixture of written and oral exams, practical exams and coursework. Many of the modules will be marked based on a mixture of assessment types, whilst others will be based solely on one type of assessment.
Completion of this programme will give you eligibility to join the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Veterinary Nursing Register and allow you to practise as a Registered Veterinary Nurse.