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BSc (Hons) 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.

Qualify as a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Registered Veterinary Nurse. Benefit from outstanding facilities and strong industry partnerships. Uncover new knowledge with a research-based dissertation and graduate with a full BSc (Hons) degree. 

We're preparing our students to qualify as skilled veterinary nurses, and to help drive forward a vibrant, rewarding and sustainable profession, now and for the future. You’ll benefit from outstanding facilities, an experienced and skilled teaching team, and exceptional industry connections.

We're home to a dedicated Veterinary Nursing Clinical Skills centre, where you'll apply theory to practice in a supported setting. Alongside this, we boast a livery yard with over 230 horses, canine and equine therapy centres, and a commercial livestock farm. Students make the most of these facilities to gain experience outside their studies, volunteering as part of our expert teams to further develop their skills.

You’ll benefit from a qualified and experienced teaching team – all RCVS Registered Veterinary Nurses or Registered Equine Veterinary Nurses with industry experience.

In your first year you’ll develop your knowledge in a range of essential areas including anatomy, animal husbandry, pharmacy management, patient care and professional practice.

Alongside this, you’ll prepare for your second-year of clinical work placement in an approved RCVS veterinary nursing training practice, which will be supported by your clinical coach and clinical tutor.

Your third year offers a fantastic opportunity for you to advance your veterinary nursing knowledge and skills in areas such as anaesthesia, surgical nursing and diagnostic skills.

Your degree will culminate with a research-based dissertation in an agreed subject, a module in clinical coaching and optional modules to suit your interests. Students have the opportunity to co-publish research with lecturers and present at industry conferences.

Industry opportunities

In your second year you’ll complete a work-based clinical placement (currently 1,800 hours) in an RCVS-approved veterinary nursing training practice, which will allow you to develop and gain competence in core clinical skills, ready for qualifying as a Registered Veterinary Nurse. We have excellent partnerships with UK based veterinary practices - many of our students get their graduate roles with their placement provider.

You could also gain industry experience in our Equine Therapy Centre, working alongside vets and para-professionals to rehabilitate horses from injury or illness.

This course is ideal for those who...

Are passionate about working as a veterinary nurse whilst improving industry practices through evidence-based research.


This programme comprises of different modules, which focus on specific subjects. The modular structure of the programme gives you flexibility and choice and you can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before having to finally decide which ones you wish to study.

Learning and assessment

You'll be assessed through a mixture of written 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.


Our veterinary nursing programmes are accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). On graduation, you’ll be eligible to join the RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses and practise as a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

Due to the professional nature of this programme, you will incur some additional costs. Please see the course information sheet for details.

Before applying, please read the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Disability Guidance on the Recruitment of Veterinary Nurse Students.

Graduate destinations

  • Veterinary Nurse
How to apply for this course

Course Duration

4 Year
4 Year course
Course type:
Full Time
Part-time study options available

Entry Requirements

A typical offer for this course is:

UCAS tariff points | 96 UCAS tariff points or equivalent.

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

A Level | Typical offer is BBC-CCC or equivalent. This must include a minimum of two A Levels including A Level Biology.

Vocational award | Typical offer is a DMM-MMM in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject.

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

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.

Successful students will need to obtained at least two weeks work experience in a UK veterinary practice.

The minimum offer for this course is:

UCAS tariff points | 80 UCAS tariff points or equivalent, providing this is combined with relevant experience.

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

Why study Veterinary Nursing at Hartpury University?

Graduate as a qualified veterinary nurse on an RCVS-accredited course. You’ll be at the forefront of industry through our strong links with veterinary practices. You'll also develop the critical research skills needed to contribute to the evidence-base underpinning veterinary nursing.

Our veterinary nursing programmes are accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). This means that on graduation, you’ll be eligible to join the RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses and practise as a qualified veterinary nurse.

You’ll benefit from a campus with specialisms in animal, equine and agricultural science. We have over 70 different species on-site including exotic and domestic animals, livestock on our commercial farm and horses in our internationally-renowned equine centre.

Key information

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    Please note that some courses have additional fees - please see the course information sheet (available above) to see specific fee information for this course.

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  • University accommodation

    At Hartpury you could choose to live on campus surrounded by Gloucestershire’s beautiful countryside or off campus in the heart of Gloucester City centre.

    Whichever option you go for, you’ll get the best of both worlds.

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