(Level 3 Diploma)
About This Course
Why Choose this course?
The Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing is offered on either a part time or full time basis and is designed to prepare students for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing Examinations.
Upon successful completion of the qualification, students will be qualified veterinary nurses and be able to register with the RCVS.
Students will be expected to attend the programme on a full time basis for two years. This will be divided between time spent in the classroom and periods of training on placement in veterinary practice. The College will find the placement for the students. Students are not ordinarily paid whilst on placement and will to fund their travel costs to and from their placement.
Students are not required to be employed to start this programme. Students will spend a significant amount of time on work placement in suitable veterinary practices as part of the programme of study.
The syllabus covers a wide range of topics which veterinary nurses encounter during their working week, for example:
- Understanding the operational requirements of a veterinary practice
- Professional relationships and communication for veterinary nursing practice
- Comparative functional anatomy for veterinary nursing practice
- Applied animal welfare, health and husbandry for veterinary nurses
- Infection control in veterinary practice
- Understanding the essentials of veterinary nursing care for hospitalised animals
- Essentials of practical veterinary nursing care for hospitalised animals
- Supporting the supply of veterinary medicines
- Veterinary nursing support of diagnostic imaging
- Veterinary nursing support of laboratory diagnostics
- Supporting veterinary operating theatre practice
- Principles of supporting veterinary anaesthesia
- Preparing for professional registration
- Practical monitoring of small animal veterinary anaesthesia
- Principles of peri-operative veterinary nursing support for small animals
- Practical peri-operative veterinary nursing support for small animals
- Principles of veterinary nursing support for sick small animals
- Practical veterinary nursing support of sick small animals
- Principles of small animal veterinary nursing emergency and critical care
Students will have the opportunity to work towards Functional Skills as part of the course
Students will be assessed using the following methods:
- RCVS external multiple choice question papers via e-assessment
- RCVS OSCE examination (practical examination)
- Work-based progress log (Nursing Progress Log)
- Independently assessed assignments
Progression & Employment Prospects
Successful completion of the examinations and Nursing Progress Log will enable students to register with the RCVS as a qualified veterinary nurse and use the post nominals RVN after their name. Entry in the VN register allows veterinary nurses, by law, to practise as a veterinary nurse under veterinary direction. Registered Veterinary Nurses may choose to remain in general practice or use their qualification to develop their career into other related areas such as academia, research or the pharmaceutical industry.
You may wish to continue your studies by undertaking the BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing Top Up Degree in Edinburgh