Course: BSc Honours Veterinary Nursing Top-Up Degree (Edinburgh Napier University)

BSc Honours Veterinary Nursing Top-Up Degree (Edinburgh Napier University)

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Course Overview

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This programme will not be recruiting in 2021. This degree programme – awarded by Edinburgh University and delivered in conjunction with The College of Animal Welfare – gives diploma level registered veterinary nurses the opportunity to top-up their qualification to a BSc Honours Veterinary Nursing degree.

Depending on your previous qualifications, the course can be taken on a part time, full time or distance learning basis – allowing you to continue both working and studying simultaneously.

Earning a degree in veterinary nursing puts you in an excellent position professionally, opening up many additional opportunities such as post graduate training in a specialist area such as physiotherapy, or employment prospects in teaching, research and practice management!

Key Facts

  • Applications: This programme will not be recruiting in 2021
  • Attendance: Full time, part time or distance learning.
  • Duration: Full time study – 2 years; Part time study – 4 years; Distance Learning –2 years
  • Start Date: September
  • Location: Students attending taught lessons will be based primarily at the new, state-of-the-art, Sighthill campus of Edinburgh Napier University with access to The College of Animal Welfare’s facilities at South Gyle.
Course Content

Core modules include:

  • Pharmacology
  • Specialised Veterinary Nursing
  • Veterinary Nursing Care of Exotic Species
  • Veterinary Nursing Elective Practice
  • Veterinary Nursing Honours Project

Optional modules may include:

  • Clinical Decision Making
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Veterinary Pathology
  • Life of Mammals
  • The Reflective Practitioner
  • Veterinary Nursing Honours Project. Students undertake a small research project from the veterinary nursing field in an area of their interest.


You will be assessed by various different means including projects, essays and exams.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be registered veterinary nurses. The amount of credits that you will receive for your current qualification will depend on the route in which you qualified.

All potential applicants will attend an informal interview where full guidance will be provided as to how many credits your qualification will be awarded.

Course Fees

More information regarding fees can be obtained from Edinburgh Napier University.

What Next?

Topping up your veterinary nurse qualifications to a vet nursing degree opens up many new opportunities and expands your career prospects. For instance, you could consider pursuing post graduate training in a specialist area such as physiotherapy or behaviour – or study veterinary nursing at a post graduate level. Alternatively, you could consider finding employment in teaching, research or practice management. Our job board advertises a range of VN jobs within both veterinary nursing and related industries, if you’re looking for a place to start.

CAW Connect

After you complete your studies with The College of Animal Welfare, you will be invited to join our alumni association, CAW Connect. CAW Connect is a social networking website and education hub which gives you the opportunity to connect with other alumni, enjoy industry discounts, make use of exclusive careers advice and resources, find new job opportunities and keep up-to-date with the latest industry news. Find out more about CAW Connect


“The programme is very flexible and can easily fit in around my schedule. I have chosen how many modules to take each semester and have had a choice of different subjects too. Most of the modules I have picked have been online, meaning I can access all my course materials from home and do it around work. It was important to me to be able to work while doing the course. All the online modules have also been very easy to follow and well structured. They work well for me as I have got a full-time job now. The support from the module leaders has been great.” Read the case study
Rebecca Sjoberg

“Although partaking in the programme while in full-time employment is intensive and challenging, the provision of high quality online lectures and the continued support from all the staff involved in the programme has allowed me to imply a flexible, independent learning experience suitable for me. I am now over half way through the programme and although the workload and commitment required is not for the faint hearted, I feel that the entire process has been one which I would be happy to recommend to others and to repeat myself for future studies.” Read the case study
Tara Roche


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