The College of Animal Welfare
Course: BSc Honours Veterinary Nursing Top-Up Degree (Middlesex University)

BSc Honours Veterinary Nursing Top-Up Degree (Middlesex University)

Course overview

This degree programme is awarded by Middlesex University and delivered in conjunction with The College of Animal Welfare. It provides diploma and foundation degree level registered veterinary nurses the opportunity to top-up their qualifications to a BSc Honours Veterinary Nursing degree.

In addition, completion of the pharmacology module culminates in eligibility for Companion Animal Suitable Qualified Person status (C-SQP).

Key Facts

  • Attendance: This programme is delivered predominately by distance learning with minimal classroom attendance required for one module.
  • Duration: Full time study – 2 years; Part time study – 3-4 years
  • Start Date: September 2021
  • Location: Hendon, Huntingdon or Leeds
Course content

Throughout this qualification a variety of modules will be studied each year.

Year One

  • Work based project
  • Evidence Based Veterinary Nursing
  • Legal, Professional & Ethical Aspects of Veterinary Nursing
  • Pharmacology for Veterinary Nursing Practice

Year Two

This consists of a dissertation and three elective modules chosen from the following:

  • Management & Business
  • Nursing Exotics & Wildlife
  • Companion Animal Behaviour & Training
  • Equine Nursing
  • Veterinary Education and Professional Development
  • Applied Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nursing
  • International Veterinary Nursing

Download the course guide to view the syllabus for each module


Assessment consists of a variety of methods including practical exams and assignments.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be registered veterinary nurses with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

Course fees

Fees can be found on the Middlesex University website.

What next?

Topping up your veterinary nurse qualification to degree level opens up many new opportunities. 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.

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


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