Lantra Diploma in Veterinary Nursing - Small Animal Practice Level 3

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Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area
Agriculture and Animal Care



Mode of Study
Mode of Study
Enhanced Part Time Part time learning for 12 hours a week (sometimes more) with availability to grants.

Usk Campus



Discounts may be available
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Please note, all advertised fees are for one year only, unless otherwise stated in the additional information below
Start Date

Start Date
05 September 2023


72 weeks

In a nutshell

If you’re ready to start training as a veterinary nurse, this course will give you the chance to further your career providing nursing care for sick animals. Once you’ve completed the course, you’ll be eligible to register on the veterinary nurses’ register*.

This course is for...

…those who enjoy caring for animals

…anyone working in a small animal veterinary practice

…training as a veterinary nurse

Course content

The course is designed to give you the opportunity to gain practical nursing clinical competency based on an underpinning knowledge of veterinary nursing practice to further your veterinary career. You can then become eligible for entry onto the veterinary nurses' register*. Experts from the field of animal care and veterinary nursing will deliver guest lectures, and you’ll take part in discussion forums and group work.

You’ll need to be fully committed to attending college for one day a week for a total of 36 weeks per year for 2 years, and to carrying out study in your own time. You’ll be assessed through:

  • Group critiques
  • Projects
  • Portfolio of work
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Written and practical examinations

On completion, you’ll gain a LANTRA Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing, after which you’ll be eligible to register as a veterinary nurse*.

*You’ll be eligible to join the RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurse and will be a fully qualified veterinary nurse once you have successfully completed the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing, the RCVS nursing progress log and LANTRA objective structured clinical examinations and have a log of 1800 hours in your training practice.

Entry Requirements

You'll need at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, which must include Maths, English Language (or Welsh First Language) and at least 1 science subject.

You’ll also need to be employed in a small animal veterinary practice – if yours is not already a Training Practice, we’ll work with them to gain Training Practice status.


Additional information

The fees for this course are:

Year 1 = £522 (comprising £250 LANTRA Learner Registration Fee, £202 RCVS Student Veterinary Nurse Enrolment Fee, £35 Online MCQ Exam Fee First Attempt x 2)

Year 2 = £415 (comprising £310 OSCE Fee, £35 Online MCQ Exam Fee First Attempt x 3)

Subsequent attempts for £35 Online MCQ Exam Fee and the OSCE are charged at the same rate to the Learner.

Where can I study Lantra Diploma in Veterinary Nursing - Small Animal Practice Level 3?

Usk Campus
(Enhanced Part Time)
Start Date: 05 September 2023

This course may be available at other dates, times or campuses, please click to view your options.

All courses may be subject to change and cancelled if deemed not viable to run.

Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?

Contact our Student Recruitment team