Foundation Degree Veterinary Nursing
Agriculture & Animal Care
Mode of Study
17 September 2020
5 GCSEs at grade C or above, which must include mathematics, English Language (or Welsh First Language) and at least 1 science subject. No alternative to the GCSE is acceptable. In addition, you must have a minimum of 64 UCAS points (new tariff) to include an A Level in a biological science, a relevant BTEC National/Extended Diploma or an equivalent qualification.
You must undertake a minimum of two weeks of work experience in a small animal veterinary practice before enrolling onto this course (work undertaken in dog kennels, cattery, rescue centres or pet shops will not satisfy this criterion). You must be able to provide evidence of this work experience and it must be recent (i.e. no more than two years prior to your application date).
In a nutshell
You will gain a nursing clinical competency based on an underpinning knowledge of veterinary nursing practice.
This course is for you if...
... You work in the veterinary profession and want to take the next step in your career
... Or you’re just beginning your professional life
... You want a blend of academic study, work-based learning and skills development.
What will I be doing?
This will enable you to pursue a career as a qualified veterinary nurse and you will be eligible for entry onto the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Register of Veterinary Nurses (subject to RCVS conditions).
The course will cover theoretical and practical aspects of anatomy and physiology, health and husbandry, veterinary nursing skills, veterinary diagnostics, pharmacology, anaesthesia, emergency and critical care, animal behaviour, communication and ethics.
The clinical placement undertaken in a small animal veterinary practice gives you the opportunity to put your theoretical knowledge into practice and build on your practical veterinary nursing skills and complete the RCVS Nursing Progress Log. You will spend 52 weeks (1800 hrs) working full time in a small animal veterinary practice.
The course is theoretical and practical, so you get lots of hands-on experience to practice what you have learnt in the classroom. Experts from the field of veterinary nursing and animal health professions deliver guest lectures, and you will participate in research projects and group work. There are numerous educational visits where further opportunities to listen to lectures from the best speakers in the profession are to be had.
You will be assessed with written and practical examinations, written assignments and presentations. During your Clinical Placement, you will be assessed using the RCVS Nursing Progress Log. At the end of your course, upon successful completion of all other criteria you will be entered for the final practical (O.S.C.E) examinations; this is the final requirement to be eligible to enter the RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses.
This means you will be a fully qualified and Registered Veterinary Nurse and able to work in the UK as a small animal veterinary nurse.
You will achieve a Foundation Degree which is equivalent to the first two years of study (Level 4 and Level 5) on a degree programme.
This qualification is awarded by the University of South Wales. Please be aware however, that due the nature of this course, you are required to complete a year's worth of
Clinical Placements, therefore the Foundation Degree Veterinary Nursing takes three years to complete.
What is expected of me?
To enrol on the course you’ll need5 GCSEs at grade C or above, which must include Mathematics, English Language (or Welsh First Language) and at least one science subject. No alternative to the GCSE is acceptable. In addition, you must have a minimum of 160 UCAS points (old tariff) to include an A Level in a biological science, a relevant BTEC National/Extended Diploma or an equivalent qualification.
You must undertake a minimum of four weeks of work experience in a small animal veterinary practice before enrolling onto this course (work undertaken in dog kennels, cattery, rescue centres or pet shops will not satisfy this criterion). You must be able to provide evidence of this work experience and it must be recent i.e. no more than two years prior to your application date.
This is a three year, full time course. You’ll be expected to attend college for sessions timetabled Monday to Friday. During your Clinical Placements you will be expected to attend full time for the days and hours dictated by your Clinical Placement Veterinary Practice.
What comes next?
Upon successful completion of the Foundation Degree Veterinary Nursing and the RCVS Nursing Progress Log, as well as passing the RCVS final practical exams (O.S.C.E.s) and completing the minimum number of Clinical Placement hours, you will be fully qualified to practise as a small animal veterinary nurse in the UK.
You will also have the exciting opportunity to take your academic career to the next level and study the BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing here at Coleg Gwent.
Due to the professional aspect of this course, students will incur additional costs including registration as a Student Veterinary Nurse with the RCVS and the purchase of a Student Veterinary Nurse uniform and name badge for use whilst on Clinical Placement. The approximate cost of one pair of trousers, tunic and name badge is from £45. You will also need to budget for transport, accommodation and living costs during your Clinical Placements as you will be working full time as an unpaid intern.
Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?
Call 01495 333 777 to speak to our Student Recruitment team
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