BSc Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science (DC37)

2016 entry

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Gateway to Vet Science
UCAS code DC37
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applications for 2014/15 290
Number of places for 2016/17 25

About BSc Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science

This course is delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, online interactive tutorials and practical classes, which take place at both the School of Veterinary Sciences at Langford and the main University campus.

Studying a diverse range of subjects such as anatomy, physiology and pathology alongside veterinary nursing provides a broad educational base for more varied employment opportunities or further study.

More about Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science

Find out more about studying Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Anatomical Science 1A and 1B
  • Physiology 1
  • Principles of Animal Care and Nursing
  • Primary Nursing and Communication
  • Pre-Clinical Science

Second year

  • Medical Nursing
  • Diagnostics and Therapeutics
  • Anaesthesia and Fluid Therapy
  • Surgical Nursing and Theatre Practice
  • Veterinary Anatomy
  • Plus two of the following:
    • Neurophysiology
    • Integrative Physiology
    • Cellular and Molecular Pathology
    • Infection and Immunity

Third year

  • 42 weeks' placement in first opinion and referral practice
  • Veterinary Practice Management

Fourth year

  • Welfare and Ethics
  • Dissertation (ten-week research project)
  • Applied Surgical Nursing and Analgesia
  • Applied Medical Nursing and Anaesthesia
  • Pathological and Epidemiological Mechanisms of Disease.
Further details about the course structure for Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science

Typical offer for BSc Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science

(including international A-levels)
BBC including Biology and Chemistry at grade B
IB Diploma 29 overall to include 14 points at Higher Level with 5 in Biology and 5 in Chemistry at Higher Level
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with at least 21 credits at Distinction, including 12 in Chemistry and 9 in Biology, plus 18 credits at Merit
BTEC DMM in a science or animal-related subject plus A-level Chemistry at grade B
SQASH: BBBBC and AH: BB in Biology and Chemistry
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB73% overall with 8 in Biology and Chemistry
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:grade B or above in Mathematics, English Language and two sciences, plus two other GCSEs at grade C or above.

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Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1641

Fees and funding

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International students

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This course is recognised by the following organisations:

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) for the purpose of eligibility for registration as a veterinary nurse with that body.

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