BSc Veterinary Nursing and Companion Animal Behaviour (D313)

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UCAS code D313
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus, Langford campus, Placements
Part-time study

About BSc Veterinary Nursing and Companion Animal Behaviour

Bristol is pleased to offer this exciting degree. The unique combination of veterinary nursing and companion animal behaviour opens up an inspiring range of careers within the world of veterinary science. Career options include working as a veterinary nurse with a clinical animal behaviour qualification in general practice, through to opportunities in the field of behaviour and welfare for animal charities, or in the commercial sector.

The degree allows entry into the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Register of Veterinary Nurses and fulfils both the academic and level one practical requirement for certification as a clinical animal behaviourist (CCAB) by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour*, the only independent accreditation body for the profession in the UK. You will be a qualified veterinary nurse with the specialist knowledge and practical skills needed for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of problematic behaviours in companion animals.

In addition, you’ll have the day-one skills and competencies required for entry into the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ register of veterinary nurses.

You will develop your interest in science through studying subjects such as anatomical science and understanding body function. This knowledge will enhance and inform your clinical veterinary nursing education and equip you well for employment. Our students benefit from a wide range of clinical environments, experiencing both first-opinion and referral veterinary practices within a 50-mile radius of the Bristol Veterinary School.

*This is course is new for 2018 entry and our CCAB accreditation is pending. Please contact the Bristol Veterinary School for up to date information.

Course structure

The first two years of your studies are based at the main university campus, where our pre-clinical facilities are based, with some days spent at the Bristol Veterinary School at the Langford campus. In year one you will be taught the fundamental concepts of anatomical science, understanding body function and pre-clinical science and will be introduced to the principles and practice of veterinary nursing and
companion animal behaviour.

The second year builds upon the basic sciences through classroom based study in veterinary anatomy. You will also complete 40 credit points in the following topics: anaesthesia and fluid therapy; surgical nursing and theatre practice; and medical nursing, diagnostics and therapeutics.

Year two introduces students to the principles of animal ethology, behavioural development, and welfare, focusing on the commonly owned companion animal species. This knowledge will underpin the applied clinical behavioural science taught in the final year.

To meet the clinical placement requirements of the RCVS, you will also spend ten weeks in clinical practice during the vacation in years one and two. Usually, this placement takes place close to your home.

Your third year is a clinical placement year and comprises a 42-week placement in first-opinion veterinary practice within a 50-mile radius of the Bristol Veterinary School and the referral hospital at Langford. This clinical placement consolidates the knowledge of nursing, companion animal behaviour and science from the first two years, applying it within a clinical context. During your placement you will be expected to complete an electronic portfolio of practical tasks. In year three, you will also study professional veterinary nursing practice through lectures and online tutorials.

In your final year, you will study units in applied surgical nursing and analgesia, applied medical nursing and anaesthesia, along with clinical skills in companion animal behaviour. You will also embark on a ten-week research project on a topic of your choice. This provides an opportunity for individual, in-depth exploration of an aspect of veterinary nursing or companion animal behaviour. You will plan and execute a piece of original research, supervised by one or more members of academic staff, enhancing your academic and practical skills and maximising your career opportunities.

Find out more about the course structure and units available for Veterinary Nursing and Companion Animal Behaviour

Typical offer for BSc Veterinary Nursing and Companion Animal Behaviour - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
BBC including BB in Biology and one other lab-based science or Mathematics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
29 overall with 14 at Higher Level including 5, 5 at Higher Level in Biology and one other science or Mathematics
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with at least 21 credits at Distinction, including 12 in Biology and 9 in another science or Mathematics, plus 18 credits at Merit
BTEC offer DMM in a science or animal-related subject plus A-level Biology at grade B
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: BBBBC and AH: BB in Biology and one other lab-based science or Mathematics
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
European Baccalaureate offer73% overall with 8.0 in Biology and another science or Mathematics
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Standard numeracy requirement and Standard literacy requirement
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Considered

Selection process

UCAS and interview. All applicants fulfilling the academic criteria are invited for interview.

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