BSc Veterinary Nursing and Companion Animal Behaviour (D313)
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|Course duration||4 year(s) full-time|
Additional fees: For veterinary nursing trainees there is a registration fee paid to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons when you enrol which was £190 in 2018/19; currently we ask you to pay half of this cost. During your 62 weeks of practical training you are expected to wear a uniform. There will be the opportunity to order and purchase uniforms during your first year before going out to placement.Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
|Location of course||Clifton campus, Langford campus, Placements|
|Part-time study||Part-time study is not available for this course|
About BSc Veterinary Nursing and Companion Animal Behaviour
This exciting degree offers a combination of veterinary nursing and companion animal behaviour. The course may lead to a range of career routes, from working as a veterinary nurse in general practice, to opportunities in the field of behaviour and welfare for animal charities or the commercial sector.
The first two years of your studies are completed at the Clifton campus, where our pre-clinical facilities are based, with some days spent at Bristol Veterinary School in Langford. In year one you will learn 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.
The second year builds upon the basic sciences through classroom-based study in veterinary anatomy. You will also cover anaesthesia and fluid therapy; surgical nursing and theatre practice; medical nursing, diagnostics and therapeutics. You will study the principles of animal ethology, behavioural development, and welfare, focusing on the commonly owned companion animal species.
To meet the clinical placement requirements of the RCVS you will 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 comprises a 42-week placement in first-opinion veterinary practice within a 50-mile radius of the Bristol Veterinary School, and you will study professional veterinary nursing practice through lectures and online tutorials.
In your final year you will study units in applied clinical veterinary nursing and clinical skills in companion animal behaviour. You will also complete a ten-week research project on a topic of your choice, supervised by one or more members of academic staff.
The degree allows entry into the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Register of Veterinary Nurses and fulfils the academic requirements for certification as a clinical animal behaviourist (CCAB). It also provides you with the opportunity to complete the level one practical requirement for certification as a CCAB by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) (ASAB accreditation is pending; please contact the Bristol Veterinary School for up-to-date information).
See a list of all Veterinary Nursing degrees at Bristol, and find more information about the course, assessment and career prospects.
Typical offer for BSc Veterinary Nursing and Companion Animal Behaviour - applicants must meet one of the following
|BBC including B in Biology and B in another science-related subject
|International Baccalaureate Diploma
|29 points overall with 14 at Higher Level, including 5, 5 at Higher Level in Biology and in another science related subject|
|Cambridge Pre-U offer||Requirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, M3 is C|
|Access to HE Diploma offer||Pass Access to HE Diploma (Animal Management, Applied Science, Biology combined with Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Bioscience, Life Science, Science) with at least 21 credits at Distinction, including 12 in Biology and 9 in another science, plus 18 credits at Merit|
|BTEC offer||DMM in Applied Science, Animal Management or Equine Management|
|Scottish Qualifications Authority offer||Advanced Higher: BB in Biology and another science related subject, with Standard Higher: BBBBC|
|Welsh Baccalaureate offer||Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade|
|European Baccalaureate offer||73% overall, with 8.0 in Biology and 8.0 in in another science related subject|
|UK qualifications||Further information about UK qualifications|
|International qualifications||Accepted international qualifications|
|International Foundation Programme||50% in 60 academic credits with no subject unit lower than 40%, including Foundations of Biomedical Science at 55%, and one of Foundations of Chemistry, Foundations of Psychology, Mathematics for STEM, or Foundations of Physics at 55%, and Essential Mathematics with 50%|
Science subjects include Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, PE, Physics and Psychology
Applicants must also meet these requirements
|GCSE profile requirements||Profile:|
Standard numeracy requirement (4 or C in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent) and
Standard literacy requirement (4 or C in GCSE English or equivalent)
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.
|English language requirements||If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
|Additional requirements||Work experience is required; please see the Admissions statement.|
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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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