BSc Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science (DC37)
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|Course duration||4 year(s) full-time|
Fees quoted are for 2020 entry only. Fees for 2021 will be confirmed, subject to government approval, later in 2020.
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 2019/20. Currently we ask you to pay half of this cost; however, this may change. 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. Transport and accommodation costs may be incurred as a result of placements.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 Bioveterinary Science
This exciting degree offers a combination of veterinary nursing and bioveterinary sciences.
The first two years of your studies are completed at the main Clifton campus, where our pre-clinical facilities are based, with some days spent at the Bristol Veterinary School at Langford.
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.
The second year builds up the basic sciences through classroom-based study comprising two compulsory units in veterinary anatomy plus a choice of two optional units. You will also study anaesthesia and fluid therapy; surgical nursing and theatre practice; and medical nursing, diagnostics and therapeutics.
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 Bristol Veterinary School. Of this, 21 weeks are spent within our clinics on our Langford Campus. You will complete an electronic portfolio of practical tasks during your placement and 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 One Health. You will also complete a ten-week research project on a topic of your choice, undertaking individual, in-depth exploration of an aspect of veterinary nursing or bioveterinary science.
Taught units are assessed using a variety of written examinations, computer-based tests and written reports, as well as practical examinations. While you are working within the clinical environment, your progress is monitored through practical competence assessments.
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 Bioveterinary Science - applicants must meet one of the following
|BBC including BB in Biology and Chemistry|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma
|29 points overall with 14 at Higher Level, including 5, 5 at Higher Level in Biology and Chemistry|
|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, and M3 is C.|
|Access to HE Diploma offer||Access to HE Diploma in Animal Management, Applied Science, Biology combined with Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Bioscience, Life Science, or Science. The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include: |
|BTEC offer||DMM in Applied Science or Animal Management, with Distinction in science units, plus A in A-level Chemistry, or DDM in Applied Science, with Distinction in all of units 13, 14 and two of 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 20 and 21|
|Scottish Qualifications Authority offer||Advanced Higher: BB in Biology and Chemistry, and 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 Chemistry|
|UK qualifications||Further information about UK qualifications|
|International qualifications||Accepted international qualifications|
Applicants must also meet these requirements
|GCSE profile requirements||Profile:|
Standard numeracy requirement (4 or C in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent)
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.
Note: We are aware that many of applicants will be unable to obtain work experience during the coronavirus crisis. Please be assured that if you are applying for entry in 2021 we will be taking the situation into account when reviewing applications and you will not be penalised should your ability to gain relevant work experience have been adversely affected.
How we assess your application
Admissions statements relate to 2020 entry and will be updated for 2021 entry in summer 2020.
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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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