BSc Veterinary Nursing and Companion Animal Behaviour (D313)

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UCAS code D313
Application method UCAS
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees

Fees quoted are for 2020 entry only. Fees for 2021 will be confirmed, subject to government approval, later in 2020.

  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £To be confirmed per year
  • International students: £24,700 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £10,750 per year

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 Companion Animal Behaviour

This exciting degree 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.

As well as being accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the course is provisionally validated by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) as fulfilling the academic requirements for accreditation as a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB). It also provides you with the opportunity to complete the level one practical requirement for certification as a CCAB by ASAB. Visit the ASAB website for more information.

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 behaviour 'first aid' in practice, 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. 21 weeks of this is spent rotating around our clinics at the Veterinary School. You will also 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.

Having launched in 2018, this course is undergoing the normal process for validation with ASAB. Full validation is expected in 2022 (subject to satisfying ASAB's conditions) and will apply to all graduates of the course.

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

A-level
Standard offer
BBC including BB in Biology and another science-related subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
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 offerRequirements 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 offerAccess 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:
  • at least 21 credits at Distinction and 18 at Merit or above; and
  • at least 12 credits at Distinction in Chemistry units and 9 at Distinction in Biology units.
Mature students are welcome to contact mature-students@bristol.ac.uk to check the suitability of their Access course.
BTEC offer DMM in Applied Science, Animal Management or Equine Management
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: BB in Biology and another science-related subject, and Standard Higher: BBBBC
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements 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 offer73% overall, with 8.0 in Biology and another science-related subject
UK qualificationsFurther information about UK qualifications
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

Science-related subjects include: Chemistry; Geography; Geology; Mathematics; Further Mathematics; PE; Physics; and Psychology.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
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:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Additional requirementsWork 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.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS plus veterinary work experience form

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Accreditation

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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