BSc Veterinary Nursing and Companion Animal Behaviour (D313)
2021 entryFind a course
|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 £196 in 2020/21. During your practical training you are expected to wear a uniform. There will be the opportunity to order uniforms during the autumn/spring term 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.
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 BB in Biology and 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, 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, Animal Management or Equine Management|
|Scottish Qualifications Authority offer||Advanced Higher: BB in Biology and another science-related subject, 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 another science-related subject|
|UK qualifications||Further information about UK qualifications|
|International qualifications||Accepted international qualifications|
Science-related 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)
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.
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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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