Veterinary Nursing

These courses combine professional and academic content, providing a unique opportunity to gain sound scientific knowledge and an excellent veterinary nursing education.

Both courses lead to direct entry to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Register of Veterinary Nurses.

Why study Veterinary Nursing at Bristol?

Veterinary nursing has seen a period of rapid development over the past decade and Bristol has been at the forefront in the evolution of the profession. Bristol veterinary nursing graduates may be found in many of the specialist referral practices in the UK, and a number have published work in peer-reviewed veterinary journals such as the Veterinary Record and the Journal of Small Animal Practice.

Our degrees are delivered at the main Clifton campus and the Bristol Veterinary School at Langford, providing a diverse learning and social environment.

Clinical nurse education is provided by veterinary professionals, many of whom are leading experts in their field. You will work within a variety of clinical environments, including first opinion and referral practices, meaning you will gain a broad clinical veterinary nursing experience. The University may make a contribution towards your travel costs for your third-year placement.

The University of Bristol is a research-intensive Russell Group institution with a notable reputation in sciences and our degrees benefit from the high quality of our science teaching and facilities.

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What kind of student would this course suit?

You will have already undertaken a minimum of two weeks work experience within veterinary practice and should have an understanding of what it means to be a veterinary nurse and a realistic understanding of the role at undergraduate and professional level.

You will need to possess good communication skills, a logical mind, reliability and conscientiousness in order to solve problems, work as part of a team and develop a high standard of professional responsibility.

How is this course taught and assessed?

Our courses are delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, online interactive tutorials and practical classes.

Taught units are assessed through a variety of means including written examinations, computer-based tests, written reports and practical examinations.

While you are working in a clinical environment your progress will be monitored through a practical competence assessment tool.

What are my career prospects?

The extensive science and research components of these courses ensure that you are equipped with essential knowledge and skills, making you highly employable within veterinary and related professions. Our courses offer a combination of clinical veterinary nursing and either bioveterinary science or companion animal behaviour studies, leading to a breadth of career options after you graduate.

Graduates are likely to be employed in general veterinary practice. Opportunities will also be available in specialist veterinary referral hospitals, in veterinary schools and within the business sector.

Graduates who gain an Upper Second Class degree or higher may also be able to undertake further studies, leading to a postgraduate qualification.

Read more about what students from Veterinary Nursing go on to do after graduation.


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