BSc Veterinary Nursing and Companion Animal Behaviour (D313)
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|Course duration||4 year(s) full-time|
Fees quoted are for 2021 entry only. Fees for 2022 will be confirmed, subject to government approval, later in 2021.
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 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
If you care about animals then this exciting degree can lead to a range of careers, 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.
Having achieved accreditation from 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) and already provides you with the opportunity to begin gaining the practical experience needed for certification as a CCAB. For more information, please visit the ASAB website. Full validation is expected in 2022 (subject to satisfying ASAB's conditions) and will apply to all graduates of the course.
Your first two years are based predominantly within Bristol city centre where our pre-clinical facilities are situated at the UK's only School of Anatomy. Years three and four are based at Bristol Vet School in the beautiful Somerset village of Langford. Along with dedicated state-of-the art clinical facilities, you'll find everything to make you feel at home, including a café, gym, and on-site accommodation.
Year one: you will learn the fundamental concepts of anatomical science and physiology, and the principles of veterinary nursing and pre-clinical science.
Year two: 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.
Placement: to meet the clinical placement requirements of the RCVS, you will spend time in clinical practice during the vacation in years one and two, usually close to your home.
Year three: placement year spent in a first-opinion veterinary practice (currently within a 50 mile radius of Langford) and on rotations in the on-site referral hospital. You will also study professional veterinary nursing practice through lectures and online tutorials.
Year four: units in applied clinical veterinary nursing, clinical skills in companion animal behaviour and a ten-week research project on a topic of your choice, supervised by one or more of our expert academic team.Find out more about the course structure and units available for Veterinary Nursing and Companion Animal Behaviour
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 Science, Biomedical/ Medical/ Health Science or Psychology (or similar titles). The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include: |
|BTEC offer||DMM in Applied Science BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma, with Distinctions in six specified Biology units|
|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.|
How we assess your application
Admissions statements relate to 2021 entry and will be updated for 2022 entry in summer 2021.
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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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