To become a student veterinary nurse you must enrol with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). Entry requirements for veterinary nursing courses are 5 GCSEs A-C grades or an equivalent such as the pre-veterinary nurse course. There are two routes you can take to complete your training.
- Diploma – this route takes 2-3 years to complete where your time will be split between theory based learning at college and practical experience in a training veterinary practice. A progress log, practical and theory examinations and college assignments are used to assess your progress and necessary to gain a diploma.
- BSc (hons) Degree – degrees in veterinary nursing are becoming more popular. The only university in Scotland currently running the course in Edinburgh Napier. The course is 4 years long with the final year working towards an honours degree. The course is divided between gaining practical experience in a training veterinary practice and theory based in university. Essays, a progress log, practical and theory examinations and a dissertation are used to assess your progress and to gain a degree.
NVQ’s in veterinary nursing are being phased out.