Veterinary Nursing

Course introduction


Why study veterinary nursing with us
Our veterinary nursing degree was the first of its kind in Europe. It’s also one of the leading veterinary nursing courses in the UK – with a reputation that attracts students from the UK and overseas.

Registered veterinary nurses are in high demand – with excellent employment opportunities both in veterinary practice and in the wider field of academia, research and the pharmaceuticals, too. In fact, 100% of graduates from our BSc Veterinary Nursing are now in graduate jobs or further study (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education survey, 2017).

Our hands-on approach means you’ll learn through a mix of theoretical study and professional experience. Guided by veterinary professionals, you’ll develop your clinical skills as you learn how to undertake a range of diagnostic tests, medical treatments and minor surgical procedures.

Enhance your veterinary nursing experience with us
You’ll have the flexibility to study this course at our London, Leeds, and Huntingdon (Cambridgeshire) campuses.

Our course is run in collaboration with the College of Animal Welfare, which means you’ll be taught by one of the UK's largest veterinary nurse training providers.

You’ll spend 50% of your study time gaining valuable professional experience and putting theory into practice at a veterinary practice.

Once you’ve finished your course, you’ll be able to apply to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse with full accreditation from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. This will not only open up employment opportunities in general veterinary practices but also in places such as research laboratories, zoos, wildlife parks, universities, charities and pharmaceutical companies.

Get the support you need to succeed
During your course, you’ll get personalised support from your Personal Tutor, Student Learning Assistant, and Graduate Academic Assistant. Their first-hand experience in your subject area means they understand how to best support you."

Course modules

Year 1
Introduction to Nursing Care (30 credits) - Compulsory
Applied Functional Anatomy (30 credits) - Compulsory
Introduction to Professional Issues (30 credits) - Compulsory
Working in a Veterinary Environment (30 credits) - Compulsory
Year 2
Pathology for Veterinary Nurses (30 credits) - Compulsory
Clinical Nursing (30 credits) - Compulsory
Theatre Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory
Evidence Based Veterinary Nursing (30 credits) - Compulsory
Year 3
Principles of Imaging and Anaesthesia ​​(30 credits) - Compulsory​
Pharmacology for Veterinary Nurses (30 credits) - Compulsory
Dissertation and Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory​
Year 3 Optional modules - choose 1 from the following:
Management and Business (30 credits) - Optional​​
Nursing Exotics and Wildlife (30 credits) - Optional​​
Companion Animal Behaviour and Training (30 credits) - Optional​​
Equine Nursing (30 credits) - Optional​
Veterinary Education and Professional Development (30 credits) - Optional​​
Applied Emergency and Critical Care Nursing (30 credits) - Optional​​
International Veterinary Nursing (30 credits) - Optional​​

Start date


Tuitions and fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 Years - full-time Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9250 European Fees
3 Years - full-time Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9250 Home Fees
3 Years - full-time Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £11500 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required

  • IELTS (Academic): 7.0 -- With a minimum of 6.5 in each component
  • TOEFL (iBT): 87.0 -- With at least 21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading
  • PTE Academic: 58.0 -- With at least 51 in all components