Veterinary Nursing (Top Up)

Course introduction

Veterinary nurses work alongside veterinary surgeons providing nursing care to a variety of animals and making a real difference to the lives of animals and pets. Currently, there is a nationwide shortage of qualified veterinary nurses so job prospects upon graduation are excellent. Topping up your veterinary nurse qualification to degree level will open up many opportunities and expand your career prospects.

Why study BSc Veterinary Nursing (Top-up) at Middlesex University?
This course is run in collaboration with the College of Animal Welfare, one the UK's largest veterinary nurse training providers, and aims to give you the skills, experience and knowledge to become a critically thinking individual who can enhance the standing of the Veterinary Nursing profession.

You'll develop analytical and problem-solving approaches and be able to demonstrate the holistic assessment, planning and implementation of veterinary nursing care to a range of species.

You'll learn how to be a reflective practitioner with the skills required for autonomous practise, decision-making and team-working. You'll gain a variety of transferable skills which will enhance your veterinary career and continue your personal and professional development.

You'll be taught by leading practitioners who will be on hand to support you throughout your studies and by choosing elective modules, you'll be able to study subjects and topics that interest you.

After you graduate, you’ll be invited to join The College of Animal Welfare’s alumni association, CAW Connect, a social networking website and education hub. You'll have the opportunity to connect with other alumni, enjoy industry discounts, make use of exclusive careers advice and resources, find new job opportunities and keep up-to-date with the latest industry news.

Course highlights
Take advantage of the flexible study options of either full-time or part-time
The majority of the course is delivered online via distance learning
For attended sessions and exams, you can choose to visit one of our three sites in Hendon (London), Leeds or Huntingdon
We were the first university to offer veterinary nursing at degree level in Europe
Eligibility for Companion Animal Suitably Qualified (C-SQP) person status is gained when you successfully graduate

Course modules

Year 1
Pharmacology for Veterinary Nursing Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory
Evidence- Based Veterinary Nursing (30 credits) - Compulsory
Work Based Project (30 credits) - Compulsory
Legal, Professional and Ethical Aspects of Veterinary Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory
Year 2
Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory
Choose three of the following optional modules:
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 (30 credits) - Optional
International Veterinary Nursing (30 credits) - Optional

Start date


Tuitions and fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 Years - full-time Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £0 Other 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