Study Mode: Part Time
Course Level: Level 3
This award is designed to provide you with the broad practical skills and knowledge that is relevant for the role of a veterinary nurse in a modern Veterinary Practice.
Studying one of two specific pathways, this diploma qualification leads to professional registration and a licence to practise.
There are two path ways applicable to the veterinary nursing course including;
- Small animal
At present the only route offered by Solihull College and University Centre as a Veterinary Nursing Approved Centre, is small animal route, which also has a small number of equine elements. If you chose to complete this course you will complete the following units throughout your training:
- Understanding the operational requirements of a veterinary practice - This unit facilitates an understanding of working practise and the essential operation of a veterinary practice so that an employee may work effectively and safely within such an environment.
- Comparative functional anatomy for veterinary nursing practice -This unit provides the student veterinary nurse with an appropriate theoretical knowledge of the normal structure and function of the major body systems of a range of species. It also provides initial insight into how normal physiological function can be disrupted and how this relates to disease processes.
- Professional relationships and communication for veterinary nursing practice - This unit facilitates an understanding of the dynamics of communication within a veterinary setting, including inter-professional relationships and relationships with veterinary clients.
- Applied animal welfare, health and husbandry for veterinary nurses - This unit facilitates an understanding of principles of animal welfare and husbandry in relation to work in a veterinary practice.
- Infection control in veterinary practice - This unit facilitates an understanding of the essentials of control of infection in clinical veterinary practice.
- Essentials of practical veterinary nursing care for hospitalised animals - This unit facilitates practical competence in the essentials of nursing sick animals within a veterinary environment.
- Supporting the supply of veterinary medicines¬¬ ¬- This unit facilitates an understanding of veterinary pharmacology and the supply of medicines within a veterinary environment.
- Veterinary nursing support of diagnostic imaging - This unit facilitates an understanding of the application of diagnostic imaging techniques within a veterinary environment.
- Veterinary nursing support for laboratory diagnostics - This unit facilitates an understanding of diagnostic testing and essential laboratory techniques in clinical veterinary practice.
- Supporting veterinary operating theatre practice - This unit facilitates an understanding of veterinary operating theatre practice for veterinary nurses.
- Understanding the essentials of veterinary nursing care for hospitalised animals - This unit facilitates an understanding of the essentials of nursing sick animals within a veterinary environment.
- Principles of supporting veterinary anaesthesia - This unit facilitates an understanding of anaesthesia and anaesthetic monitoring in clinical veterinary practice.
- Preparing for professional registration - This unit will assist student veterinary nurses nearing the point of qualification for the RCVS Register to understand and explore the concept of professional accountability and their duties as registered practitioners.
- Principles of peri-operative veterinary nursing support for small animals - This unit facilitates an understanding of peri-operative nursing care principles relating to small animals within a veterinary environment.
- Principles of veterinary nursing support for small animal patients - This unit facilitates an understanding of the complex nursing of sick small animals within a veterinary environment.
- Principles of small animal veterinary nursing emergency and critical care - This unit prepares students to provide first aid treatment to injured, and nursing care to critically ill small animals within a veterinary environment.
- Practical monitoring of small animal veterinary anaesthesia - This unit is intended to form part of a qualification leading to a regulated professional licence. As such it is independently assessed.
- Practical peri-operative veterinary nursing support for small animals - This unit develops practical peri-operative nursing care skills relating to small animals within a veterinary environment.
- Practical veterinary nursing support of small animal patients - is unit facilitates the acquisition of practical
This course will be delivered one day per week over two years and 1 semester. You are required to be employed (voluntary or an apprentice) in an RCVS approved training practice or auxiliary training practice.
You will required to undertake a minimum of 1800 clincial hours work experience during the duration of the course.
Once you are registered with the RCVS you will have access to a nursing progress log, this will be used with our clinical coach within the training practice.
Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (QCF)
The course is assessed using a variety of methods; knowledge and understanding through independently assessed assignments and examinations.
City & Guilds external OSCE exam.
Work based progress log (NPL) for clinical skills.
You will need to attend a College interview.
Minimum qualifications for this course are:
- Five GCSE passes at Grade A/8 - C/4 to include Science , English Language and Maths. Plus two further subjects.
- A suitable character or tutor reference and a copy of your latest school report (if applicable)
- A successful college interview
Costs are available upon application.
It is a requirement of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Regulatory Bye-laws that such qualifications be subject to independent assessment and examination.
Good levels of English and Maths are important for your success in your course, your chosen vocation and life. Throughout your course you will continue to develop your English and Maths skills in your vocational classes.
If you have a Learning Difficulty or Disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too.
Solihull College and University Centre offers full time and part time courses for businesses and residents in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Warwickshire and the whole of the West Midlands.
This course can form part of a suite of qualifications to lead into higher education, either to advance veterinary nursing (degree) or specialised veterinary nursing.