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Programme Description


This level three work based veterinary nursing course is designed for applicants already working in the workplace at an approved veterinary training practice. All practices must be approved by the college and apprentices must be working with a registered veterinary nurse or veterinary surgeon (clinical coach) for the duration of the program. 

The apprentice will be employed and receive at least the minimum apprentice wage. Learners should achieve the level three apprenticeship framework within the agreed timescale. 

At a Glance

  Full Time

  Between 24 & 48 months dependant on ability and prior experience

  Pibwrlwyd Campus

Programme Features


All learners will be supported by a training adviser and tutors who will monitor progress towards achieving targets on a regular basis (every 56 to 61 days). 

Modules are assessed via written assignments, exams and practical clinical skills log. Apprentices must sit an Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) at the end of their course to be eligible to join the Register of Veterinary Nurses 

Programme Content


Learners following this apprenticeship will have to achieve a framework of qualifications which will include: - 

Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Small Animal Pathway) 



Progression & Employment


Following successful completion of the apprenticeship students are eligible to join the register of veterinary Nurses. Opportunities to progress onto Higher Education courses such as HNC/D, Foundation Degree or Degree (BSc). 

Progression within employment - RCVS Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing.

Method of Assessment


Coursework, assignments, exams, Clinical Skills Log and Objective Structured Clinical Exam.

Entry Requirements


Five GCSEs at C or above which must include maths, English and science

Full-time paid employment at a veterinary training practice. 

Alternative qualifications at the same or a higher level may be considered on a case by case basis. 

Working with a registered veterinary nurse or veterinary surgeon to assist with the completion of the nursing progress log. 

These programmes are part financed by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government. 

Additional Costs


All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £25 prior to enrolment. 

You will need to provide your own stationery and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits.