Anglia Ruskin University Veterinary Nursing

Anglia Ruskin University Veterinary Nursing

Get 1800 hours placement in a vets’ practice while learning scientific theory in the classroom. You’ll have lots of hands-on contact with animals and learn to provide treatment and preventative care on our Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons-accredited course. On graduation, you can apply to be a registered veterinary nurse.

If you love animals and want to help protect and care for them, our course is for you. It’s approved by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) so when you graduate, you’ll have the skills you need to apply to register with them as a veterinary nurse.

You’ll get 1800 hours of placement experience, working with animals in RCVS-approved veterinary training practices. In the classroom you’ll also get a grounding in scientific theory, with a particular focus on animal behaviour and welfare.

Your choice of modules will affect the material you cover. By choosing certain modules you’ll be on your way towards qualifying for the academic part of the new Pet Behaviour Counselling Award.

Your classes will be split between the College of West Anglia at Milton, near Cambridge, and Anglia Ruskin’s campus in the centre of Cambridge. Your year will be divided into 2 semesters, and you’ll attend around 12 hours of classes per week.

You should have an interest in the health and welfare of animals, and a good communicator who enjoys working as part of a team. You should also have a clear understanding of the range of practical work done in veterinary practices, so it would be helpful if you did some relevant work experience before applying.

Veterinary courses receive Royal approval

Veterinary nursing student

RCVS gives full accreditation to Anglia Ruskin degree and foundation degree

Veterinary nursing graduates from Anglia Ruskin University will be fast-tracked into the profession after its degree and foundation degree were granted full accreditation by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

The BSc in Veterinary Nursing and Applied Animal Behaviour and FdSc in Veterinary Nursing and Applied Animal Behaviour are delivered on behalf of Anglia Ruskin by the College of West Anglia at Milton, Cambridge.

The approval by the RCVS means that students graduating from the courses can now join the Register of Veterinary Nurses without having to undertake a pre-registration examination.

Dr Marian Bond, the Anglia Ruskin Veterinary Nursing liaison with the College of West Anglia and the RCVS, said: “Anglia Ruskin and the College of West Anglia have worked in close cooperation with the RCVS since the inception of the degree courses to provide an excellent academic and practical experience for the students.
“The automatic inclusion of our graduates in the Register of Veterinary Nurses, without the need for any additional pre-registration examinations, will be of great benefit to them.”

Ali Santos, Director of Veterinary Nursing at the College of West Anglia, said: “We are delighted with the news that the RCVS have granted our degree full accreditation.
“We look forward to working with all of our students, both current and prospective, to train more excellent veterinary nurses.”  

The RCVS is the UK’s regulatory body for veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses, and sets, upholds and advances veterinary standards.

Julie Dugmore, Head of Veterinary Nursing at the RCVS, said: “We would like to congratulate Anglia Ruskin University and the College of West Anglia on this achievement.
“The decision was made after a number of stringent audits during which we looked at the university’s quality assurance policies, visited the college and its associated training practices, observed examinations and interviewed students on the course.”


Veterinary Nursing and Applied Animal Behaviour FdSc

Full-time undergraduate (3 years)

College of West Anglia (Milton), Cambridge

September 2017

Intermediate awards: CertHE, DipHE

code: D990

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