University of Brighton Veterinary Nursing

University of Brighton Veterinary Nursing

This course is taught at our partner college, Plumpton College. Upon successful course completion, you will receive a degree from the University of Brighton.

Benefits of studying at a University of Brighton partner college include access to specialist facilities and knowledge, and being able to study locally while working towards a university qualification.

This course is delivered through an interesting mix of group workshops, guest visits from industrial experts and veterinary surgeons, laboratory-based practicals, lectures, practical sessions and work-related activities. You’ll need to complete a voluntary placement for the duration of your course; completing 1800 working hours over the three-year period. Plus you’ll need to complete a nursing progress log as part of your overall qualification. You’ll also enjoy visits to a variety of veterinary organisations including referral and equine practices.

Entry Requirements:You’ll need at least 5 GCSEs (minimum grade C) including English Language, Maths and a Science plus either:

• A Levels to include at least one science, preferably Biology (Grade C)

• Advanced GNVQ or BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject (MMP)

• Level 3 Key Skills, but not General Studies

If you’re a mature student who has appropriate GCSEs but not A Levels or an Extended Diploma, you may be eligible for entry if you have a Level 3 science-based qualification.  A QAA-approved Access to Science course is also acceptable.

You will also need to have completed at least four weeks’ work experience in an animal-related industry. A minimum of two weeks should be in a veterinary practice working as a Student Veterinary Nurse – four weeks is preferred.

In addition to our academic entry criteria, you’ll need to demonstrate your fitness to practice according to RCVS guidelines. You’ll be required to disclose any convictions, including drugs offences, before you start your course. The RCVS may, depending on the offence, refuse to allow professional registration on graduation.

Duration:Full-time: 2 years