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Veterinary Nursing BSc / BSc Hons

Level: SCQF 9-10

UCAS Code: D470

Available at these campuses: Barony

About the Course

Throughout the course you will develop skills from a combination of academic study and clinical placement with an approved veterinary practice which must be achieved to allow for registration as a qualified Veterinary Nurse. You will learn the  veterinary nursingcompetencies required to undertake practical patient care and theatre duties. Regular clinical skills labs will prepare you for practical clinical examinations. You will gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of veterinary nursing by studying a wide range of subjects incorporating anatomy, physiology, nursing skills, pharmacology, anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging, theatre and surgical practice and animal welfare and behaviour. Much of your third year will be spent on a placement in an approved veterinary practice.

This course is highly competitive. Relevant veterinary work experience and a good personal statement are essential. We also recommend you attend an on-campus Open Day to find out more, prior to application.

Those with additional needs should note that the reasonable adjustments we are able to make for this course are limited to those which will enable you to practice as a Veterinary Nurse. If you have any questions, please contact us to discuss.

This course will allow you to graduate as a Registered Veterinary Nurse with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) which is the professional qualification required to practice as a veterinary nurse in the UK.

Course Duration: BSc 3 years, BSc(Hons) 4 years if studied full-time.

The Veterinary Nursing BSc/BSc (Hons) degree is awarded by the University of Glasgow.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 4 Highers (BBBB) to include English and a science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics). English, Maths and a science at National 5. 4 weeks of relevant work experience in a Veterinary practice.

Course Content

You will gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of veterinary nursing by studying a wide range of subjects including anatomy & physiology, nursing skills, infection control, pharmacology, client relations, anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging, laboratory techniques, professional responsibility, theatre and surgical practice, health conditions,animal welfare and behaviour, ethics, and clinical practice.

Please note that a licence to practice as a Registered Veterinary Nurse can only be achieved on successful completion of the course and the required clinical placement within practice. Registration is awarded at the Graduation ceremony by a RCVS representative.

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