FdSc Veterinary Nursing Science Degree
The aim of the degree course is to incorporate the study of a Veterinary Nursing Foundation Degree with the RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) Veterinary Nursing qualification. FdSc Veterinary Nursing Science is offered as a 3-year full-time programme incorporating the RCVS Veterinary Nursing Occupational Standards. Upon successful completion of the FdSc Veterinary Nursing Science, 60 weeks work placement and achievement of the Nursing Progress Log, graduates can register as Veterinary Nurses.
Teaching and Learning
The course is based on a firm science foundation and specialist nursing and related units develop skills and understanding of the sector. This will allow you to progress into the world of work in/or related to veterinary nursing or onto the final year of an appropriate BSc (Hons) programme.
Throughout the course, you will benefit from insights into various veterinary related industries through visits, guest speakers and work placements. The course incorporates a combination of lectures, laboratory practicals, practical work in veterinary practice, guided and independent work. You will be assessed through coursework, including laboratory investigations, assignments and presentations. All elements of the RCVS Professional Syllabus will be assessed through closed book examinations.
During the programme, you will have the opportunity (subject to demand) to participate in animal training and behaviour, large animal handling and a dangerous wild animal handling certificated course. A very high number of graduates gain employment. This is due to their Qualified Veterinary Nurse status and the excellent links within the industry.
Assessment Methods and Research Opportunities
Over the duration of the course, students will be required to undertake 60 weeks work placement in an approved veterinary practice where they will complete a Nursing Progress Log to evidence practical competencies. Work placement blocks will be interspersed with blocks in College to underpin the Foundation Degree elements of the course. You will be responsible for your own RCVS enrolment and registration. For fee information visit www.rcvs.org.uk.
What grades will I need?
Five GCSEs at C or above, including maths, English and science; Two weeks work exp. in a Veterinary Surgery.
three A Level passes, including two at Grade B or above – one A Level B should be in a Life Science.
or BTEC Extended Diploma at DDM.
or City & Guilds Ext. Diploma in Distinction.
or a Merit profile in a relevant Access course with 45 credits at Level 3.
Where will it lead me?
This course is a three-year foundation programme, incorporating 60 weeks of work placement within veterinary practices. Work placements can only be undertaken in the UK at an approved practice. Many graduates are employed in small animal practice, equine practice and referral hospitals. In addition to work in a clinical veterinary practice, a Degree in Veterinary Nursing can lead to career opportunities in, for example, research, the pharmaceutical industry, laboratories, zoological/wildlife parks and in education. Successful students will be able to return to the College for a further BSc (Hons) top-up year in an appropriate subject such as BSc (Hons) Animal Management or BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour.