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The award
FdSc

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Veterinary Nursing at Nottingham Trent University

This Foundation degree combines a solid grounding in scientific theory with technical and practical learning. It is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), enabling successful graduates to register as fully qualified veterinary nurses.

Why choose this course?

  • It integrates work experience in an RCVS approved veterinary training practice with the underpinning teaching at the University.
  • Your work placement will take place over the three years of the course. There will be periods of work placement during the first and second years with your final year being completely in a veterinary practice.
  • Your work placements will take place in RCVS approved veterinary training practices.
  • You will be eligible to register with the RCVS as an RVN on graduation from the FdSc Veterinary Nursing course.

During your course you will have opportunities to attend various CPD days, the Nottingham Trent University congress and also visit specialist veterinary practices. Our CPD days will give you the opportunity to practice practical skills, attend lectures from professional experts and have one-to-one tutorials with your course tutors. Our Nottingham Trent University congress includes a variety of sessions from external veterinary practitioners.

How you're taught

You will be taught through a variety of methods including group seminars, lectures and practical sessions.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (0%), written (57%) and practical (43%).
  • Year 2 coursework (17%), written (50%) and practical (33%).
  • Year 3 coursework (50%), written (0%) and practical (50%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (67%) and placement (10%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (67%) and placement (10%).
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (0%), independent study (0%) and placement (100%).

Careers and employability

Your career development

Students successfully graduating from this foundation degree will be entered onto the registered list of qualified veterinary nurses, which is held by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Students can then use the post-nominal letters FdSc VN and are qualified to give animals medication and perform acts of minor surgery under veterinary direction.

Excellent placement opportunities

Learning in the workplace will take place throughout the course. There will be two short placements in Year One and Year Two, with a year-long placement in the final year.

The work placements will be within approved training veterinary practices. These placements will facilitate your development of employment skills and provide you with the opportunity to apply your acquired skills and knowledge. In addition, you will achieve a greater depth of understanding and be able to develop your practical skills to enable you to achieve the RCVS Day One Competencies and Skills and complete the required Nursing Progress Log.

We will support you in finding placement through our network of affiliated veterinary practices. You may wish to return to practices closer to home and we endeavour to support you to ensure that the practices chosen are regulated to the same standards as our affiliated practices.

Facilities

The Veterinary Nursing Centre

The Veterinary Nursing Centre houses a simulated practice, which allows practical experience in a safe environment before students go into veterinary practice. Students studying Veterinary Nursing also access our Animal Unit to gain experience in handling a range of species.

Students train on a variety of equipment; such as biochemistry and haematology machines, autoclaves and anaesthetic machines.

Reception

Students will practice appointment handling and checking patient history. They are also assessed on providing clients with relevant information on recommended animal feed, worming and flea treatment along with issuing over the counter medication.

Dispensary

This area allows students to practice calculating dosage rates and dispensing drugs for patients.

Consultation room

A fully equipped room for pet clinics and client interaction where students practice major aspects of the veterinary nursing role such as discharging animals from surgery care and giving owners advice on the general husbandry and welfare of their pets. Support in this training environment is provided by visiting professionals.

X-ray

Simulation X-ray machines and Tin Canis dog-skeleton models allow students to practice positioning dogs for X-rays.

Hospital

Our kennel facilities allow students to learn the different cleaning and set up techniques required for the array of species and diseases seen in Veterinary practice.

Preparation area

A full surgery preparation facility includes ECG monitoring, drug administration, instrument preparation, and two fully functioning anaesthetic machines.

Theatre

Students are taught surgical scrub techniques and aseptic instrument trolley set up. They learn how to handle instruments correctly and assist the Veterinary Surgeon with specific operations and procedures.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardFdScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.

The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.

The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.

Entry requirements

This course is not suitable for tier 4 visa applicants.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

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