In summary…

Course Length

4 years full-time

Tuition Fees*

Full-time course fee is £8490 p.a. and part-time course fee is £4250 p.a.


Cambridge Campus

Entry Requirements**

96 UCAS tariff points



Course Starts

September 2019

*more information on fees and additional costs available on the finance page.
**subject to specific entry requirements as detailed below

This four year programme combines the practical training and work experience required for you to become an RCVS registered veterinary nurse, alongside a broader programme of study for a full Bachelor of Science with honours degree.

As a student, you will receive a thorough training in scientific theory and principles with a particular emphasis on the study of animal behaviour and animal welfare. In addition, you will be required to develop extensive work-based skills during an extended period of placement within RCVS approved veterinary training practices. The course content for you as an individual will vary depending on their choice of designate modules within the pathway.

Module delivery is divided between the University Centre West Anglia's Cambridge campus located at Milton and the Anglia Ruskin University in the Cambridge city centre, plus work placement at RCVS approved veterinary training practices.

The academic year at both UcWA and ARU is divided into trimester delivery. Full-time attendance within these semesters is approximately 12 hours per week, usually over three days. The course involves 4 years full-time study including 1800 hours of work placement at veterinary training practice(s).

Course Modules

Year 1

Animal Anatomy and Physiology for Veterinary Nursing15TBC
Compaion Animal Handing, Husbandry & welfare30Work-based learning
Companion Animal Handling, Husbandry & Welfare30Work-based learning
Introduction to Animal Behaviour15TBC
Preparing for Practice Placement15TBC
Principles & Practices of Veterinary Nursing30TBC
Veterinary Nursing in the Surgical Environment15TBC

Year 2

Emergency, Critical and Perioperative Care15TBC
Principles & Practices of Anaesthesia15TBC
Principles & Practices of Diagnostics for Veterinary Nursing15TBC

Year 3

Animal Therapy & Rehabilitation15TBC
Practical Applications15TBC

Year 4

Advanced Approaches in Animal Management15TBC
Animal Learning & Training15TBC
Applied Animal Behaviour & Animal Welfare15TBC
Entrepreneurial Enterprises15TBC
Human Behaviour Change for Animal Welfare15TBC
Prearation for Professional Practice15TBC
Undergraduate Project30TBC

Entry Requirements

You will need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English, maths and science. Functional skills qualifications in English and Maths at level 2 are considered equivalent.
  • A minimum of 4 weeks of relevant work experience. You and your supervisor will be asked to complete a work experience feedback form to evidence this.

You should have:

  • 96 UCAS tariff points (including Biological Science A-Level at C or above, or an equivalent level 3 qualification).

International (EEA) applicants:

International applicants from the European Economic Area (EEA) may be asked to complete IELTS and achieve a level 7.5 if there are significant doubts about an applicant's level to communicate. A NARIC statement of comparability will be required to translate grades into their UK equivalents.


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