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Course Length

3 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**

72 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 programme combines the practical training and work experience required to become an RCVS registered veterinary nurse, alongside a broader programme of study for Foundation Degree. 

Students 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, students 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 a particular student will vary depending on their choice of designate modules within the pathway, but appropriate modular selection could allow some students to achieve some of the learning outcomes required for the academic component of the new Pet Behaviour Counselling Award. 

Applicants must have a genuine interest in animal health and welfare. They must be keen to learn how to provide expert nursing care for domestic animals as well as education and support for their owners. They should have a clear understanding of the range of practical work required in a veterinary surgery (preferably via work experience), be a good communicator and enjoy teamwork. Module delivery is divided between the University Centre's Cambridge campus at Milton and the Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge) campus in the Cambridge city centre, plus work placement at RCVS approved veterinary training practices. The academic year at both CWA and ARU is divided into two semesters. Full-time attendance within these semesters is approximately 12 hours per week, usually over three days. Work experience within the 70 weeks of work placement in a registered veterinary training practice is on a full-time basis.

Course Modules

Year 1

Animal Antaomy & Physiology for Veterinary Nursing15TBC
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

Animal Health & Nutrition for Veterinary Nursing15TBC
Emergency, Critical and Perioperative Care15TBC
Principles & Practices of Anaethesia15TBC
Principles & Practices of Veterinary Nursing15TBC

Year 3

Animal Therapy & Rehabilitation15TBC
Practical Applications15TBC
Preparation for Professional Practice15TBC

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:

  • 72 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 if there are significant doubts about an applicant's levelto communicate. A NARIC statement of comparability will be required to translate grades into their UK equivalents.


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