City & Guilds Veterinary Nursing Diploma Level 3 

Course duration

2 1/2 years part-time (day release)

Course overview

The Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary nursing enables student veterinary nurses to complete their training on a day release basis whilst employed in an RCVS approved training practice (T.P). Leading to the qualification and awarding of Registered Veterinary Nurse status following successful completion and assessment of learning. 

Veterinary nursing is the supportive care of animals receiving treatment within a veterinary practice. A veterinary nurse works as a member of the veterinary team, providing expert nursing care for sick animals. Veterinary nurses also play a significant role in educating owners on maintaining the health of their pets. They carry out technical work and are skilled in undertaking a range of diagnostic tests, medical treatments and minor surgical procedures, under veterinary direction.

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Entry requirements

Students must be 16 years or older to commence training and must have achieved a minimum level of education qualifications either 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above (now graded as 4 - 9) or 5 Scottish grades 1 to 3. These passes must include English Language, Mathematics, a Science and 2 additional subjects.

Alternative qualifications of a comparable or higher standard may be accepted at the discretion of the RCVS. 


For the level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing, students cannot apply to come onto the course unless they have secured a position within an RCVS training practice as an employed member of staff on a full time basis or part time basis.

Overall period of training:

This must be a minimum of 2,990 hours excluding annual leave or absence, and includes all elements of your training i.e. your educational programme and practical training.


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