BSc Veterinary Nursing and Companion Animal Behaviour (D313)

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UCAS code D313
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees

Fees quoted are for 2018 entry only. Fees for 2019 will be confirmed, subject to government approval, later in 2018.

  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £20,300 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £10,750 per year

As a veterinary nursing trainee there is a registration fee paid to Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons when you enrol which was £174 in 2017; currently we ask you to pay half of this cost (£87 in 2017).

Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus, Langford campus, Placements
Part-time study

About BSc Veterinary Nursing and Companion Animal Behaviour

Bristol is pleased to offer this exciting degree. The unique combination of veterinary nursing and companion animal behaviour opens up an inspiring range of careers within the world of veterinary science. Career options include working as a veterinary nurse with a clinical animal behaviour qualification in general practice, through to opportunities in the field of behaviour and welfare for animal charities, or in the commercial sector.

The degree allows entry into the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Register of Veterinary Nurses and fulfils both the academic and level one practical requirement for certification as a clinical animal behaviourist (CCAB) by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour*, the only independent accreditation body for the profession in the UK. You will be a qualified veterinary nurse with the specialist knowledge and practical skills needed for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of problematic behaviours in companion animals.

In addition, you’ll have the day-one skills and competencies required for entry into the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ register of veterinary nurses.

You will develop your interest in science through studying subjects such as anatomical science and understanding body function. This knowledge will enhance and inform your clinical veterinary nursing education and equip you well for employment. Our students benefit from a wide range of clinical environments, experiencing both first-opinion and referral veterinary practices within a 50-mile radius of the Bristol Veterinary School.

*This is course is new for 2018 entry and our CCAB (Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist) accreditation is pending. Please contact the Bristol Veterinary School for up to date information.

The course is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

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See a list of all Veterinary Nursing degrees at Bristol, and find more information about the course, assessment and career prospects.

Typical offer for BSc Veterinary Nursing and Companion Animal Behaviour - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
BBC including BB in Biology and one other lab-based science or Mathematics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
29 overall with 14 at Higher Level including 5, 5 at Higher Level in Biology and one other science or Mathematics
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with at least 21 credits at Distinction, including 12 in Biology and 9 in another science or Mathematics, plus 18 credits at Merit
BTEC offer DMM in a science or animal-related subject plus A-level Biology at grade B
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: BBBBC and AH: BB in Biology and one other lab-based science or Mathematics
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
European Baccalaureate offer73% overall with 8.0 in Biology and another science or Mathematics
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Standard numeracy requirement (C in GCSE Maths or equivalent) and
Standard literacy requirement (C in GCSE English or equivalent)

Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Additional requirementsWork experience is essential. For more information on the amount and type of experience required, please see the Admissions Statement.

How we assess your application

Admissions statements relate to 2018 entry and will be updated for 2019 entry in summer 2018.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Considered

Selection process

UCAS and interview. All applicants fulfilling the academic criteria are invited for interview.

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Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649

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This course is recognised by the following organisations:

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) for the purpose of eligibility for registration as a veterinary nurse with that body.

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