BSc Veterinary Nursing and Companion Animal Behaviour (D313)

2019 entry

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UCAS code D313
Application method UCAS/Common Application
We may consider transfer applications, but for first year entry only.
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £22,300 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £10,750 per year

Additional fees: For veterinary nursing trainees there is a registration fee paid to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons when you enrol which was £185 in 2018; currently we ask you to pay half of this cost.
During your 62 weeks of practical training you are expected to wear a uniform. There will be the opportunity to order and purchase uniforms during your first year before going out to placement.

Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus, Langford campus, Placements
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course

About BSc Veterinary Nursing and Companion Animal Behaviour

This exciting degree offers a combination of veterinary nursing and companion animal behaviour, leading to a range of career options, from working as a veterinary nurse in general practice to opportunities in the field of behaviour and welfare for animal charities or the commercial sector.

The first two years of your studies are completed at the Clifton campus, where our pre-clinical facilities are based, with some days spent at Bristol Veterinary School in Langford. In year one you will learn the fundamental concepts of anatomical science, understanding body function and pre-clinical science, and will be introduced to the principles and practice of veterinary nursing.

The second year builds upon the basic sciences through classroom-based study in veterinary anatomy. You will also cover anaesthesia and fluid therapy; surgical nursing and theatre practice; medical nursing, diagnostics and therapeutics. You will study the principles of animal ethology, behavioural development, and welfare, focusing on the commonly owned companion animal species.

To meet the clinical placement requirements of the RCVS you will spend ten weeks in clinical practice during the vacation in years one and two. Usually, this placement takes place close to your home.

Your third year comprises a 42-week placement in first-opinion veterinary practice within a 50-mile radius of the Bristol Veterinary School, and you will study professional veterinary nursing practice through lectures and online tutorials.

In your final year you will study units in applied clinical veterinary nursing and clinical skills in companion animal behaviour. You will also complete a ten-week research project on a topic of your choice, supervised by one or more members of academic staff.

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 (CCAB accreditation is pending; please contact the Bristol Veterinary School for up-to-date information).

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

A-level
Standard offer
BBC including B in Biology and B in another science related subject.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
29 points overall with 14 at Higher Level, including 5, 5 at Higher Level in Biology and in another science related subject.
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 (Animal Management, Applied Science, Biology combined with Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Bioscience, Life Science, Science) with at least 21 credits at Distinction, including 12 in Biology and 9 in another science, plus 18 credits at Merit
BTEC offer DMM in Applied Science, Animal Management or Equine Management, plus B in A-level Biology
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: BB in Biology and in another science related subject, with Standard Higher: BBBBC
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 8.0 in in another science related subject.
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 required, please see the Admissions statement.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS and interview

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Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649
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Accreditation

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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