Veterinary Nursing

Our courses combine practical and academic content, providing a strong grounding in scientific knowledge and an excellent veterinary nursing education, resulting in direct entry to the RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses.

Why study Veterinary Nursing at Bristol?

We will prepare you for a diverse range of careers. Our companion animal behaviour course is the only veterinary nursing degree in the UK that fulfills the academic requirements for accreditation as a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist.* Similarly, our bioveterinary science route gives an in-depth understanding of  One Health approaches to human, animal and environment welfare, enhancing employability across both clinical and non-clinical roles. 

At Bristol you will experience clinical practice rotations at one of the highest-level animal referral hospitals in the UK, equipping you with the skills and knowledge for a range of clinical environments.

Accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), our courses are taught by leading experts active in both clinical practice and research across our Bristol city campus and our rural Langford campus.

*See course page for terms.

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What kind of student would this course suit?

You will be passionate about animals, and want to develop the skills and knowledge needed to provide high-quality veterinary nursing care.  This course would appeal to someone with good communication skills and a logical mind. Applicants should be reliable and conscientious with a problem-solving attitude, and enjoy working as part of a team to develop a high standard of professional responsibility.

You will have already undertaken a minimum of two weeks work experience, and you should have an understanding of what it means to be a veterinary nurse and a realistic understanding of the role at undergraduate and professional level.

How is this course taught and assessed?

Our courses are delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, online interactive tutorials and practical classes.

Taught units are assessed through a variety of means including written examinations, computer-based tests, written reports and practical examinations.

While you are working in a clinical environment your progress will be monitored through a practical competence assessment tool.

What are my career prospects?

The extensive science and research components of these courses ensure that you are equipped with essential knowledge and skills, making you highly employable within veterinary and related professions. Our courses offer a combination of clinical veterinary nursing and either bioveterinary science or companion animal behaviour studies, leading to a breadth of career options after you graduate.

Graduates may be employed in general veterinary practice. Opportunities will also be available in specialist veterinary referral hospitals, in veterinary schools, in animal charities and within the business sector.

Graduates who gain an upper second class degree or higher may also be able to undertake further studies, leading to a postgraduate qualification.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.


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