BSc Veterinary Nursing and Companion Animal Behaviour (D313)
A-level standard offer: BBC
A-level contextual offer:
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4 year(s) full-time
Part-time study is not available for this course
Full time: UCAS.
£9,250 per year, home students
£27,200 per year, international students
For veterinary nursing trainees there is a registration fee paid to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons when you enrol which was £196 in 2020/21. During your 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. Transport and accommodation costs may be incurred as a result of placements.
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If you’re passionate about animal welfare, this exciting degree can lead to a range of careers; 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.
Accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the course allows you to begin gaining the practical experience needed for certification as a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB). This is due to provisional validation by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) as fulfilling the academic requirements for accreditation as a CCAB*.
Your first two years are based predominantly within the vibrant cultural hub that is Bristol city centre, where our pre-clinical facilities are situated at the UK's only School of Anatomy. You will also spend time at the nearby Bristol Veterinary School, located at our rural Langford campus, where you will be hands on with animals from day one.
Bristol Veterinary School is home to an extensive range of clinical facilities, including a small animal hospital and first opinion practices. Students can also enjoy the onsite café, gym, student barn and abundant green spaces, alongside our much-celebrated welcoming and supportive community of staff and students.
*For more information, please visit the ASAB website. Full validation is expected in 2022 (subject to satisfying ASAB's conditions) and will apply to all graduates of the course.
This course is accredited 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.
Year one: you will learn the fundamentals of anatomy and mammalian physiology, the underlying principles and practice of veterinary nursing along with an introduction to professional practice.
Year two: you will continue to study anatomy, whilst a clinical veterinary nursing unit introduces 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 behaviour 'first aid' in practice.
Placement: to meet the clinical placement requirements of the RCVS, you will spend time in clinical practice during the vacation in years one and two, usually close to your home.
Year three: placement year spent in a first-opinion veterinary practice (currently within a 50-mile radius of Langford) and on rotations in the on-site referral hospital. You will also study professional veterinary nursing practice through lectures and online tutorials.
Year four: units in applied clinical veterinary nursing, clinical skills in companion animal behaviour and a ten-week research project on a topic of your choice, supervised by one or more of our expert academic team.
Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.Go to programme catalogue
We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.
A-level standard offer
BBC including B in Biology
DMM in Applied Science BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma, with Distinctions in five specified Biology units.
DMM in the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management
DDM in the City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Animal Management (Science Pathway) including one of the following modules:
308: Wildlife and Ecology Conservation
319: Inheritance and Genetics
334: Fish Biology
International Baccalaureate Diploma
29 points overall with 14 at Higher Level, including 5 in Higher Level Biology
73% overall, with 8.0 in Biology
Scottish Qualifications Authority
Advanced Higher: BB including Biology and Standard Higher: BBBBC
Access to HE Diploma
Access to HE Diploma in Science, Biomedical/ Medical/ Health Science or Psychology (or similar titles). The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include:
Requirements are as for A-levels, where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
Requirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, and M3 is C.
The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students, and we accept a wide range of qualifications for undergraduate and postgraduate study.Search international qualifications
Applicants must also meet these requirements
GCSE profile requirements
Standard numeracy requirement (4 or C in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent)
Standard literacy requirement (4 or 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 have one of the following:
- IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in all skills
- GCSE English Language grade C or 4
- An alternative English Language Profile C qualification
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels
We only use your information in UCAS and your Supplementary Assessment Questionnaire to assess your application. There are no other selection criteria or processes.
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- UCAS plus a Supplementary Assessment Questionnaire which is sent to you after application.
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