2024 entry

BSc Veterinary Nursing and Companion Animal Behaviour (D313)

Course overview

BSc Veterinary Nursing and Companion Animal Behaviour (D313)

Typical offer

A-level standard offer: BBC

A-level contextual offer:

See entry requirements for full details and eligibility.

Course duration

4 year(s) full-time

Part-time study is not available for this course

Application method

Full-time: UCAS

Full time: UCAS.


£9,250 per year, home students

£29,300 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 is £219 for 2024/25. 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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Clifton campus, Langford campus, Placements

Your degree will enable you to apply to join the RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses. We are also the only veterinary nursing higher education provider to offer clinical rotations around one of the highest-level small animal referral hospitals in the UK, located on site.

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.

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 information about our accreditations, please see our accreditations page.

See further key information about our veterinary courses on the Bristol Veterinary School website.

Course structure

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 be introduced to key concepts in clinical behaviour 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.

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Entry requirements

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.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirements

Standard numeracy requirement (4 or C in GCSE Mathematics or equivalent) and Standard literacy requirement (4 or C in GCSE English or equivalent)

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to have one of the following:

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Additional requirements

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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