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Advanced Apprenticeship in Veterinary Nursing (Level 3)

Key course information

Agriculture, Animals and Land Based


2 years


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Course Overview

If you’ve always dreamed of working as a Veterinary Nurse, earn while you learn and progress your career with an apprenticeship at Lackham. A three year course, the qualification is designed to prepare you for professional registration on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Register of Veterinary Nurses (RCVS). You’ll be trained at Lackham’s new Animal Resource Centre by lecturers with many years of Veterinary Nursing and teaching experience. You’ll have access to industry leading veterinary-related resources, including a Blue Cross rehoming centre and a wide range of exotic and domestic animals. You’ll be immersed in a professional environment, underpinning your learning in the workplace with hands-on and theoretical learning, preparing you to meet the daily challenges and rewards of a career as a veterinary nurse.

two female animal care students examining a dog
two female animal care students examining a dog

What will I learn?

The qualification is designed to prepare you for a career in animal care or Veterinary Nursing, based within a Veterinary Practice. You'll be equipped with all the necessary skills and knowledge to start a fulfilling career in the animal care sector, gaining experience to prepare you for a variety of roles.

Entry Requirements

Minimum of five GCSEs or standard grade passes at grade C or above, including English language, mathematics, a science subject and two further subjects or equivalent qualifications at Level 2 or higher.

Learners must have access to suitable work experience in a clinical veterinary practice. This may be on the basis of paid employment (e.g. apprenticeship) or an unpaid placement. Students who do not have access to a suitable clinical veterinary practice may contact our apprenticeship team who will offer you further advice.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Students need to complete a total of 1,290 Guided Learning Hours, which will be divided between classroom-based learning and work-based learning over the course of 3 years.

Assessments will include a portfolio of evidence, assignments, written and practical exams.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Agriculture, Animals and Land Based

Career Opportunities

  • Stock Person
  • Dairy Person
  • Zookeeper

  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Groom
  • Tree Surgeon

Agriculture is the single largest employer in the world

Grooms who work with competition or racehorses will get many opportunities to travel both in the UK and abroad

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