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The Level 3 Apprenticeship in Veterinary Nursing provides opportunities to students working in Veterinary Practice to gain their qualification and practice Veterinary Nursing under Schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966.It is delivered over two - three years and is designed to support the preparation of veterinary nurses for professional registration on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Register of Veterinary Nurses.It is mandatory for those seeking entry to the RCVS Register to be in possession of an ‘approved qualification’. The Level 3 Apprenticeship in Veterinary Nursing falls into this category.
What will I learn?
The Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Veterinary Nursing qualification is delivered at the Lackham Campus by a qualified, registered and experience team, who have many years of Veterinary Nursing and teaching experience.
Students will have access to a range of quality veterinary related resources, Blue Cross rehoming centre and a wide range of exotic and domestic animals on site to support practical handling assessments.
The qualification has been developed for students seeking a specialised qualification in animal nursing, with the overall aim being to prepare students for a career in Veterinary Nursing, based within a Veterinary Practice.
Before undertaking this qualification, learners must hold a 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 be employed and supported by an RCVS registered Training Veterinary Practice (TP). The Veterinary Practice must provide a Clinical Coach to the student who will support them in practice whilst allowing them day release weekly to attend college.
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
Students need to complete a total 4200 guided learning hours (GLH) which will be divided between classroom-based learning and work-based learning over the course of 2-3 years. 600GLH are allocated to classroom-based teaching with 2years to learn and pass the theory-based assessments.
A further 1year is allocated for students to complete their practical end point assessments (OSCEs)
Candidates must complete all the assessments for the qualification which include:
• Portfolio of evidence (ePortfolio)
• Awarding Organisation devised assignments
• Awarding Organisation devised multiple choice exams
• Centre devised Practical Tasks (End of Year 1)
• Awarding Organisation devised Professional Discussion
• Practical exam (OSCE)
What Could I Do Next?
On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses
The Level 3 Apprenticeship in Veterinary Nursing is designed to support the preparation of veterinary nurses for professional registration on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Register of Veterinary Nurses by providing them with Day 1 Competencies.Following this, Veterinary Nurses could progress to specialise in particular areas of nursing such as medical, surgical fields. Alternative nurses may decide to teach/train future veterinary nurses or work towards a nursing manager role. The Veterinary Nursing Qualification can open pathways to conservation, charity and research work also. These examples of progression opportunities are not exhaustive.