How do I become a Veterinary Nurse?
To commence training as a Veterinary Nurse you must attain GCSEs (or an equivalent award) in English, Maths and Science, achieving grades C or above. Veterinary Nurse training can subsequently be undertaken as either an apprenticeship or through higher education.
The RCVS website details the two training routes available and provides a list of accredited education centres. The apprenticeship is a more ‘hands-on’ approach, where students work full time within a veterinary practice and are released for one day a week to attend college. Training lasts about three and a half years and results in a hard earned Veterinary Nursing Diploma.
Learning via higher education involves enrolling with a chosen University and students will undertake block weeks at University, combined with block weeks working within a designated practice. The course takes about three and a half years and earns the student a Degree in Veterinary Nursing.
Students have to complete a variety of case studies as well as complete a skills log – proving their competence in a variety of tasks ranging from running a blood sample to monitoring an anaesthetic. Students have to pass all paper examinations and a set of nerve-wracking practical exams.
Both courses require students to be extremely committed and driven but there efforts are rewarded when they achieve the title ‘Veterinary Nurse’, joining a very prestigious club. Arun Vet Group is proud to be a registered nurse training practice and we feel honoured to be able to support such a valuable organisation as the British Veterinary Nursing Association, producing some amazing nurses who have gone on to become established members of our team.