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Veterinary Nursing (Small Animals) - C&G Level 3 Diploma at East Durham College

Course description

It's a 2 year course for students wishing to gain skills in veterinary nursing. You will be working in our simulated veterinary practice surroundings and gaining experience in the College animal unit.

Course content


Topics include: Anaesthesia, radiography, diagnostic imaging, medicines, pre and post operative care, veterinary emergencies, animal welfare, functional anatomy, professional relationships within veterinary practice.


Entry requirements

Direct Entry: 5 x GCSEs A* - C including Maths, English and Science or to have achieved the Level 2 Veterinary Care Assistant at overall distinction grade plus Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 5 weeks work experience in a veterinary practice. Employment or a placement in practice is essential, at a minimum of 3 days per week over the 2 year period, this placement or employment must be confirmed prior to enrolment on the course.


External examination, clinical skill logs, practical exam and assignments.

Financial information

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

Future opportunities

Following successful completion of this course you may gain employment in the land-based sector as a veterinary nurse. Veterinary nurses then may specialise in small animals or equine and gain employment in varied practices in the UK and abroad.

Further information


Progression options following successful completion of this course may enable you to progress into employment as a head nurse, practice manager, clinical coach or a specialist veterinary nurse in the fields of surgery, oncology or hydrotherapy. Other options include laboratory technician or nutritional representative.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact East Durham College directly.

Last updated date: 12 April 2016
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