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Veterinary Nursing - Level 3 Diploma at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai

Course description

Would you like a career with animals? Are you interested in becoming a Veterinary Nurse?

Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor's Glynllifon Campus is the only centre in North Wales to run the City and Guilds Level 3 course, which is approved by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, you cannot undertake all the duties of a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse without this qualification.

The course is suitable if you already work on the nursing side in a veterinary practice, or if you are interested in working with animals.

Course content

Some of the units covered include:

  • Operational requirements of a veterinary practice
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Animal welfare, health and husbandry
  • Infection control
  • Nursing support
  • Nursing emergency and critical care
  • Supply of medicines
  • Diagnostic skills
  • Anaesthesia
  • Laboratory
  • Operating theatre practice

The course will be delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Lectures, to cover the theory
  • Practical experience in a realistic working environment with a range of animals in purpose-built facilities on the Glynllifon Campus
  • Work placement and training with a designated clinical coach.

The course is run over 9 week blocks and can be quite intensive.

During the first year, you will spend the first 9 weeks having classroom sessions which will cover the theory relating to Veterinary Nursing. The following 9 week block will be spent at a Veterinary Training Practice. This will alternate over the duration of the course.

The Glynllifon site is 750 acres of farm and woodland, with its own indoor riding centre and animal centre, allowing your studies to be carried out in a realistic setting.

Entry requirements

Before undertaking this qualification, you must hold five GCSEs or Standard grade passes at grade C or above in:

  • English language
  • Mathematics
  • A science subject
  • Two further subjects

Learners must also have a guaranteed work placement in an Approved Training Practice for the duration of the course. You will need a total of 60 weeks (2,100 hours) practical training.

Places on the programme are subject to successful interview.


The programme will be assessed through a blend of the following:

  •  Portfolio of evidence (Nursing Progress Log) over 2.5 years
  • Centre-devised assignments x 5
  • Centre-devised exams x 3
  • Online multiple choice tests, using 'Evolve' x 3
  • Practical exam (OSCE) consisting of 12 stations. These are sat externally, usually on a weekend.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the course can lead to a rewarding career and allow learners to progress into employment within the Veterinary Nursing Sector.

It also allows learners to progress onto other higher level qualifications within the sector such as the BSc/FD/HND in Veterinary Nursing.

Within Veterinary Nursing, there are also opportunities to specialise in specific areas e.g. Behaviour, wound management.

Career opportunities

  • Animal Behaviourist
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Animal Trainer
  • Animal Welfare Officer
  • Dog Groomer
  • Dog Handler
  • Kennels/Catteries Manager
  • Public Services Officer (DEFRA)
  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Zoo & Wildlife Park Worker


Further information

Programme code: 0303C03B

Depending on the campus, students may be able to access elements of the programme in both English and Welsh through some programme learning materials being made available bilingually. Details will be provided to you at interview.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Grŵp Llandrillo Menai directly.

Last updated date: 06 October 2016

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