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Veterinary Nursing Level 3 Diploma at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

This RCVS approved course provides a recognised route to small animal veterinary nursing registration. This is a 2 year part time College Course; College attendance will be 1 extended day per week. Up to four days per week will be spent in a Veterinary practice either as an employee or apprentice.

Course content

  • Understanding the operational requirements of a veterinary practice - This unit facilitates an understanding of working practise and the essential operation of a veterinary practice so that an employee may work effectively and safely within such an environment.
  • Comparative functional anatomy for veterinary nursing practice -This unit provides the student veterinary nurse with an appropriate theoretical knowledge of the normal structure and function of the major body systems of a range of species. It also provides initial insight into how normal physiological function can be disrupted and how this relates to disease processes.
  • Professional relationships and communication for veterinary nursing practice - This unit facilitates an understanding of the dynamics of communication within a veterinary setting, including inter-professional relationships and relationships with veterinary clients.
  • Applied animal welfare, health and husbandry for veterinary nurses - This unit facilitates an understanding of principles of animal welfare and husbandry in relation to work in a veterinary practice.  
  • Infection control in veterinary practice - This unit facilitates an understanding of the essentials of control of infection in clinical veterinary practice.
  • Essentials of practical veterinary nursing care for hospitalised animals - This unit facilitates practical competence in the essentials of nursing sick animals within a veterinary environment.
  • Supporting the supply of veterinary medicines¬≠¬≠ ¬≠- This unit facilitates an understanding of veterinary pharmacology and the supply of medicines within a veterinary environment.
  • Veterinary nursing support of diagnostic imaging - This unit facilitates an understanding of the application of diagnostic imaging techniques within a veterinary environment.
  • Veterinary nursing support for laboratory diagnostics - This unit facilitates an understanding of diagnostic testing and essential laboratory techniques in clinical veterinary practice.
  • Supporting veterinary operating theatre practice - This unit facilitates an understanding of veterinary operating theatre practice for veterinary nurses.
  • Understanding the essentials of veterinary nursing care for hospitalised animals - This unit facilitates an understanding of the essentials of nursing sick animals within a veterinary environment.
  • Principles of supporting veterinary anaesthesia - This unit facilitates an understanding of anaesthesia and anaesthetic monitoring in clinical veterinary practice.
  • Preparing for professional registration - This unit will assist student veterinary nurses nearing the point of qualification for the RCVS Register to understand and explore the concept of professional accountability and their duties as registered practitioners. 
  • Principles of peri-operative veterinary nursing support for small animals - This unit facilitates an understanding of peri-operative nursing care principles relating to small animals within a veterinary environment.
  • Principles of veterinary nursing support for small animal patients - This unit facilitates an understanding of the complex nursing of sick small animals within a veterinary environment.
  • Principles of small animal veterinary nursing emergency and critical care - This unit prepares students to provide first aid treatment to injured, and nursing care to critically ill small animals within a veterinary environment. 
  • Practical monitoring of small animal veterinary anaesthesia - This unit is intended to form part of a qualification leading to a regulated professional licence. As such it is independently assessed.
  • Practical peri-operative veterinary nursing support for small animals - This unit develops practical peri-operative nursing care skills relating to small animals within a veterinary environment.
  • Practical veterinary nursing support of small animal patients - is unit facilitates the acquisition of practical skills in the complex nursing of sick small animals within a veterinary environment.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSE's at Grade C or above, to include English Language, Science and Mathematics.
  • From August 2017 GCSE Maths and English will be graded differently, and a Grade 5 would be required for this course.
  • Students must either be employed by, or taken on as an Apprentice by a Veterinary Training Practice.

Assessment

Students will complete a series of assessments as part of the programme delivery. Externally set examinations are completed throughout the course, including a number of practical assessments in the final year. In addition, the employer will provide the student veterinary nurse with a Clinical Coach in the work place to support assessment of the occupational standards.

Future opportunities

Career opportunities include Small Animal Veterinary Nursing, specialising in nutritional advice, surgical or medical nursing, practice managment etc. Other routes may include sale and supply or other animal related employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Warwickshire College Group directly.

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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