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Veterinary Nursing Level 3 Diploma at Northumberland College

Course description

This qualification is for learners who work or want to work as veterinary nurses in the Veterinary Nursing sector. It is designed to support the preparation of veterinary nurses for professional registration on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Register of Veterinary Nurses. The qualification is mandatory for those seeking entry to the RCVS Register to be in possession of an approved qualification. The Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing falls into this category.

Course content

You will study exciting and developmental units including: Examples: Understanding the Operational Requirements of a Veterinary Practice Comparative Functional Anatomy for a Veterinary Nursing Practice Infection Control in a Veterinary Practice Supporting the Supply of Veterinary Medicines Veterinary Nursing Support for Laboratory Diagnostics Principles of Supporting Veterinary Anaesthesia Principles of Veterinary Nursing Support for Small Animal Patients Principles of Peri-operative Veterinary Nursing Support for Horses (Equine route) You will learn, develop and practise the skills and knowledge required for employment and/or career progression in the Veterinary Nursing sector. The qualification can be done in the context of small animals or equine.


Your progress will be assessed by a range of methods including: Holistic assessment includes : MCQ, Assignments, Centre Devised Examinations, Nursing Progression Log (NPL) electronic portfolio and OSCE practical examinations

Future opportunities

After completing the course: You can progress directly into employment within the Veterinary Nursing Sector. You could also progress onto other higher level qualifications within the sector: RCVS Veterinary Nursing 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 May 2016

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    • Kirkley Hall is a stunning rural campus and a great environment to study in with specialist resources to meet the needs of our students. Combine this with our team of experience and highly skilled staff and you will see that a successful future will be yours.

      The college campus in Ponteland is approximately 8 miles from Newcastle city centre and is easily accessible by bus or car, so you can enjoy the best of city and rural life.

      You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career. Facilities include:

      • A 17th century rural estate with and grade II listed Kirkley Hall
      • An equestrian centre with indoor and outdoor riding arenas, 25 horse stable yard and specialist equine facilities
      • Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens with over 120 species
      • A veterinary centre and grooming parlour
      • An outdoor activity centre with high ropes and zip wire and sailing base at Blyth
      • Two farms; one at Kirkley and one in the Coquet Valley
      • Victorian walled gardens, over 1,330m2 of greenhouses and a garden design studio
      • Cyber Café
      • A Learning Resource Centre devoted to the land-based sector which includes a range of learning materials, an IT suite and quiet study areas
      • Halls of residence facilities