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Veterinary Nursing Level 3 Apprenticeship at Badgehurst Training Ltd

Course description

This programme provides learners entering the veterinary nursing profession with the skills and knowledge to become a qualified registered Veterinary Nurse. Student veterinary nurses work under the supervision of qualified veterinary nurses and Veterinary Surgeons to provide supportive care of animals receiving treatment.

Course content

On the advanced apprenticeship in veterinary nursing you will study for the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Small Animal pathway)
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths at Level 2.

Other non-certificates components of the programme include: 

  • Induction to apprenticeship
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Be Safe! (health and safety)

Entry requirements

To undertake an advanced apprenticeship you must be employed as a student veterinary nurse for a minimum of 30 hours per week.  If you already have a job, and your employer agrees, you can join an apprenticeship.  If you are seeking employment as a student veterinary nurse you can find your own Employer or apply for a job through the apprenticeship vacancies service.   All apprentices need to have contract of employment and earn at least the the national minimum wage for apprentices.  You must have a love of animals and a genuine commitment to ensuring their health and welfare.

To register as a student veterinary nurse you will need to have at least five GCSE passes at grade C or higher. Subjects must include English language, mathematics and a science subject plus 2 other GCSEs. Where an entrant does not have such qualifications, equivalent qualifications may be accepted.  This includes:

  • ABC Awards (BVNA) Certificate for Animal Nursing Assistants
  • NPTC/C&G National Certificate for Veterinary Care Assistants

Please note that these qualifications are acceptable only when accompanied by Key/Functional Skills at level 2 in Application of Number/Maths and Communication/English.


There are a range of assessment methods used on  this programme, including the formal examinations (both theory and practical), assignments and tasks, and the collection of evidence of practical performance in the workplace (recorded on an e-portfolio).

Future opportunities

Once qualified many Registered Veterinary Nurses continue to work in veterinary practice, taking on greater responsibilities, such as head nurse, practice manager, and teaching/training other nurses or supporting staff. Positions outside veterinary practice includes work in research establishments, laboratories, universities, colleges, zoological/wildlife parks, charities, pharmaceutical companies and breeding/boarding kennels. Further options include other areas of the animal care industry such as animal boarding manager, or an animal welfare inspector.

Apprentices successfully completing the Advanced Apprenticeship have opportunities to progress within the industry by going on to Higher Education courses such as a HNC/D, Foundation Degree or Degree (BSc). Examples of courses available across the UK include:

  • Veterinary Nursing with Business Management
  • Veterinary Nursing and Animal Behaviour
  • Veterinary Nursing with Practice Management
  • Bioveterinary Science
  • Equine Veterinary Nursing

For Apprentices who wish to continue their development of skills and qualifications beyond degree level, opportunities exist to progress further in Higher Education with courses such as a Masters Degree which could include:

  • Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health by Distance Learning
  • Veterinary Science
  • Clinical Veterinary Science

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Badgehurst Training Ltd directly.

Last updated date: 18 November 2016

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