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Veterinary nursing Apprenticeship Level 3 at Bath College

Course description

As a veterinary nurse you will look after sick animals as well as undertaking minor surgery, monitoring during anaesthesia, medical treatments and diagnostic tests under veterinary supervision. You will also play an important role in the education of owners on good standards of animal care and welfare. The job role will also include customer service and reception duties.

This Advanced Apprenticeship has been developed by veterinary industry employers and the RCVS.  It is mandatory for those seeking entry onto the RCVS Register and you will be enrolled with the RCVS as a student veterinary nurse.   You will be closely trained and supervised in the workplace by a Registered Veterinary Nurse or Veterinary Surgeon who will act as your Clinical Coach to support the completion of a Nursing Progress Log (on line portfolio).  The course consists of 19  Units covering a wide range of veterinary nursing skills such as  Animal health and welfare,  Infection control, Laboratory diagnostics, Operating theatre practice, Veterinary anaesthesia, Emergency and critical care and Preparing for veterinary registration.  There are a number of on-line exams, written exams and assignments and when you have completed all of those elements you will take the final Objective Structured Clinical Exam (practical exam).  You will also have to complete an Employers Rights and Responsibilities booklet and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills document.  Regular reviews will take place in the workplace by the veterinary nursing team to ensure that you are fully supported and progressing at a suitable pace.

Entry requirements

The college course runs over two years and you will need to be employed in a Veterinary Training Practice, have 5 GCSE’s A*-C Maths, English (or Functional Skills Maths and English L2) and Science, or a VCA L2 Diploma.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 February 2016

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