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4 ways to fund your veterinary nurse training


If you’re interested in studying veterinary nursing with us, you may have asked yourself a very common question that many people ask when looking into further education: how am I going to finance my veterinary nurse training?

The good news is that there are lots of payment methods available to you! To help you decide what method is best for your circumstances, take a look at just a few of your payment options…

  1. Payment in full or annually

Paying the veterinary nursing course fee in full before the start of the course, if you are able to do so, is the most simple and straightforward way to pay. Alternatively, you can pay for your course annually.

  1. Pay As You Learn Scheme

For those who are looking for a way of breaking down the cost of veterinary nurse training into more manageable payments, our Pay As You Learn (PAYL) scheme could be for you. On this scheme you can pay for your course fees by monthly direct debit or by monthly recurring payments via a credit or debit card. Your monthly payments will occur whist you are on programme until the date on your qualification certificate.

Please note that veterinary nursing fees, such as membership and exam fees are payable on top of course fees and are not included in the PAYL scheme.

Find out more about the Pay As You Learn scheme.

  1. Apprenticeships

If you are employed in a veterinary practice, you may be eligible to undertake the diploma course as part of an apprenticeship, in which case your employer would be required to pay your course fees. Many employers will support their staff with apprenticeship training if they believe the knowledge and skills you will gain will be of benefit to their organisation, so it is worth a chat to see if this possible.

  1. Advanced Learner Loan

If you are 19 years of age or over, living in England and planning to undertake the a level 3 veterinary nursing diploma course, you could qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help contribute to the cost of your studies.

With the Advanced Learner Loan, there’s no credit check, your household income isn’t taken into account and you won’t have to pay anything back until you earn over £25,000 a year. Once you start earning over £25,000 a year, you will pay back 9% of your income each month. So for example if you earned £27,000 a year you would pay back £15 a month.

Find out more about the Advanced Learner Loan.

If you’re interested in training as a veterinary nurse, but are still unsure about how you would fund your studies, please do not hesitate to contact us at or call us on 01480 422060 to discuss your options in further detail, as there may be other options available or a method you may not have considered.