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How we can support veterinary practices during COVID-19

At The College of Animal Welfare, we offer a variety of training options and support for businesses in the veterinary and animal care field, and we’re doing all we can to continue to support employers throughout what is a period of immense change. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present staffing, recruitment and training challenges for many veterinary practices, we wanted to outline some of the ways in which we can support veterinary practices during this time. Let’s take a look: 

Veterinary Nurse Training

As one of the UKs largest and most establish veterinary nurse training providers, we can help you recruit and train loyal, professional and highly qualified veterinary nurses. If you’re looking to recruit a student veterinary nurse in the near future, there’s still time to recruit in time for our next Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing intake starting in January. Equally, applications are also open for start dates in April and September 2021, leaving plenty of time to plan ahead. If you would like to discuss your training or recruitment needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Veterinary Nursing Apprenticeships

Our Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing programme is also available for student veterinary nurses to undertake as part of an apprenticeship. As 95% of apprenticeship training fees are covered by the government for small employers, and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for apprentices is only £4.10*, recruiting an apprentice veterinary nurse could be an affordable way to grow your practice team in the coming months.

Taking on an apprentice is more cost effective than usual at the moment, as the government has recently introduced some new financial incentives for employers recruiting apprentices in the next 6 months. You can read more about these incentives here. More than this, if you choose CAW as your training provider we can help you recruit free of charge.  

If you are considering recruiting an apprentice veterinary nurse, either for a course intake coming up this September or in the near future, please do get in touch with us for an informal chat about the process on 01480 422060 / You can read more about apprenticeship training and what we can offer at CAW on our website. 

Veterinary Nursing Student Placement Scheme

Your practice may not be in a position to recruit student veterinary nurses at the moment. If so, have you considered taking on a student veterinary nurse for a short, unpaid work placement to fill any staffing gaps? We have diploma and degree level student veterinary nurses looking for unpaid work placements in veterinary practices across the UK. There are a number of benefits to taking part in the scheme:   

  • Your practice could be eligible for free training practice approval and clinical coach training
  • All work placements are unpaid
  • You interview the student beforehand
  • There’s no need for extra insurance
  • You could keep your student for up to two year
  • Quick and simple to record your student’s experience with the online Nursing Progress Log (NPL) or ePortfolio
  • Upon qualification you could even find that your student becomes your next loyal qualified RVN!

You can read more about our practice placement scheme here  

Training Practice Approval

If you are a veterinary practice looking to become involved in veterinary nurse training, we can help you achieve this.

You will need to be approved as either a Training and Assessment Practice (TP) or an Auxiliary Training and Assessment Practice (aTP) by an Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) approved Primary Centre.

In March 2001 The College of Animal Welfare became the first Veterinary Nursing Approved Centre (VNAC) to be appointed by the RCVS, and have since become the largest Primary Centre in the UK supporting over 300 practices. Find out how to become a Training Practice.

Bespoke Training and Consultancy

We have worked with many of the UK’s leading animal welfare organisations for a number of years, providing bespoke training, eLearning solutions and consultancy to support organisations with their staff training needs. Find out how bespoke training and consultancy could work for you.

Contact us to discuss your training and recruitment needs

Here at CAW, we are doing all we can to continue to provide quality teaching and support employers and businesses throughout what is a period of immense change. You can read more about our response to COVID-19 on our website. If you have any queries about veterinary nurse training, or if there’s anything we can do to help support your practice during this time, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 01480 422060 or email us at  


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