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New foundation year programme set to widen opportunity for degree level veterinary nursing study


Middlesex University BSc Honours Veterinary Nurses at Graduation

Middlesex University BSc Honours Veterinary Nurses at Graduation

The College of Animal Welfare is delighted to announce that a new four year, full-time, BSc (Honours) Veterinary Nursing with Foundation Year programme, awarded by Middlesex University, will run at its Huntingdon centre in Cambridgeshire from October 2018.

The new programme offers an alternative pathway onto degree level veterinary nursing study for those students who do not have the necessary entry requirements, or are not quite ready for direct entry onto year one of the BSc programme. The foundation (first) year is classroom based and introduces key veterinary nursing topics as well as equipping students with solid study and research skills and preparing them for employability within the veterinary profession.

Frank Taylor, Vice Principal Veterinary Studies at The College of Animal Welfare, said “Each year we speak to many potential students who show great passion and commitment to join the veterinary nursing profession but, for many reasons, do not have the qualifications required for direct entry. For some this is through lack of opportunity or personal circumstances, for others it may be a decision to change career but find that the qualifications they already hold are not in the required subjects”. He continued “This new programme reflects our commitment to finding new ways of widening learning opportunities and we are looking forward to welcoming the first cohort of students next autumn”.

Successful completion of the foundation year allows students to continue on to Middlesex University’s pioneering BSc (Honours) Veterinary Nursing held at the College’s Huntingdon centre; a programme that was the first every veterinary nursing degree in Europe and paved the way for graduate level veterinary nursing study. Those students who successfully complete the foundation year but choose not to continue onto the full BSc programme will be awarded a Foundation Certificate in Animal Health Studies.

All applications should be made through UCAS. Open evenings at The College of Animal Welfare’s Huntingdon centre are being held on Thursday 12 October 2017 (6-8pm) and Wednesday 10 January 2018 (6-8pm), or more information can be found at


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