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Why study the VetSkill Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Companion Animal)?

Following the announcement of our move to awarding body VetSkill for all new companion animal diploma veterinary nursing students starting from January 2020, you may be wondering why you should study the new qualification.

Here, we go through the many benefits of studying the VetSkill Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Companion Animal):

Employer-led learning

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The qualification has been developed following consultation with training providers, veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses to ensure it is fit for purpose and produces veterinary nurses with the necessary skills and competences required in today’s veterinary practice.

Streamlined content

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The programme supports learners by focussing on the practical RCVS Day-One Skills and Competences and underpinning knowledge relevant to the role of the Registered Veterinary Nurse, whilst encouraging a holistic approach to nursing in the profession. Throughout the programme, you will undertake the following units:

  • Professional Veterinary Nursing Responsibilities
  • Diagnostic Principles
  • Principles of Veterinary Nursing Care 1
  • Pharmacology and Dispensary Management
  • Practical Veterinary Nursing Skills 1
  • Anaesthesia and Theatre Nursing Skills
  • Life Stage Nursing Care and Support
  • Principles of Veterinary Nursing Care 2
  • Surgical Nursing and Patient Care
  • Practical Veterinary Nursing Skills 2

You may notice there is not a unit dedicated to Anatomy and Physiology. Instead, this is embedded throughout each of the units to encourage sequential and practical learning.

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Embedded SQP training

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Embedded within the qualification is the training required for students to become a Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) for companion animals, allowing candidates to register for both RVN and SQP-C status on the successful achievement of the required assessments.

Embraced technology

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An e-Portfolio is completed by students to evidence their practical competence against the RCVS Day One skills.

Applications to start the VetSkill Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Companion Animal) in January 2020 from all of our centres are open now.

If you have any further questions about the new qualification or VN training please do not hesitate to get in touch by calling us on 01480 422060 or emailing

Apply to start training as a veterinary nurse this January

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