Veterinary Nursing/Veterinary Care Assistants

Male veterinary nurse

Why do an Apprenticeship in Veterinary Nursing/Veterinary Care?

Veterinary nurses and veterinary care assistants help veterinary surgeons (vets) by providing care for sick, injured and hospitalised animals. These programmes will interest people who have a love of animals and do not mind carrying out messy or unpleasant tasks! Veterinary nursing and veterinary care can be demanding and require real dedication, but are very rewarding.  So if you are passionate about animals and want to look after their health, one of these programmes could be ideal for you.

What career opportunities are available?

The majority of people who join this programme want to become a registered veterinary nurse 

You can qualify as a veterinary nurse either through work-based training or through higher education. Both of these routes lead to Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) registration as a veterinary nurse.  If you undertake the work-based training route, you will be employed in a veterinary surgery and study on a part-time basis, normally as part of the advanced apprenticeship in veterinary nursing (you may need to do the intermediate apprenticeship first, depending on your existing qualifications, experience and the needs of your employer).  Further details on the work-based training route into veterinary nursing, see below.

If you decide that you prefer to take the higher education route to becoming a Veterinary Nurse then you would need to undertake an RCVS-approved veterinary nursing foundation degree or degree. This normally takes between two and four years to complete and combines university/higher education with time on work placement.  For a higher education course you would usually need:

(Check the exact requirements with individual colleges and universities). You can search for course providers on the RCVS and UCAS websites

To become a qualified Veterinary Nurse you will need to achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and apply for registration with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), which then entitles you, by law, to practise as a registered veterinary nurse under veterinary direction.

It is also possible to specialise in equine veterinary nursing, either by completing the veterinary nurse training and registration and then taking a top up equine programme, or by going straight into the equine veterinary nurse training.  If you are interested in becoming an equine veterinary nurse, you can get further information from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

What training does Badgehurst Training Ltd offer in Veterinary Nursing/Veterinary Care Assistant?

We offer the following work-based programmes:

Intermediate Apprenticeship for Veterinary Care Assistants

Advanced Apprenticeship in Veterinary Nursing

You can take the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing if you already hold five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English, maths and a science, or have completed one of the following:

If you do not meet the entry requirements, then you can undertake the Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants as part of the intermediate apprenticeship for Veterinary Care Assistants.   This is the first stage of training for those who want to develop their skills and knowledge further and apply to enroll and train to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse.  Even if you don’t wish to progress to a higher level course, the intermediate apprenticeship for veterinary care assistants provides an excellent grounding in a broad range of animal nursing skills.