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Veterinary Nursing and Applied Animal Behaviour

University Centre West Anglia

UCAS Code: D990 | Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

Entry requirements


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To include at least one A-level in a biological science at grade C or above, or equivalent level 3 qualification. Applicants must also have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C (4 points) or above, to include English and maths and one science subject. Interview may be required.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

**This programme combines the practical training and work experience required to become an RCVS registered veterinary nurse, alongside a broader programme of study for Foundation Degree.**

Students will receive a thorough training in scientific theory and principles with a particular emphasis on the study of animal behaviour and animal welfare. In addition, students will be required to develop extensive work-based skills during an extended period of placement within RCVS approved veterinary training practices.

Applicants must have a genuine interest in animal health and welfare. They must be keen to learn how to provide expert nursing care for domestic animals as well as education and support for their owners. They should have a clear understanding of the range of practical work required in a veterinary surgery (preferably via work experience), be a good communicator and enjoy teamwork. Full-time attendance within each trimester is approximately 12 hours per week, usually over three days. Work experience within the 70 weeks of work placement in a registered veterinary training practice is on a full-time basis.

**Course Aims**

- For the student to acquire and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles underpinning Veterinary Nursing and Applied Animal Behaviour

- To demonstrate the ability to access relevant information and communicate the principles of the subject both orally and in writing, becoming a flexible and independent learner

- To produce a safe, competent and reflective veterinary nurse who is eligible for admission onto the RCVS Veterinary Nurse Register

- To demonstrate an advanced range of practical skills and experience in Veterinary Nursing and Applied Animal Behaviour and related areas of science

- To promote the ability to work independently, to originate and test ideas scientifically, and to review critically the results obtained

- To demonstrate a wide range of transferable skills and competencies (oral communication, written, numerical and computational skills), including strategies to update personal and employment competencies relevant to careers in veterinary nursing, animal behaviour and a wider range of graduate employment opportunities

- To develop a deep understanding of the wider social, economic and ethical implications of Veterinary Nursing and Applied Animal Behaviour

- To promote the development of the student as a reflective, flexible, independent learner with extensive knowledge, who will contribute to the standing of the veterinary nursing profession and research within the discipline to encourage further progression within higher education and research

- To create a strong foundation for lifelong learning

Assessment methods

Theoretical and practical elements of the course curriculum will be assessed using a variety of methods, including computer based exercises, essays, practical reports, laboratory skills, project reports and seen and unseen examinations. During the allocated 1,800 hours of work placement in an RCVS approved veterinary training practice, students will be under continuous assessment.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,000
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Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge campus

Department:

Veterinary Nursing and Animal Care

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