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Glyndwr University, Wrexham

Veterinary Nursing


Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

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Full-time | 2020


Veterinary nursing

Veterinary Nurses have a key role within the multidisciplinary veterinary team in providing evidence-based nursing care for their patients.

If you think you would enjoy working with companion animals and their owners to improve their wellbeing and would thrive in an environment that is challenging, varied but immensely rewarding, this is the course for you.

This course is delivered by a supportive, small team of experts who will guide you with your studies to ensure that you achieve your professional and personal goals.

Teaching sessions will be delivered in our new clinical suite where you will apply theory to practice throughout your studies. The clinical suite has been equipped with a range of veterinary equipment and training manikins to provide you with a realistic learning experience.

*Subject to accreditation and validation

• On programme completion, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the RCVS, and use the post-nominal letters RVN.
• Be part of a small collaborative learning community with staff and students.
• Sessions delivered by experts where 100% student satisfaction has been gained in animal programmes.
• Teaching sessions are based on student-centred methods within a practical environment.

*Subject to validation and accreditation As part of its continuous quality assurance and enhancement, the University has new and updated courses in development. The details of these courses are in the process of being finalised and are awaiting their turn in the approval cycle, known as the ‘validation’ process. As soon as the programmes are validated the details of the course will be confirmed. The majority of new courses that are still ‘subject to validation’ are approved by their validation process; however, this is not guaranteed and should the course not go ahead as planned, or be significantly amended, you will be informed by the university and assistance will be provided to those who have been offered a place to find a suitable alternative course either at Wrexham Glyndwr University or at another provider. When a course is validated, it must also be accredited. Accreditation also has to be renewed periodically for existing courses. The details on the website are based on the accreditation of the previous or current version of the course, and the anticipated updates are made as soon as they are known. The majority of courses that are still ‘subject to accreditation’ are approved as expected however, this is not guaranteed and should the accreditation not be approved as planned, or be significantly amended or delayed, you will be informed by the university.




• Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Disease: This module will develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of animal anatomy and physiology at both systems and cellular level. The module will integrate physiology and pathophysiology to develop a student’s understanding of disease states.
• Foundations of Patient Care: A diverse module which introduces the student to evidence-based patient care and will cover a wide range of topics and skills, which are essential for the veterinary nurse in practice. The student will develop an understanding and set of skills to safely handle and restrain animals for a range of procedures that are required in practice. Modifications that a veterinary nurse can introduce to ensure patients are as comfortable and stress-free as possible in the veterinary environment will be explored with the theory and practice of nursing care plans being central to positive patient outcomes.
• Foundations of Nursing Practice: The module aims to equip the student with a knowledge and an understanding of wound management, bandaging techniques and first aid procedures. The importance of fluid therapy in patient treatment and recovery will be covered. Physical therapy will also be covered in this module and the benefits it can have on patient outcomes. Another area that is important for veterinary nurses to be knowledgeable and confident in is veterinary medicines and the legislation and requirements around this topic. An introductory to pharmacology and pharmacodynamics will be covered in this module.
• Professional and Academic Development 1: In this module, the student will be introduced to the RCVS Nursing Progress Log (NPL), the RCVS day one competences (DOC) and day one skills (DOS). This module prepares the student for their first placement in veterinary practice as well as developing essential skills required for their academic studies, which will be used and extended on throughout the programme.

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4/5)


• Diagnostic Procedures and Parasitology
• Nursing the Medical and Infectious Patient
• Anaesthesia and Surgical Nursing Practice


• Emergency, Critical Care and Specialised Nursing
• Veterinary Nursing in the Community
• Leadership and Reflective Nursing
• Clinical Skills and Professional Practice

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment methods

Assessments methods are varied and designed to stretch and challenge all students. They are also linked to the skills and knowledge that will be required within the veterinary profession. Assessments may include:

• Designing an informative client leaflet
• Care plan report
• In-class test
• Literature review
• Group presentation
• Reflective logs
• Objective Structured Competency Examination (OSCE)

Contact hours: For level 4 modules, students will receive 36 hours of contact time and at level 5, contact time with students will be 30 hours.

Student-centred teaching will be the focus, using the Glyndwr clinical suite at the centre of all teaching sessions to enable a theory to practice learning experience.

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