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Veterinary Nursing

University Centre Reaseheath

UCAS Code: VN01 | Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A minimum of 112 tariff points from A & AS levels, including at a least a grade C in one of the following subjects: GCE A Level: Biology, Chemistry, or Applied Science

112 tariff points to include a minimum of 15 credits at Distinction. Course must be Science based.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above, to include English Language, Maths and Science.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

Including 5 in HL Biology or HL Chemistry

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D*

in Applied Science or Animal Care/Management

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

in Applied Science or Animal Care/Management

A minimum of 112 tariff points, including Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science

UCAS Tariff

112

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time with year in industry | 2022

Subject

Veterinary nursing

As the range of responsibilities held by veterinary nurses increases, practices are looking for RVN nurses qualified at degree level to fulfil this requirement. If you have the motivation and commitment to build a career within the veterinary nursing profession, this degree is for you!

Accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), this course enables you to develop a range of professional skills, knowledge and competencies through a unique combination of academic study with practical learning at our animal centre and dedicated clinical training facility.

This course is a BSc. (Hons) degree delivered over a four-year period in a full-time mode. Accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the course offers a minimum of 1800 hours (48 weeks) of clinical placement within the qualification, which will be spread over years 1, 2 and 3. This gives you invaluable experience that forms part of your assessment.

This course is still subject to provisional accreditation by the RCVS. As with any RCVS validated course, this course will not receive full accreditation until the first cohort has graduated. This does not affect your final qualification.

Modules

Year 1 (Level 4) - all modules are compulsory
• Comparative Functional Anatomy and Physiology
• Companion Animal Husbandry, Behaviour and Welfare
• Professional Practice and Communication Skills
• Veterinary Operational Standards and Legislation
• Foundation Skills in Veterinary Nursing
• Scientific Data Collection and Analysis
• Clinical Placement (6 weeks)

Year 2 (Level 5) - all modules are compulsory
•Diagnostic Imaging and Laboratory Skills
•Hospitalisation and Care of Companion Animals
•Companion Animal Surgical Support and Perioperative Care
•Clinical Placement (21 weeks)

Year 3 (Level 5) - all modules are compulsory
•Research Methods
•Evidence based Clinical Practice
•Anaesthesiology for Veterinary Nursing
•Clinical Placement (21 weeks)

Year 4 (Level 6)
Compulsory modules
• Dissertation
• Veterinary Nurse-led Clinics
• Advances in Veterinary Nursing
Optional modules
• Care, Nursing and Rehabilitation of Wildlife and Exotic Species OR Animal Rehabilitation Therapies
• Clinical Animal Behaviour OR Animal Assisted Interventions

Students must also complete the OSCEs for Veterinary Nursing at the beginning of Year 4.

Assessment methods

Assessment will take a variety of forms including reports, essays, academic posters, presentations, clinical role play and examinations. Assessment components will be identified in line with the University of Chester modular framework guidance.

An additional requirement of the assessment strategy will be the demonstration of clinical skills competence through observation during clinical placement
This programme is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as conveying a license to practise. This means that successful graduates are eligible to apply for entry to the register of veterinary nurses and use the post-nominal RVN.

Students are expected to complete and pass all the identified modules at the required level of study in order to progress to the following year. To successfully progress to the next level of study, students are required to achieve the minimum weighted module mark of 40% for each module. In addition, for specified modules at Levels 4 and 5, each item of assessment in the module must achieve the minimum threshold attainment of 40%.

If an item of assessment within a module is failed (i.e. it does not achieve the minimum mark of 40%), a reassessment opportunity may be offered. Whilst the format of a reassessment is likely to be the same as the original assessment, the specific details will be different. Failure to complete outstanding components of assessment may result in the student not being eligible for progression.

Students must complete and achieve the requirements of the clinical placement before they are eligible to take the OSCEs.

A variety of assessment forms are included in this programme. These include written reports, presentations, case studies, research proposals, workbooks, academic posters and written and practical exams.

Typically, students will complete 2 to 3 items of assessment for each module which will include a combination of the assessment types identified above. A number of modules in years 1 to 3 include written and practical exams in line with RCVS requirements.

In addition, students undertake a formative assessment at the start of the programme. This is designed to help identify any additional support needs the student may have but also to establish expectations in terms of the requirements of higher education level work. Formative assessment opportunities are built into all modules through the use of in-class activities such as question and answer, debates and seminar discussions and through the completion of activities using the virtual learning environment, Moodle.

Details of all assessments are made available to students at the start of the academic year, typically via their course handbook. This includes details of the modules, assessment components, learning outcomes assessed and launch, submission and return dates. Each coursework assessment is accompanied by a specific brief that provides details of the assessment task along with the assessment and grading criteria that will be used for marking purposes.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University Centre Reaseheath

Department:

Animal Science

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

38%
low
Veterinary nursing

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Animal science

Teaching and learning

71%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
33%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
43%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

48%
Library resources
67%
IT resources
52%
Course specific equipment and facilities
0%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

After graduation


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