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University Centre Sparsholt

Veterinary Nursing Science

UCAS Code: D311

Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,E

Three 'A' Level passes including two at grade C or above. One 'A' level grade C should be in a life science.

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

A merit profile in a relevant Access course with 45 credits at level 3, with Science units at Merit.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points with HL Biology at 4. good grades in MYP English, Maths and Science.

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

DMM

We also accept the following City & Guilds Diploma: • C&G Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080) - DMM in a relevant pathway; • C&G Extended Diploma - Merit with 6 units at Distinction

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Veterinary nursing

**WHY CHOOSE THIS DEGREE?**
- Three year full-time programme includes LANTRA Veterinary Nursing Occupational Standards

- Combine 1,800 hours of work placements with college study to gain practical skills and underpinning theory

- Gain realistic experience in our purpose built Veterinary Nursing Centre equipped to represent a contemporary veterinary practice

- Excellent rate of graduate employment

**What will I learn?**
The programme has a firm science foundation, including the specialist nursing, behaviour and research skills needed to develop industry-relevant knowledge. You will also gain valuable industry insight through visits, guest speakers and work placements.

You will learn through a combination of lectures, laboratory sessions, practical work in veterinary practice along with guided and independent work. You will have the opportunity (subject to demand) to participate in animal training and behaviour and large animal handling. A study tour is also available to South Africa or Costa Rica in the third year of the programme.

**Where can I go from here?**
After successfully completing the course and 1,800 hours of work placement, you can register as a Veterinary Nurse (subject to ‘fitness to practice’ guidelines of the RCVS). You could also continue study on the final year of a relevant BSc (Hons) programme such as the BSc (Hons) Animal Management, BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour or BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology Top-ups offered at University Centre Sparsholt.

Sparsholt graduates are employed in small animal practice, equine practice and referral hospitals and have the skills needed to work in research, the pharmaceutical industry, laboratories, zoological/wildlife parks and in education.

Modules

YEAR 1
• Functional Anatomy
• Analytical and Diagnostic Techniques
• Animal Husbandry, Inheritance and Disease
• Practice Organisation and Personal Development Planning
• Principles of Veterinary Nursing
• Work Practice 1a

YEAR 2
• Surgical Theatre Practice and Anaesthesia
• Applied Industrial Research
• Diagnostic Imaging
• Application of Veterinary Nursing Care
• Pharmacology
• Animal Behaviour
• Recent Advances in Animal Health
• Veterinary Nursing Work Practice

Assessment methods

Assessment is through a combination of coursework, including laboratory investigations, assignments and presentations and, for the elements of the Professional Syllabus, closed book examinations. Whilst on placement you will also complete a Nursing Progress Log to evidence practical competencies and on your return to college you will undertake a practical clinical examination.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£7,500
per year
England
£6,600
per year
EU
£6,600
per year
International
£7,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,600
per year
Scotland
£6,600
per year
Wales
£6,600
per year

Extra funding

Sparsholt offers a College Bursary of up to £750 per annum to all eligible students and an Aim Higher Bursary to £1200 to all students progressing from a Sparsholt Level 3 course to a FdSc or BSc.

Degree students can also apply for a grant to help cover non-travel costs associated with dissertations/ research projects, and subscriptions.

For further details please see our website https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/university-centre/fees-and-funding/.

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Course location:

University Centre Sparsholt

Department:

Veterinary Nursing Science

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