Institution code: H12
4 years (full-time) including a one-year work placement
Harper Adams University campus (and location of work placement)
There are increasing employment opportunities within veterinary nursing, veterinary practice management, the development of vet practices and the animal health industry. Harper Adams’ courses are approved by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the requirements for gaining the RCVS Veterinary Nursing Licence to Practice are written into the course structure, so you will not only have the skills and rights of a registered veterinary nurse but also those skills provided by an honours degree in science. Because of the vocational nature of the course, the content is a balance between practical work (vital to gain the necessary experience to become a qualified nurse) and the intellectual skills needed for a degree. You will learn practical skills at Harper Adams, via short block release during the university terms, from work experience completed during vacations and by the work placement year.
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To obtain the nursing qualification 60 weeks equivalent is spent working with registered veterinary nurse training practices, both as short block release and during the sandwich year. This hands-on experience complements the applied health, nursing, business and welfare sciences studied at Harper Adams. After a placement year in veterinary practice nursing, a range of optional modules will broaden your knowledge and boost your management skills. Experience in veterinary practice will continue throughout the course.
Accredited by: Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
Harper Adams’ courses are approved by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the requirements for gaining the RCVS Veterinary Nursing Licence to Practice are written into the course structure, so you will not only have the skills and rights of a registered veterinary nurse but also those skills provided by an honours degree in science. Graduates in Veterinary Nursing will receive the Licence to Practice at graduation and will be able to register with the RCVS as a qualified veterinary nurse.
Students on veterinary nursing courses share a common curriculum for the first two years, studying the same modules, before spending their third year on placement. The main focus of the first three years of the course is to equip students with the day one skills and competences required by the RCVS in order to practice as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN). Subjects will include veterinary physiology, professional skills of the veterinary nurse, companion animal management, anaesthesia and surgery, medical nursing, diagnostic imaging and disease diagnosis.
In the final year all veterinary nursing courses will share a number of common subjects such as anaesthesia, critical care and surgical techniques.
The specific Honours pathways will then allow students to specialise in their chosen field of study.
A wide range of assessment methods are used. Where modules contain specific veterinary nursing content there is always an exam component, whether essay exam, multiple choice/short answer questions or practical exam. There may also be course work presentations or assignments in the assessment of these modules. Both coursework and exam elements must be passed.
Veterinary nursing is a career with lots of job satisfaction and there is a strong demand for qualified veterinary nurses. Although primarily a companion animal qualification, the degree offers modules for those interested in other species, increasing the job opportunities available upon graduating. Accounting and management skills boost career development for degree students. The pharmaceuticals industry employs trained veterinary nurses. The degree also opens the door to wider opportunities concerning the health and welfare of animals.
Currently the demand for qualified veterinary nurses (RVN) exceeds the supply. Our graduates usually find jobs readily and we often have employers looking for graduates we cannot supply. Harper Adams degree nurses have a good reputation in the sector, and we aim to keep that reputation.
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