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    Grad CertAdvanced Veterinary Nursing (Oncology)

    Course overview

    Application deadline: 31 July 2024

    With advancing diagnostics and treatments developing in this field, this certificate will allow nurses to advance their skills and understanding when nursing and providing palliative management for patients undergoing treatment for neoplasia.

    It will allow nurses to also develop their skills and attributes to enable them to become reflective practitioners refining communication skills to deliver compassionate owner support.

    The development of the new RCVS post-registration framework has allowed for the creation of accessible, flexible and focused areas of study, allowing veterinary nurses to further their academic skills alongside their professional skills.

    Entry requirements

    • You must be a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN).
    • Typically, applicants with a registerable qualification from a Further Education background will enrol on the Graduate Certificate.
    • Typically, applicants with a Higher Education (degree) background will enrol on the Postgraduate Certificate.

    The most appropriate qualification for individual applicants will be considered depending on their individual profile. You will also need time, energy and commitment.

    Course key info

    Advanced Veterinary Nursing overview  ❯


    1 year (part time)


    Online/blended learning and Harper Adams University campus

    Accredited by

    Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)


    of our Harper Adams graduates are in employment or further study!

    Graduate Outcomes, 2023

    Learn about our placement advantage  ❯

    Course modules

    Module Table
    Year 1

    How will I be taught?

    Delivery will be by a combination of distance learning and optional study days where guest speakers, seminars and practical classes support the modules. A range of distance learning methods will be used, including study notes, e-mail and Harper Adams’ interactive virtual learning environment ‘The Learning Hub’. Access to a computer and broadband internet is essential.

    Modules will be assessed by a range of methods, including assignments end of module examination, and practical exams. Support in assessment skills is available for those who have not sat an examination recently.

    Let us be your guide...

    For course related enquiries please contact:

    Telephone: +44 (0)1952 815 000


    Accredited by: Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)

    This course is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

    Fees and costs

    Fee UK Student
    Grad Cert course fee (2024) £4800 (£1600 per module)
    RCVS Registration fee (2024) £84 payable at the start of the course
    RCVS Certification fee £200 payable to RCVS at the end of the course

    Students may be eligible for student finance. Check the Student Finance page on the website.

    Worried about the cost?

    Other sources of financial help are available, including a wide range of scholarships, Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA), and the Access to Learning fund.

    Find out more  ❯


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