Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month - the Student Veterinary Nurse

student veterinary nurse

This Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month, meet Sophie one of our student veterinary nurses. Here at Severn Edge student VNs wear pale green and white striped tunics. Passing their final exams to ‘earn their greens’ and don the bottle green tunic is always a proud moment for us!

All veterinary nurse training is conducted through colleges or universities that offer qualifications accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and student nurses are enrolled on the RCVS register.

There are two routes to becoming a qualified veterinary nurse. If you are more practically-minded and want to get ‘stuck in’ from day one, the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing is a vocational qualification available on either a full time basis or apprenticeship style alongside a job in a veterinary practice.

Alternatively, a number of institutions offer full time higher education courses leading to a Foundation or Honours Degree in veterinary nursing. A degree course takes a little longer than a vocational course and is more academic, but you will be required to undertake clinical placements in a training practice. As well as working in practice a degree in veterinary nursing can lead to additional career opportunities such as research and teaching.

It is also possible to top-up either the Level 3 Diploma or the Foundation degree at a later date and to pursue post-graduate qualifications and specialisms.

For more information on a career in veterinary nursing please visit the RCVS website