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Veterinary Nurse Apprenticeship Standard Level 3

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    5+ years

  • Start Date
    August 2021

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • August 2021, Apprenticeship


Veterinary nursing is the supportive care of animals receiving treatment within a veterinary practice setting. A Veterinary Nurse works as a member of the veterinary team, providing expert nursing care for sick animals. Veterinary nurses also play a significant role in educating owners on maintaining the health of their pets. They carry out technical work and are skilled in undertaking a range of diagnostic tests, medical treatments and minor surgical procedures, under veterinary direction. Veterinary Nurses are registered professionals and work within the standards and scope of practice defined by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

This Apprenticeship Standard will develop the key knowledge, skills & behaviours you will need to succeed in the sector, supported by industry specialist teaching staff. This course is delivered from our Easton campus, and is suitable for new and current employees who are employed in an approved training veterinary practice.

On successful completion of this course, employers will have an independent skilled Veterinary Nurse who is both a practical and financial asset to the team.

We deliver one course pathway for this Apprenticeship; Small Animal.

Why Our College?

Get paid to train

Apprenticeships provide fantastic career opportunities and allow you to get a qualification and earn money at the same time

Designed for opportunity

94% of apprentices stay in work after finishing an apprenticeship, and 47% have received a promotion

Hands on learning

We work closely with employers to deliver training both on and off the job. In most cases, you’ll come into college one day a week, as well as getting planned training and development with a mentor in the workplace

Entry Requirements

English: 4 / C Maths: 4 / C Science: 4 / C
Two other subjects: 4 / C

Learning Outcomes

Year One Skills: Theory, practical, mock exams, NPL logging, assignment.

Year Two Skills: Theory, practical, mock exams, NPL logging.

Year Three Skills: Theory, practical, mock exams, NPL logging, assignments, OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination).

Knowledge & Behaviours of the Occupational Standard are embedded in the college delivery through theory classes, feedback and assessments.
Upon successful completion of the course, learners will be awarded with a Level 3 Veterinary Nurse Apprenticeship Standard, which includes the following;
Level 3 RCVS Accredited Licence to Practise Veterinary Nursing Qualification
If not previously achieved, Level 2 in English & Maths


The Apprentice will be ready for End Point Assessment which includes:
Professional Discussion
Practical Assessment; 12 station OSCEs


The impact of this course should support a learner’s progression which may include:
The skills to further develop a specialism, such as Equine Veterinary Nursing
Additional qualifications, such as the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Nursing or Postgraduate Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Nursing, awarded by RCVS.

Career Progression

The successful completion of this course should provide the employer or wider sector with a skilled staff member.

There are opportunities to develop your career and specialise depending on the practice that you work in and your interests. For example, within referral practice, you could specialise in a specific type of nursing care, e.g. Anaesthesia, Rehabilitation, Ward-Care or Diagnostics. Alongside the animal-related work, there are also options for you to progress and specialise in a managerial role such as a Practice Manager.


Apprenticeship course fees are subject to the age of the apprentice, the payroll of the employer and the number of employees. Course fees are paid by the employer and not the apprentice. Employers who take on an apprentice aged between 16-18 years old, or with an Educational Health Care Plan, will receive an Incentive Payment to help cover their costs. To discuss Apprenticeship course fees, employers should contact the Apprenticeship Team on 01603 773365 or email

For more information on recruiting an apprentice or if you would like to train your existing staff please contact our Apprenticeships Team on 01603 773365 or email

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