Veterinary Nursing

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Did you know that 51% of UK homes own a pet - including 9.5 million dogs, 11 million cats, and 1.5 million rabbits? The veterinary industry needs dedicated nurses who are committed to looking after and improving the health and welfare of our much-loved companions.


  • Students studying Veterinary Nursing at WUC achieve above average in final exams when compared to City & Guilds national average
  • You will gain unique practical experience handling and caring for animals, including exotic animals and horses
  • WUC has established partnerships with veterinary practices within Essex and surrounding borders

Are you ready for the challenge?

To study Veterinary Nursing at WUC, you will be interested in animals, biological sciences, anatomy and physiology. You will be good at problem-solving and be prepared to uphold a position of responsibility in a complex and high-pressured environment.

This is a work-based qualification; to apply you must already be employed as a student veterinary nurse in an approved training practice. There, you'll complete 1,800 practical hours and will attend WUC one day a week.

You will learn important practical skills including administering medication, taking x-rays, monitoring anaesthetics, minor surgical procedures such as suturing, in-patient care, applying bandages and dressings, taking observations and maintaining records of treatment.

You will also gain experience in a laboratory, examining bloods and other samples for bacteria and viruses. You will be providing information to, and educating owners about, the best care for their pets and learn how to run clinics covering issues such as weight-management and socialisation.

Study Veterinary Nursing at WUC and you will become a registered professional with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and be licensed to practice as a qualified Veterinary Nurse.

You may go on to specialise in a variety of veterinary practices including surgery, exotic animals, nutrition, or emergency, and critical care, or could find employment in related industries including animal nutrition, pharmaceuticals, research and teaching.


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