Veterinary Nursing - Level 3 Apprenticeship

As an Apprentice you will have a job and earn a wage whilst learning all the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary for a successful career within the veterinary industry.

The course combines developing your under-pinning knowledge in veterinary nursing by attending WUC for one day a week, with building your practical experience by being employed in the industry. Over the duration of the course you will build up an electronic portfolio to demonstrate your practical skills and sit both theory and practical exams.

Course Content

This qualification consists of following mandatory units.

Mandatory Units

  • Professional Veterinary Nursing Responsibilities
  • Diagnostic Principles
  • Principles of Veterinary Nursing Care 1
  • Pharmacology and Dispensary Management
  • Practical Veterinary Nursing Skills 1
  • Anaesthesia and Theatre Nursing Skills
  • Life Stage Nursing Care and Support
  • Principles of Veterinary Nursing Care 2
  • Surgical Nursing and Patient Care
  • Practical Veterinary Nursing Skills 2

These units provide learners with the necessary skills and knowledge required for professional registration with the RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses.

Embedded within this qualification is the content required for a Student Veterinary Nurse to become a Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) for Companion Animals.

Further details on the course content can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education website.

You will:

  • Work for a minimum of 30 hours per week at an RCVS approved Veterinary Training Practice.
  • Get paid a minimum of the Apprenticeship Wage.
  • Study in a flexible way - students attend College one day a week and work with their employer for the rest of the week.
  • Complete work-related tasks and assessments.
  • There are both theory and practical exams that you must complete
  • Receive mentoring visits in your workplace from your Writtle University College Training Officer, who will provide support, assess and review your progress.
  • Gain the L3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing which is essential to you becoming an RCVS registered Veterinary Nurse.
The Veterinary Nursing Framework is made up of a number of different components listed below.

Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3 Framework)Level
Diploma in Veterinary Nursing3
Personal Learning and Thinking Skills:
  • Teamworking
  • Self management
  • Creative thinking
  • Effective participation
  • Independent enquiry
  • Reflective learning
Employment Rights and Responsibilities Workbook

Entry Requirements

You must have 5 GCSE's at Grade C or above or equivalent, including Maths, English and Science.

What are the progression options?

After completing the level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, our Apprentices have the option to continuing study by progressing in to Higher Education or alternatively the Apprentice can progress in to full time employment within the industry.

How do I apply?

An apprentice needs to be in paid employment, so whilst you can apply for the Apprenticeship before you find an employer, you'll need to be employed before you can start the course. Many of our Apprentices already worked or volunteered for the companies who then decide to support them through their Apprenticeship. Our employers range from large local authorities and national contractors to micro companies. We are always happy to provide your employers with the information they need regarding potentially employing an Apprentice and can offer advice, however small or large businesses may be.

I don't have an employer

If you are interested in becoming an Apprentice, but don't have an employer please visit our website for tips on how to find an employer and to see a list of our current Apprenticeship vacancies.

I have an employer

If you have secured or are already in relevant paid employment with an employer willing to support you through the apprenticeship please complete the application form.