Veterinary nurse

Veterinary nurse

“Providing expert nursing care for sick animals”

Veterinary nursing is the supportive care of animals receiving treatment within a veterinary practice. As an apprentice veterinary nurse, you’ll work as a member of the veterinary team, providing expert nursing care for sick animals. You’ll also play a significant role in educating owners on maintaining the health of their pets. You’ll train to carry out technical work and develop skills 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). Apprentices completing this apprenticeship will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the RCVS.

Duration: 30 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements: Five GCSEs, including maths, English and science, or equivalent qualifications

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £21,000 per annum