Veterinary nursing apprenticeship

Veterinary nursing apprenticeship

The Advanced Level Veterinary Nursing apprenticeship covers a range of skills and duties that support a veterinary surgeon.

Registered veterinary nurses normally work within a veterinary surgery or veterinary hospital and are involved in a wide range of care and treatment of animals.

Veterinary nurses provide skilled supportive care for sick animals as well as undertaking minor surgery, monitoring during anaesthesia, medical treatments and diagnostic tests under veterinary supervision. They also play an important role in the education of owners on good standards of animal care and welfare. Quite a large part of the veterinary nurse’s work will include dealing directly with clients. Veterinary nurse training is clinically based and involves at least two years of work within an approved veterinary nurse training practice.

There are opportunities to train as either a small animal veterinary nurse or an equine veterinary nurse. Small animal nurses work mainly with cats and dogs but will also learn to care for smaller pets – guinea pigs and hamsters and sometimes more exotic animals like snakes and tortoises. Equine nurses mainly work with horses.

It’s a job that can be incredibly rewarding, but you’ll also have to deal with seriously sick or injured animals, and sometimes have to put them down. It’s a job that requires compassion, but not sentimentality; scientific knowledge; confidence when handling animals; and a willingness to help out with some of the more unpleasant tasks involved in getting sick animals back to full health.


Advanced (Level 3)

Starting salary:


Job roles:

Veterinary nurse – student, registered or senior

Issuing Authority:

Lantra –