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Course information

Course information

ChesterGates Veterinary Training centre is pleased to offer two courses approved by City and Guilds. The Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing is a two year course, achievement of which enables students to become registered with the RCVS and gain RVN status. Students must be employed in a training practice and hold GCSE’s at grade c or above including English, mathematics and science. Students attend college one day per week, with the rest of the time spent in practice.

The newest course is our Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants, a versatile course which is aimed at learners working within a practice who wish to further their knowledge of animal handling and care as well as administrative duties. Contact us to find out more about our courses or to register your interest please download and send the pre-application form.

Contact us to find out more about our courses either by phoning the Nursing School on 01244 853 823 extension 222 or email

To to register your interest please download and compete the pre-application form.


To return a completed pre-application form please either: 

Email your form to

Post your form to ChesterGates Veterinary Training Centre, Units E & F, Telford Court, Gates Lane, Chestergates, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 6LT

We look forward to receiving your application.

Level 2 Veterinary Care Assistant Diploma

This is the ideal qualification for those looking to progress in their career as a veterinary care assistant, or go onto a Level 3 Veterinary Nursing Course

Level 2 is ideal if you are working or volunteering in a veterinary environment, and have some relevant knowledge and skills, usually from a role where you've been supervised. This qualification has been developed for those providing basic care to animals under the direction and/or supervision of a veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse. This qualification demonstrates the specialist knowledge and skills you have developed, such as: •animal handling and care in a veterinary environment •assisting with care in a veterinary environment •administrative duties in a veterinary environment. You will learn on the job in the work environment, and complete various assessments for each unit which include essays, case studies, posters, flyers and multiple choice quizzes. You need to complete a minimum of 600 hours in a veterinary practice where you will complete practical checklists. You will attend college once every 6 weeks from 9am-5pm where you will be taught the theoretical underpinning of the practical tasks you will be expected to undertake in practice.

Level 2 Veterinary Care Assistant Diploma

Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing

The qualification is the formal route for those wishing to qualify as a Veterinary Nurse registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)

Successful completion of this qualification will enable learners to complete their enrolment with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and practice as a fully registered Veterinary Nurse. Learners must complete all of the following: online multiple choice written papers; centre based assignments; the online Nursing Progress log (NPL) and an Objective Structured Clinical Assessment (OSCE) practical exam This is a 2 year programme where you will attend college one day per week. It also involves 60 weeks (2,100 hours) of work experience in a veterinary practice approved for veterinary nursing training. Examples of units include: • Understanding the Operational Requirements of a Veterinary Practice • Comparative Functional Anatomy for a Veterinary Nursing Practice • Infection Control in a Veterinary Practice • Supporting the Supply of Veterinary Medicines • Veterinary Nursing Support for Laboratory Diagnostics • Principles of Supporting Veterinary Anaesthesia • Principles of Veterinary Nursing Support for Small Animal Patients • Principles of Peri-operative Veterinary Nursing Support

Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing

COVID-19 Update

We are working safely and will continue to provide care for clients and their pets during the COVID-19 pandemic. To help us with our new ways of working, and to keep us all safe, please do not attend the practice unless you have a pre-booked appointment. Call for information and guidance.