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Course information

Course information

ChesterGates Veterinary Training centre is pleased to offer 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 or equivalent courses. Students attend college one day per week, with the rest of the time spent in practice.

The course is fully funded or co-funded by ESFA for anyone working in England 50% of the time, please contact us for more details by phoning the Nursing School on 01244 853 823 extension 222 or email nursingschool@chestergates.org.uk.

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 nursingschool@chestergates.org.uk

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 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; E-portfolio practical log and an End Point Assessment You will attend the college on a day release for a 24 month programme and expect to achieve your EPA within 30-36 months. It also involves 60 weeks (2,100 hours) of work placement 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

Our practices are open and providing routine, urgent and emergency referral care for your patients. We continue to work safely with social distancing and a combination of telephone consultations and on-site examinations. GP vets should contact our referral centres directly for clinical advice on cases.