Edinburgh Napier University

BSc / BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing (Top Up)

Edinburgh Napier University

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Important information

Typology Bachelor's degree
Methodology Distance Learning
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Distance Learning

Course introduction:
If you're a qualified veterinary nurse (RVN), this unique and flexible course allows you to upgrade your qualification to degree level. You'll gain graduate skills that can improve your veterinary nursing practice as well as your career prospects. We offer the only veterinary nursing degree in Scotland, with excellent career prospects. The course is delivered in collaboration with the College of Animal Welfare to give you up-to-date and in-depth knowledge of all aspects of veterinary nursing.

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· Requirements

To apply, you will need to be registered to practice as a Veterinary Nurse / Veterinary Technician in your country of residence. In order to be eligible you will need either one of the following qualifications or an equivalent: HND Veterinary Nursing (including RCVS VN certificate) with B in the graded unit Foundation Degree Veterinary Nursing (including RCVS VN Certificate) Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students.Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a...

What you'll learn on the course

Veterinary Nursing
Nursing Practice
Skills and Training

Course programme

This course has been designed to fit around your existing work commitments. You'll gain direct entry to the appropriate level of a full or part-time veterinary nursing degree, depending on your qualifications. All modules are delivered online or are work-based. You’ll learn from a combination of online and work-based study to give you the graduate level skills to further your veterinary nursing career. You'll develop your existing veterinary nursing skills including critical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills. You'll also gain good academic study, research and writing skills. The School of Life Science, Sport and Social Science is one of the largest in Scotland providing education and training to veterinary nurses, as well as other life scientists. We offer a supportive environment to encourage your personal and professional development within veterinary nursing. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including online lectures, tutorials, discussions, seminars, group work, practice placement and reflective classes. What you'll study Veterinary animal science Veterinary pathology Animal behaviour Professional and ethical issues Care of wildlife Care of exotic species Emergency and critical care Animals in society Research skills Veterinary nursing practice elective Specialised veterinary nursing Veterinary nursing honours project Work-based learning Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study. You can view a list of all current modules in our module catalogue.

Additional information

You’ll have excellent career prospects as a degree level qualified veterinary nurse. Career opportunities veterinary practice management teaching in further and higher education animal welfare organisations pharmaceutical industry veterinary publishing veterinary nutrition

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