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Veterinary Nursing FdSc




What will I learn?

If you’re looking to train while gaining invaluable experience as a student veterinary nurse in a placement, this three-year Foundation Degree is the ideal course for you.

The foundation degree in veterinary nursing is a three year programme at Level 4 and Level 5 academic study. The programme has been a successful Higher Education provision at Plumpton College since 2009 and incorporates theoretical modules, practical skills and a work placement.

Our course articulates with the RCVS Day One Skills for veterinary nurses and the RCVS Day One Competences for veterinary nurses and so on graduation of the course, the students are eligible to join the RCVS register of veterinary nurses.

The course begins in September of each year and each year is split into two semesters and the modules offered in each semester are shown in the table below.

Full time students will undertake a range of modules totalling 240 credits over the duration of the programme. Students must achieve a minimum of 120 credits at Level 4 and a further 120 credits at Level 5. The final award is calculated by a 30:70 split between level 4 and level 5 marks.

A typical 15 credit module comprises a combination of tutor-led contact sessions (usually 2-3 hours per week) and independent study time spent on completing assessment tasks.

The threshold is 40% for all assessed tasks in all mandatory modules. All modules require a minimum of 75% attendance as it is necessary for students to have learnt all aspects of the course, including practical and theory in order to safely practice in industry.

Work placement

A work placement is carried out alongside the course. Students begin this in the second semester of their first year, spending three days in placement alongside two days in college. The students will then continue to spend three days in placement through their second year and then two days a week in their third year. This placement will take place in an approved training practice where the student is allocated a clinical coach. This is a registered veterinary nurse or registered Veterinary Surgeon who has undergone additional training to be able to support students through the development of their clinical skills.

On completion of the course, students will be eligible to join the RCVS register of veterinary nurses. Historically the course sees 100% employability with graduating students and they are able to go into industry as well rounded professionals with both academic and practical skills. Graduating students have gone onto to become Head Nurses, clinical coaches, work in referral hospitals, had their project research published by recognised magazines and become teachers on the course.

Future Opportunities

We work closely with many veterinary practices within Sussex and the surrounding counties. You’ll be allocated a work placement practice in your first year – most students will stay with the same practice throughout their training. This is an opportunity for you to become fully integrated within a multidisciplinary team. We’ve found that many of our students have gone on to be employed at their placement practice after they’ve successfully completed their Foundation Degree.

What professional qualifications can I study?

On graduation, you’ll receive professional accreditation as a veterinary nurse from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and will be eligible to enter the professional register as a registered veterinary nurse (RVN).

Which department am I in?

Veterinary Nursing

Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
£12,000.00 (US$ 14,763) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

September 2023


Main Site

Ditchling Road,


East Sussex,

BN7 3AE, England


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