Veterinary Nursing - Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship

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Duration: 30 months
Location: Workplace and College
Sector: Science

About the Course

As a veterinary nurse you should be hard working, passionate about animals, pragmatic and dedicated to your work; many veterinary nurses end up taking their work home with them - often quite literally in the form of kittens and that need hand rearing or abandoned or stray animals.

Some of the tasks you may be involved with include:

  • Preparing animals for surgery and performing minor surgical procedures
  • Monitoring anaesthetised animals
  • Nursing sick animals and administering medication
  • Taking x-rays and carrying out diagnostic tests
  • Advising owners on the health and welfare of their pets
  • Taking bookings, payments and completing necessary paperwork
  • Running nurse clinics, such as diet, worming and grooming consultations

Find out more on the Institute of Apprenticeships. 

What You'll Study

You will cover the following requirements from Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours


  • Legislative compliance and regulatory requirements
  • Comparative functional anatomy for veterinary nursing practice
  • Infection control in veterinary practice
  • Materials, equipment and resources
  • Veterinary Nursing Care
  • Emergency and critical care
  • Diagnostic techniques for veterinary nurses
  • Communication
  • Self-Management

Skill covered include: Legislation affecting practice, communication, clinical skills, self-management and professionalism.


  • Work within legal and ethical limits
  • Accountability
  • Responsibility
  • Self-improvement

What Will I Need

Minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 or equivalent in Maths, English and a science subject, plus two others.


Apprenticeships are assessed by classroom study coursework and assessments along with on-the-job practicals.

What the Course leads to

On completion of this course, you can progress onto further study in this field or into a career in the sector.