Veterinary Nursing BSC (Hons)

Edinburgh Napier University
  • Info on Application
  • 4 Years
  • Degree
  • Scotland

Accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, this degree enables you to register and start work upon graduation.
Registered Veterinary Nurses are currently in short supply, with employment opportunities expanding across the UK industry.

Veterinary nurses play a vital role in promoting animal welfare by caring for sick, injured and hospitalised animals. As a veterinary nurse each day will be varied, busy and challenging, but ultimately they will all be extremely rewarding – nothing can top the knowledge that a sick animal has been nursed back to good health down to you. So get your career off to the right start by enrolling onto our Veterinary Nursing degree programme today.

Why Edinburgh Napier University?

Our course is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, allowing you to register as a vet nurse as soon as you graduate and begin working straight away. In fact, 100% of our graduates from 2017 were in work/study within six months of graduation.

A main focus of the course is to build our students’ professional experience to prepare them for the workplace: this is why our students will spend up to 60 weeks on placement in some of the most prestigious veterinary establishments throughout the United Kingdom.

With the clinical skills gained from professional experience, as well as theoretical skills learned throughout the degree programme, our students have an excellent grounding in all skills required for registration as a Vet Nurse.

Should you require any further information do not hesitate to contact [email protected] with ‘Veterinary Nursing Content Enquiry’ as the subject. This course gives you the knowledge, skills and attributes of a graduate level veterinary nurse, as well as the professional registration required to practice in the UK. Due to the vocational nature of the course, the content will be split between practical work (essential to gain necessary practical experience to become a fully qualified vet nurse) and learning the theoretical knowledge required to obtain a degree. With these qualifications you will quickly gain employment as a veterinary nurse and will enjoy accelerated promotion prospects.

We work in partnership with the College of Animal Welfare (CAW) so we can place students in practical placements in some of the most prestigious veterinary nursing practices across Scotland, for between 48-60 weeks.

Thanks to our partnership with CAW we can also place students in practical placements throughout the rest of the United Kingdom and Channel Islands. This means that, if you want to, you can spend half of your time in Edinburgh – the culture capital of Scotland – and the other half closer to home.
Lead Academics

Dr Clare Taylor Is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Applied Sciences and Programme Leader for Veterinary Nursing. Clare is passionate about engaging people with research, especially on topics related to vaccination and antibiotic resistance. She has performed on these topics at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Within School of Applied Sciences Clare is also Head of Equality and Inclusion, and works with colleagues across the School and University to develop and enhance Equality and Inclusion for both students and staff.

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How you’ll be taught
Practical Coaching Sessions
Practical Placement
Group Work
Online Modules
Trips/ Visits
Expert Guest Speakers
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30% exams, 30% course work, 20% Practice placement, 20% Practical Exams/Skills

Work placement
48-60 weeks of work placement in a veterinary practice

Travel costs

Note that this off-campus placement is an essential part of the course. Help in finding a placement can be given but opportunities may require you to travel to and from the Practice and travel costs will need to be met by the student. You can apply for a bursary but this is not offered to all students.

Travel costs vary, but you can apply for placements anywhere in the UK, to keep this cost to a minimum.

Edinburgh Napier University

Sighthill Campus,

Sighthill Court,


EH11 4BN,

Tel: 0333 900 6040