Veterinary Nursing Level 3 Diploma

Scotland`s Rural College (SRUC)


Oatridge Campus


A range of topics will be covered during the course including Communication, Anatomy and Physiology, Infection control, Practical Veterinary Nursing Care, Laboratory Techniques, Diagnostic Imaging, Supply of Veterinary Medicines, Nursing Support of Small Animals, Anaesthesia and Preparing for Professional Registration. You will develop your practical nursing skills while in placement and during practical sessions. Practical training progress and assessment is recorded in an on-line Nursing Progress Log.

Candidates are required to spend recordable practical training time in an approved Training Practice Those attending the full time course will benefit from placement experience at the Small Animal Hospital at Glasgow University Veterinary School in addition to a Veterinary Training Practice.

This course enables certificated candidates with successful completion of external exams, to apply for registration as a Registered Veterinary Nurse with the RCVS provided the recommended number of training hours has been achieved.

Example modules: Applied Animal Welfare; Health and Husbandry for Veterinary Nurses; Infection Control in Veterinary Practice; Supporting the supply of Veterinary Medicines; Veterinary Operating Theatre Practice; Preparing for Professional Registration.

Entry Requirements

Higher Maths or a science subject preferred plus 5 subjects at National 5 including English, Maths and a science subject.

You must be employed in a training practice.

Start Date




Study Method

Part time (block release)

Course Length

3 years


Veterinary Nursing

SCQF Level



Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Horticulture

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services


Work with Animals