Veterinary Nursing

Scotland`s Rural College (SRUC)


Barony Campus, Aberdeen Campus


You will develop knowledge and skills during your academic study and within clinical placement at an approved Training Practice (TP). You will learn the competencies required to undertake practical patient care and theatre duties in our purpose-built theatre suite which also facilitates regular clinical skills labs in preparation for practical clinical examinations.

You will gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of veterinary nursing by studying a wide range of subjects including Anatomy and Physiology, Essential Patient Care, Infection Control, Clinical Practice, Pharmacology, Nutrition, Anaesthesia, Diagnostic Techniques, Advanced Nursing Skills, Professional Responsibility, Health Conditions, Large Animal Nursing, Exotics and Wildlife, and Animal Behaviour and Welfare.

Please note that only once you have successfully completed the general or Honours degree, including the required clinical placement within practice, will you be able to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse (legally required to practice). Registration is awarded at the Graduation ceremony by a RCVS representative.

Example modules: Anatomy and Physiology; Patient Care; Infection Control; Large Animal Healthcare; Diagnostic Techniques.

Entry Requirements

4 Highers at BBBB including an English based subject (English preferred) and either Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry or Physics plus National 5 English and Maths and a science subject.

A minimum of 140 hours (four weeks) experience working within a veterinary practice is required prior to application. Evidence of this experience will be required for interview. Entry to this course is highly competitive, therefore additional qualifications and work experience would be advantageous.

Start Date





BSc/BSc Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

3-4 years


Veterinary Nursing

SCQF Level