Veterinary Nursing

Why study Veterinary Nursing at Bristol?

Veterinary nursing has seen a period of rapid development over the past decade and Bristol has been at the forefront in both the delivery of a flagship degree and the evolution of the profession as a whole. Bristol veterinary nursing graduates may be found in many of the specialist referral practices in the UK and a number have published work in peer-reviewed veterinary journals such as the Veterinary Record and the Journal of Small Animal Practice.

This degree is delivered at both the main Bristol campus and the veterinary school at Langford, providing a diverse learning and social environment.

Clinical nurse education is provided by veterinary professionals, many of whom are leading experts in their field. Additionally, you will work within a variety of clinical environments, including first opinion and referral practices, meaning you will gain broad clinical veterinary nursing experience. The University will make a contribution towards your travel costs for your third-year placement.

As a member of the Russell Group, Bristol has a world-class reputation in the sciences, which ensures the high-quality delivery of the science element of this course.

What kind of student would this course suit?

The course provides an ideal combination of clinical veterinary nursing and bioveterinary science, leading to greater career options after you graduate.

You will have already undertaken work experience within veterinary practice. You should also have an understanding of the role of the veterinary nurse, both at undergraduate and professional level, as well as a realistic view of what it means to be a veterinary nurse.

Good communication skills, a logical mind, reliability and conscientiousness are required in order to solve problems, work as part of a team and develop a high standard of professional responsibility.

Every day my inbox is flooded with opportunities – internships, research projects, extra-curricular activities – all of which are the University getting students involved. The University is constantly updating its facilities, which reinforces its friendly and inclusive environment.

Alexandra, Second year, LLB Law

How is this course taught and assessed?

The course is delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, online interactive tutorials and practical classes, which take place at both the Langford campus and the main University campus.

Taught units are assessed through a variety of examinations, including written examinations, computer-based tests, written reports, practical examinations and vivas.

While you are working in a clinical environment, your progress will be monitored using practical competence assessment.

What are my career prospects?

The extensive science and research components of the course ensure that you are equipped with essential knowledge and skills, making you highly employable within veterinary and related professions.

Graduates are likely to be employed in general veterinary practice. Opportunities will also be available in specialist veterinary referral hospitals, veterinary schools and within the business sector.

Graduates who have gained an Upper Second Class degree or higher may also be able to undertake further studies, leading to a postgraduate qualification.

Read more about what are graduates are doing six months after graduation

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.

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