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Unit information: Clinical Nursing Practice in 2020/21

Unit name Clinical Nursing Practice
Unit code VETS20022
Credit points 80
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Mrs. Holt
Open unit status Not open

All First and Second year Units


All other third year units.

School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


Students will spend 42 weeks in total within two types of clinical setting,the Veterinary Hospital at Langford,during which they will undertake their "clinical rotations" and a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) approved Training Practice.

During Clinical Rotations students will rotate through key clinical areas relevant to their degree pathway.

During this unit students are required to complete a record of their clinical competence in the form of the RCVS Nursing Progress Log (NPL) This log is subject to verification by university staff at intervals throughout the 3rd year of the programme.

Students will be required to attend 2 study weeks and a series of study days throughout the academic year.


  • To enable students to demonstrate their clinical competence by means of attaining the Day One Clinical Competencies outlined in the RCVS NPL.
  • To enable students to develop skills in research and writing case reports.
  • To enable students to develop professional insight into their practice and to develop skills in critical evaluation of evidence.

Intended learning outcomes

  1. Apply previously taught theoretical knowledge to the care of patients in a clinical setting
  2. Competently perform practical clinical skills in accordance with RCVS Day One Competencies.
  3. Explain and critically evaluate evidence related to veterinary nursing practice
  4. Analyse and evaluate professionalism in veterinary nursing.

Teaching details

Practicals Online synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning Small group working Use of Virtual learning environment (Blackboard)

Assessment Details

Students must pass the following assessments:

Critical review of Journal Articles (50% unit weighting)

Case report (50% unit weighting)

Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) (Must Pass)

All units must be passed in order to progress to the next year of study. There will be an opportunity to resit OSCE examinations during the resit period.

Please note that practical and technical skills will also be assessed via the RCVS Nursing Progress Log.

By the end of year 3, students are expected to have completed their clinical placement hours in addition to the completion of their NPL.

Reading and References

Please refer to the central University reading list repository: