DEVELOPING small animal and equine veterinary nursing professionals

MAXIMISING veterinary nurses’ potential.

At Hartpury, we have an enviable reputation for producing professional and resilient veterinary nurses and take great pride in our specialised and industry-led provision. “ Education has got to be key in enabling the profession to shape its future.” (VETFUTURES: A vision for the veterinary profession for 2023) For over 20 years, we have supported the veterinary industry by offering real-world, practical training to inspire nurses to reach their full potential. Fast forward to today and we remain as committed as ever to developing a lasting and sustainable workforce of confident and work ready graduates. We are proud of our innovative curriculum which includes the first of its kind two year Level 5 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing designed in direct response to the need from industry for better, more highly qualified registered veterinary nurses.

By working in partnership with your practice, we work with you to drive forward a vibrant, rewarding, and sustainable profession, now and for the future.

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TOP REASONS to choose us. Introducing Hartpury to your veterinary practice.

20+ year reputation for CPD and veterinary nursing training.

£50 million+ invested over recent years in our dynamic learning environment.

Outstanding network of student support staff and academic tutors to guide and advise you to reach your academic goals.

No.1 English mainstream University for teaching* No.2 in the UK for academic support* No.6 in the UK for teaching quality**

Fully accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

Outstanding facilities

Ability to specialise in small animal or equine veterinary nursing.

All undergraduates gain direct entry to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon’s (RCVS) Register of Veterinary Nurses on successful completion of their studies.

Dedicated Veterinary Nursing Clinical Skills Centre Equine and Canine Therapy Centres Animal Management Centre and commercial farm £12.75 million University Learning Hub (Launching in 2023/24 academic year) Animal dissection and microbiology laboratories £10 million Sports Academy including 1,500m² multi-sports hall, 3G pitches, rugby and football pitches, courts, power and cross-training gyms

Highly qualified and experienced

Extensive veterinary industry links and nine successful businesses on campus.

*National Student Survey (NSS) 2022 **The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

veterinary nurse and veterinary surgeon teaching team.

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INNOVATIVE work based programme.

Only one of its kind in the UK

Diploma in Professional Studies Veterinary Nursing

This highly innovative training programme is ideal for employed individuals wanting to qualify as a veterinary nurse while working in practice. The two-year programme consists of four, 12-week semesters where student veterinary nurses will spend one day per week on the Hartpury campus for a total of 48 days, supported by online learning and benefitting from a stimulating training environment, excellent academic teaching and first-class support. Students complete the Nursing Progress Log during their studies as evidence for the RCVS Day One Competences, Skills, and Professional Behaviours for Veterinary Nurses. Successful completion of the Level 5 Higher Education qualification will give eligibility to enter the RCVS Veterinary Nursing Register and allow you to legally practice as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in the UK.


Entry criteria You must have gained full-time paid employment (minimum of 35 hours a week) in a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons-approved veterinary nursing from your employer (usually in the form of a reference) before you can enrol on the course. A typical UCAS offer for this course is: 64 UCAS points, Biology or relevant diploma required. training practice and have support

Apply direct:

admissions@hartpury.ac.uk +44 (0) 1452 702333

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Clinical Coach training Our programme, designed to provide clinical coach training to Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Nurses, has been developed to help participants to develop their coaching skills in the workplace. We offer the online training to anyone wishing to train as a Clinical Coach. It is not necessary to have a Hartpury University student working with you to participate.

To register, contact:


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ADVANCED Veterinary Nursing.

RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Nursing

This course that can be completed in one or up to three years, is ideal for those wanting to combine working in practice with studying for an advanced qualification. All compulsory delivery is flexible and online, with optional study days on campus at weekends providing opportunities to access our world-class facilities and meet with fellow students and staff face-to-face.

Develop your specialism as an

advanced nursing practitioner in your chosen field while enhancing your skills and knowledge.

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Professional learning environment

You’ll benefit from the expertise of our professional veterinary nursing team, whose research interests include veterinary professional ethics and law, equine intensive care, behaviour and rehabilitation, and end of-life care for animal patients. At Hartpury, you’ll join an inclusive, supportive, and welcoming learning community that will help you to develop as an advanced practitioner. Successful completion leads to the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Nursing.

A range of options

Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Clinical Nursing and Client Support)

Our award titles have been developed to include a range of specialist areas, drawing upon the expertise of our industry-active academics, and encompassing contributions from guest lecturers and researchers. Our range of veterinary nursing postgraduate certificates available to students includes two equine and two generic (equine and small animal) options.

Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Perioperative Nursing and Patient Safety)

Advanced Equine Veterinary Nursing (Critical Care)

Advanced Equine Veterinary Nursing (Diagnostic Imaging and Rehabilitation)

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QUALIFY as a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Registered Veterinary Nurse and specialise in companion-animal or equine nursing via our industry-led undergraduate programmes.

BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing This degree provides a fantastic opportunity for you to qualify as a Veterinary Nurse, whilst advancing your own and the industry’s knowledge through research and clinical coaching. You’ll advance your knowledge of an industry relevant area that interests you through live research and statistical analysis. On successful completion of your final year, you’ll be eligible to join the RCVS Veterinary Nursing Registrar and begin practicing as a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse. Many of our veterinary nursing students are offered graduate roles with their placement providers when they graduate.


UCAS Code: BD71

Typical offer: 96 UCAS points Biology/relevant diploma required Duration: 4 years full-time

Work based, clinical placement year: Compulsory, made up of 1,800 hours during full time working hours (minimum of 37 hours per week)

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BSc (Hons) Equine Veterinary Nursing


You’ll benefit from outstanding facilities, including a livery yard that’s home to over 230 horses, international equine events each year and a commercial Equine Therapy Centre on site. In your first year, you’ll develop knowledge and skills in essential areas including clinical anatomy, husbandry, pharmacy management and patient care. You’ll complete work experience in a veterinary practice, before returning to Hartpury to develop your skills in diagnostics and surgical and anaesthesia practice. In your final year, you’ll coach student veterinary nurses and pursue your research interests. You may have the opportunity to publish research with lecturers and present at industry conferences.

UCAS Code: D313

Typical offer: 96 UCAS points Biology/relevant diploma required Duration: 4 years full-time

Work based, clinical placement year: Compulsory, made up of 1,800 hours during full time working hours (minimum of 37 hours per week

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OPPORTUNITY Calling all Veterinary Nursing Training Practices...

Could you offer a Hartpury student small animal or equine veterinary nursing experience in your practice? With industrial placements giving a rare and valuable insight which greatly improves the career prospects of graduates, Hartpury is looking to expand its placement opportunities for Veterinary Nursing students across the UK. We are accepting applications from new or existing Veterinary Nursing Training Practices. There is currently no approval or reapproval fee.


Duration / Hours Students must complete 1,800 hours by working a full-time (minimum 37 hour) week. There is an available period of 60 weeks (July - September) to do this. Students can undertake supervised out-of-hours or on-call work (when they are suitably experienced and comfortable to do so) but the time cannot be counted towards their training. During this placement, students are entitled to up 20 days leave plus bank holidays. Support and Training Students will be required to complete the Nursing Progress Log (NPL) in full during their time on placement. They will need to be allocated a trained Clinical Coach to support them, who will devote a minimum of three hours per week to training them. They will be allocated a university based Clinical Tutor to monitor their NPL and visit the practice to carry out a practice facilities check and NPL audit. This is in line with RCVS Training Practice requirements. Accommodation Whilst some students will be grateful for the offer of practice accommodation (as they may not be able to live at home due to location), the provision of accommodation is completely at the practices’ discretion and is by no means mandatory.

Payment Students completing full-time placements of 1,800 hours should not extend beyond 52 weeks, for the Practice to be exempt from HMRC National MinimumWage (NMW) Legislation. Prior Learning Prior to the commencement of their placement the students will have undertaken the following modules: • Clinical Anatomy and Physiology for Veterinary Nurses • Animal Husbandry for Veterinary Nurses • Professional Veterinary Nursing Practice • Patient Care 1 for Veterinary Nurses • Placement Preparation for Veterinary Nurses • Pharmacy Management. These modules provide students with a broad knowledge base from which to start their placement. These will have been simulated experiences; therefore, you will still be required to demonstrate skills in the usual way before recording them on the NPL.


The placement normally starts in early July, at the end of the students’ first year of university.

Did you know? Upon completion of their studies and registration to the RCVS, a lot of our students return to their placement practice for their first job after graduation.

If offering a placement sounds like something you would like to be involved in, please contact: heidi.cross@hartpury.ac.uk

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For more information, or to apply contact:

RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Nursing carol.gray@hartpury.ac.uk

Diploma in Professional Studies Veterinary Nursing isabell.riley2@hartpury.ac.uk

Placements, training practice approvals and Clinical Coach training heidi.cross@hartpury.ac.uk General course and admissions enquiries admissions@hartpury.ac.uk +44 (0) 1452 702 333

Department of Veterinary Nursing Hartpury University and Hartpury College

Gloucester GL19 3BE +44 (0) 1452 702 100


Disclaimer : This booklet was produced March 2023, the information reflects the courses, facilities and support services as they were at this time. For the latest information please visit our website.

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