VetSkill Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Companion Animal)

These courses provide student Veterinary Nurses with the training required to complete all aspects of the level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing, and be eligible to enter the Register of Veterinary Nurses.


The full Diploma qualification takes two years and one term for students attending our day release course.


There are three intakes per year for the day release course - September, January and April 


Entry Requirements

In order to train as a veterinary nurse, a student must be enrolled as a student Veterinary Nurse with the RCVS through their course provider. If students are attending day release courses, the students must also have the following prior to starting the course:

  • minimum age of 16 years
  • full time (35 hours per week or more) or part time (15 hours per week or more) employment or placement at an Approved Training and Assessment Practice (TP)
  • good access to the internet, both at home for private study, and at work, for completing the Nursing Progress Log
  • passes in 5 GCSE subjects at Grade C or higher (4 or above), including one science and Mathematics, and English Language. Other qualifications may be acceptable, such as the Animal Nursing Assistants qualification, providing students also have GCSE Maths and English, or Key Skills / Functional Skills at level 2. Please enquire for full details

Course Content and Structure

The coursework covers all the material needed to complete the Core Units and Small Animal Option Units of the Diploma, and prepares students for the theory exams which are sat after students have completed the core units, and the practical exams, which are taken once the option units have been completed. 

Students are also required to complete an on-line progress log of the practical skills they learn and develop whilst working in practice.

MYF will provide support for both the students and their Clinical Coaches whilst working on this, and monitor the students’ progress throughout their training.



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