The College of Animal Welfare (CAW) has gained approval from the RoyalCollege of Veterinary Surgeons to run a two-and-a-half year longfull-time veterinary nursing course from this October.

Nurses watchFor many years, unless students were undertaking a higher education programme, the route to qualifying has been via employment in a training practice alongside part-time study at college. Unfortunately, it has become increasingly difficult for prospective students to find trainee positions leaving many unable to pursue a career in their chosen field.

However, students on the new course do not need to be employed as blocks of work placement are incorporated into the programme, alongside blocks of classroom tuition. In addition to the small animal syllabus students will also cover equine subjects and develop more general veterinary nursing subject skills across the species.

To enrol onto the programme students will need to be a minimum of 16 years of age and have five GCSEs at grades C or above including English language, maths and a science subject or equivalent.

The courses will be held from the college’s Leeds and Edinburgh centres. Home based practice work placements can be requested by those students not normally resident near to Leeds or Edinburgh.

The college does not have accommodation available on site although can assist in sourcing local accommodation where necessary.

VN practicalLeslie Heaton-Smith, strategic director at CAW, said: “After a 10 year absence of full time NVQ level veterinary nurse training, CAW are delighted to have gained RCVS approval to offer such a programme. As a course provider and VNAC we are well aware of the difficulty many prospective students have in finding trainee positions in a TP in order to commence their training. This programme will provide such students with the opportunity to follow their chosen career path when they would have otherwise been unable.”

For further information on the programme, call Sarah McAlister or Donna Clark on 01480 226180.

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