A West Midlands college is preparing to launch two new advanced degrees for VNs, following approval from the RCVS.

Solihull College has teamed up with Abingdon and Witney College and Oxford Brookes University to create its Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Advanced Veterinary Nursing Studies and BSc(Hons) in Advanced Veterinary Nursing Studies, due to start in September 2014.

Rosie Godfrey, the college’s land-based higher education leader, said: “There are currently very few higher education opportunities for RVNs and these exciting new qualifications will aid a graduate to pursue employment in clinical nursing roles requiring specialised expertise.”

Students on the BSc course will automatically take the RCVS Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (DipAVN) as part of the course, and those on the foundation degree course will gain enough practical experience to go towards the DipAVN.

The college has decried the new provision as a “historic move” for the institution. Students on the advanced nursing degrees will benefit from the college’s bespoke animal care facility, which encompasses a three-storey building, complete with specialist rooms for exotics, reptiles and an aviary, as well as its paddocks housing donkeys, goats and pigs.

David Evans, head of biological and medical sciences at Oxford Brookes University, added: “I am delighted the team at Solihull College has been successful in the validation of these higher education qualifications. The vet nursing team at the college can be commended on its dedication to drive forward the profession and there is no doubt these qualifications will prove to be highly popular.”

For more information visit www.solihull.ac.uk

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