A veterinary group operating across Greater London has set up an in-house nursing college to help student nurses achieve the diploma in veterinary nursing.

The first students at the Goddard Veterinary Group‘s college began their training at the start of the year, and aim to achieve the qualification within three years. They are undertaking academic training in classroom facilities at the group’s Wanstead Veterinary Hospital while experiencing practical training in the hospital.

Central Qualifications (CQ) is the awarding body for the diploma, and to achieve it, a student must achieve a pass on all assignments. Successful students will then be able to register as a veterinary nurse with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and be able to use the post-nominal RVN.

Training manager for Goddard Helen Farrant said the new diploma offers a “fantastic opportunity” for student veterinary nurses to achieve a “highly regarded qualification in a work-based learning environment”.

“As we have branches and hospitals right across London, until now, our students have had to attend a range of colleges across the city and beyond,” she said. “With the facilities we have available in-house, we felt there was an opportunity to develop a course specifically tailored for them and that meets the standards we, as a group, expect of all of our veterinary nurses. It also gives them the benefit of working together and getting to know each other.”

Mrs Farrant said some staff who join the group as ward assistants already go on to study as veterinary care assistants internally.

“Now, they will have the opportunity to work their way right up to achieve a recognised veterinary nursing qualification – all provided in-house,” she said. “Our first students are already getting started and it’s great to see their enthusiasm and commitment to their studies.”

Director of Central Qualifications Jacqui Garrett said: “We are delighted to welcome the Goddard Veterinary Group as a new CQ centre for veterinary nurse training. We wish it every success with its well-designed training programmes.”

For more information, visit Goddard’s website.

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