2011 saw the highest ever increase in the number of people enrolling as veterinary nursing students on vocational courses, according to figures released by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).
Last year saw the highest ever increase in the number of people enrolling as veterinary nursing (VN) students on vocational courses, according to figures released by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).
In 2011, some 1,041 students registered with the RCVS to pursue vocational VN qualifications, compared with 809 in 2010 – a 29% increase.
The total number of people enrolling as student veterinary nurses on either vocational or degree courses last year was 1,439, compared with 1,083 the preceding year – an overall increase of a third.
Libby Earle, head of the RCVS VN department, said: “The overall increase could partially be explained by degree students seeking to avoid increased university tuition fees. However, although there is a noticeable increase in enrolments linked to higher educational courses, this does not explain the increase in further education students.
“A more significant factor is likely to be the inception of the Level 3 Diploma, as this can be undertaken as a full-time programme,” she continued.
“As colleges running such programmes arrange the practical training placements for their students, this opens up opportunities for the considerable number of people who want to become VNs but who are not employed by a training practice.
“When we introduced the qualification in 2010 we hoped that this would help to increase the number of VN students – so it’s great to see this is happening already and with such a marked increase.”