A unique work-based learning course for student veterinary nurses is being launched in the new year.

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Hartpury graduates Rebekah Needham (top) and Susannah Price.

The two-year, full-time course, based at the University Centre Hartpury campus in Gloucestershire, opens in January 2017 and has been developed in consultation with industry and the RCVS.

Split-week approach

Student VNs in both companion and equine veterinary fields will spend one day per week at the campus during term time and the rest of the week at an approved veterinary nursing training practice, where they will gain experience in developing their clinical veterinary nursing skills and completing their Nursing Progress Log.

A distance learning element of the programme involves studying through a virtual online learning platform.

The programme is managed by University Centre Hartpury, allowing the syllabus to be updated to reflect best and current industry practice.

Diploma award

Graduates from this programme will be awarded a Diploma in Professional Studies Veterinary Nursing (Equine) or Diploma in Professional Studies Veterinary Nursing (Small Animal).

Hartpury is keen to hear from applicants who are employed in approved veterinary nursing training practices, and it says the course will suit applicants from a variety of backgrounds, including people who may have been out of education for a while.

To find out more, contact Suzy Harniman on 01452 702345, extension 2494, or email Suzannah.Harniman@hartpury.ac.uk

Applications close at the start of January.

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