Veterinary Nursing

Providing care and treatment to sick animals, Veterinary Nurses work alongside Veterinary Surgeons and play an important role in the education of owners on good standards of animal care. Working in partnership with the Kent School of Vet Nursing, we work directly with veterinary practices to provide a three year apprenticeship programme in this rewarding and varied career.

What is the programme?

Students will study a three-year apprenticeship, with four days a week at an approved training practice and one day in the training centre. On completion, they will be awarded the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and be able to apply for the RVN register.

Students will need to complete written and multiple-choice tests, as well as practical exams in addition to their e-Portfolio of practical skills.

To apply, you will need to be currently working in an approved veterinary training practice and met the entry requirements for the course.  Applications are usually through your employer, with more information on the Kent School of Veterinary Nursing website

You will complete one day a week at the training centre, with the remaining four days at your place of work. 

Once qualified and registered with the RCVS, you can continue to work in veterinary practice, potentially taking on greater responsibilities, such as practice management, supervision of staff, hospital wards, and teaching/training other nurses or supporting staff.

Positions outside veterinary practice includes work in research establishments, laboratories, universities, colleges, zoological/wildlife parks, charities, pharmaceutical companies and breeding/boarding kennels.