Veterinary nurse apprenticeship

Provide expert nursing care for sick animals

Veterinary nursing is the supportive care of animals receiving treatment within a veterinary practice. During the veterinary nurse apprenticeship, you’ll work as a member of the veterinary team, providing expert nursing care for sick animals. You’ll also play a significant role in educating owners on maintaining the health of their pets. You’ll carry out technical work and will become skilled in undertaking a range of diagnostic tests, medical treatments and minor surgical procedures, under veterinary direction. Veterinary nurses are registered professionals and work within the standards and scope of practice defined by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.


Duration: 30 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements for the veterinary nurse apprenticeship: Five GCSEs, including maths, English and science, or equivalent qualifications

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £21,000 per annum

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