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Apprenticeship training course

Veterinary nurse (level 3)

Providing expert nursing care for sick animals.

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
30 months
Apprenticeship category
Agriculture, environmental and animal care
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Work within the requirements of the health and safety legislation
  • Work within the requirements of the data protection legislation
  • Follow relevant  operating procedures and manufacturers guidelines when using equipment, materials and pharmaceutical products
  • Communicate effectively, appropriately and accurately using a variety of methods
  • Conduct nursing clinics
  • Prepare and maintain all areas of the veterinary practice at all times
  • Prepare records, equipment and resources
  • Work in a safe and effective manner
  • Manage and perform effective infection control procedures
  • Provide nursing support as required
  • Prepare, use, maintain, store and dispose equipment, pharmaceuticals and materials appropriately
  • Manage own performance and development
  • Take measures to improve performance and competence
  • Engage in continued professional and personal development
  • Use professional standards of practice to self-assess performance
  • Practise in accordance with the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct

Full information on Veterinary nurse (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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