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Veterinary Nursing

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WE PUT PATIENT WELFARE FIRST This course is designed for anyone with the ambition of working as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in a Veterinary Practice.

Newton Rigg College as part of Askham Bryan is a City & Guilds and Royal Agricultural University accredited Centre approved to deliver higher education and vocational training in veterinary nursing. Upon successful completion of the FdSc Veterinary Nursing course students are entitled to join the Register of Veterinary Nurses which is held by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

With high-quality teaching and learning facilities our Centre provide students with the essential theoretical expertise and an appreciation of the practical skills necessary to undertake the role within the profession. All key members of the delivery team are Registered Veterinary Nurses or Veterinary Surgeons, with experience of the industry.

Working closely currently with 18 Training Practices within Cumbria and over a 100 veterinary practices across the North of England we offer routes to support both full time students that require placements as well as those already employed in a veterinary practice.

All applicants to the Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing will require relevant current industry experience, consisting of a minimum of four weeks' experience working in a veterinary practice, prior to the start of their studies to ensure an appreciation of this varied and rewarding career.


Newton Rigg College has dedicated facilities that reflect a mock veterinary practice environment to facilitate experiential learning. During their studies at College our students have access to a range of companion and exotic species via the Animal Academy and access to the Equine Yard to complete the compulsory core equine elements of the course. Access to these facilities provides students with essential opportunities to develop their hands-on practical skills for a wide-range of species.


By studying within this department you will learn the relevant skills to work in the following roles:

• Registered Veterinary Nurse
• Head Veterinary Nurse

Successful completion of this course will also provide students with the opportunity to engage in further study towards other roles within the profession such as:

• Specialist Veterinary Nurse (surgical, medical)
• Honours Degree in Veterinary Nursing
• Roles in the pharmaceutical industry and animal health and welfare industries
• Research
• Lecturing

All students that complete all aspects of study join the Register of Veterinary Nurses and 90% progress directly into employment with 10% of graduates electing to undertake further study.


Askham Bryan and Newton Rigg Colleges work closely to build extensive links with veterinary practices throughout the North of England, this enables the team to support students to source a place within a Training Practice to complete the mandatory hours required in an industry placement. The departments boast strong and expansive links with veterinary practices and other related industrial representative groups.


Askham Bryan and Newton Rigg Colleges offer veterinary nursing courses that are accredited by the RCVS with a professional practitioner outcome*. Students that enroll on these courses are required to undertake extensive work-based placement as part of their studies. This is normally on a voluntary basis. All student practitioners are bound by the Code of Conduct for Veterinary Nursing which is a regulated profession under the Royal Charter.

Essential skills around employability are required at the onset of study to ensure candidates are able to secure a placement through an interview process. Staff at the College will support students in accessing interview opportunities as necessary.


Newton Rigg College,
CA11 0AH
01768 893400