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Foundation Degree (FdSc) Veterinary Health Studies 2017 Entry UCAS Code: D3T5


The Foundation Degree Veterinary Health Studies includes an appreciation of applied animal health, client care and practice management. Other subjects covered include animal husbandry and behavioural studies.


The course provides students with the opportunity to work with horses, farmed livestock and a range of both common and exotic species as part of their studies.

As part of the programme you will be expected to undertake 400 hours of work-based learning.

Modules of Study Include:

Year 1
• Animal Anatomy and Physiology
• Introduction to Evidence-Based Nursing and Research Methods
• Nutrition and Breeding of Domesticated Animals
• Process and Practice of a Veterinary Business
• Supporting Sick Animals
• Diagnostics for Veterinary Practice
• Surgical Nursing and Theatre Practice for Veterinary Nurses Elective Modules (subject to demand)
• Introduction to Equine and Livestock Management
• Introduction to Companion Animal Behaviour

Year 2
• Advanced Veterinary Nursing
• Professional Practice and Reflective Nursing
• Work Related Project
• Anaesthesia for Veterinary Nurses
• Veterinary Pharmacy and Medicines
• Medical Nursing
• Business Skills and Practice Management

Elective Modules (subject to demand)
• Veterinary Care and Management for Livestock
• Animal Behavioural Therapies


Entry Requirements

• 60 UCAS tariff points** from at least two subjects studied to A2 (including a Science subject), or a relevant Level 3 vocational diploma (dependent on grades)
• 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English, Maths and Science
• Four weeks’ suitable work experience with satisfactory references

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Further Study

Upon successful completion of this course students may progress into paraprofessional roles that serve the animal health industry.

Newton Rigg College,
CA11 0AH
01768 893400