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C&G Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Small Animals) (Year 1)(2019-22)

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

Following successful completion of this course you may gain employment in the land-based sector as a veterinary nurse. Veterinary nurses then may specialise in small animals or equine and gain employment in varied practices in the UK and abroad.

Overview of the course: 

It's a 2 year course for students wishing to gain skills in veterinary nursing. You will be working in our simulated veterinary practice surroundings and gaining experience in the College animal unit.

Entry requirements: 

Applicants MUST be at least 17 years old on 31st August to enrol on to this course.

Direct Entry: 5 x GCSEs at grade 9-4 including Maths, English and Science or to have achieved the Level 2 Veterinary Care Assistant at overall distinction grade plus Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 5 weeks work experience in a veterinary practice. Employment or a placement in practice is essential, at a minimum of 3 days per week over the 2 year period, this placement or employment must be confirmed prior to enrolment on the course. Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.


Topics include: Anaesthesia, radiography, diagnostic imaging, medicines, pre and post operative care, veterinary emergencies, animal welfare, functional anatomy, professional relationships within veterinary practice.

How is the course assessed?: 

External examination, clinical skill logs, practical exam and assignments.

Further study options after this course: 

Progression options following successful completion of this course may enable you to progress into employment as a head nurse, practice manager, clinical coach or a specialist veterinary nurse in the fields of surgery, oncology or hydrotherapy. Other options include laboratory technician or nutritional representative.

Length of the course: 

2 Years, full time


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

September 2019

More important information about this course:


Fees for this course are;

Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2019

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2019 and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Loan funded if you already have a full level 3 qualification or are aged 24 and over on 31st August 2019 - contact us to check your qualifications and for details of how to apply for an Adult Learner loan, which you won’t have to start repaying until you earn over £25,725 per annum.

*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

City & Guilds Group Bursaries
C&G run their own bursary programme to help people who are financially unable to complete one of their qualifications. They award bursaries twice a year for people who wish to study for a City & Guilds qualification, but lack the funds. Their bursaries are grants that cover costs arising as a result of taking one of their qualifications which can include course and/or exam fees, learning materials, travel and childcare. For more detail on the criteria and how to apply, please visit

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (20 Sep 2019 19:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
Other comments by students on this course are:

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