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Veterinary Nurse Training

A trainee Vet Nurse takes a cat out of a cat carrier for inspection

The Mayhew is an Approved Training Practice for Veterinary Nurses and works with the College of Animal Welfare to offer practical placements for their students.

The Mayhew provides a dynamic training opportunity for Student Nurses as they will have the opportunity to learn their profession in a modern, well equipped veterinary clinic that provides full service veterinary care for the animals onsite as well as low cost preventative care services for the local community. The role is hard work but is extremely rewarding.

Tasks that veterinary nurses may be called on to perform (under veterinary direction and/or supervision) include:

  • Maintaining anaesthesia and performing minor surgical procedures
  • Nursing sick animals and administering medication
  • Taking x-rays and carrying out diagnostic tests
  • Advising owners on the health and welfare of their pets
  • Cleaning animal accommodation and specialised equipment

How do I become a veterinary nurse?

There are two main routes to becoming a qualified veterinary nurse – vocational training through employment, or through higher education. The Mayhew is an Approved Training Practice and works with the College of Animal Welfare to offer practical placements for their students.

Vocational Day Release Training (Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing)

This is the more traditional route of training. To start this training students must be employed in a veterinary practice which is approved to train veterinary nurses, either a Training and Assessment Practice (TP) or an Auxiliary Training and Assessment Practice (aTP). Students will attend College for one day per week, along with spending several hours of private study each week. It takes three years to qualify if working full time and students are expected to complete an online ‘Nursing Progress Log’ and pass external examinations set by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to complete the award.

Vocational Full Time Training (Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing)

For those students who are not employed in a veterinary practice, the College offers a full time veterinary nursing programme run over a period of two years. Students will spend periods of time in the classroom alongside blocks of work placement in approved TPs or aTPs. Like those on the day release programme, students will be required to pass written and practical examinations set by the RCVS and complete a ‘Nursing Progress Log’.

Higher Education Training

The College offers students the opportunity to study at either Foundation or BSc (Hons) level of degree in Veterinary Nursing. This takes a minimum of three or four years respectively and consists of both classroom tuition and work placements in approved TPs/aTPs. Students are given the opportunity to study other modules such as marketing or alternative therapies alongside the core veterinary nursing subjects, as part of their degree.