Veterinary Nursing Science (final year top-up)*

Nottingham Trent University

Course Options
  • BSc (Hons)Full-timeSeptember1 years
  • BSc (Hons)Part-timeSeptember2 years

Notes about fees for this course

Please see our applying and fees section.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Course Information

This course is aimed at experienced qualified veterinary nurses and graduates from the FdSc Veterinary Nursing course. It allows you to develop your academic qualification to honours degree level, widening career options and earning potential in the veterinary sector.

Why choose this course?

  • The course is delivered via blended learning, with specific attendance days.
  • You will have access to our purpose-built Veterinary Nursing Centre and Animal Unit on our stunning Brackenhurst campus.
  • You'll be taught by our Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)-registered veterinary nurses and veterinary surgeons.
  • Widen your career options in the veterinary sector with a further qualification and greater experience and understanding of the area.

Careers and employability


This degree has been developed in consultation with our industry partners to develop skilled graduates for managerial positions in referral practices and veterinary hospitals, as well as roles such as supervision of hospital wards and training of other nursing or support staff.

The course also opens up opportunities outside of veterinary practices, such as in research establishments, laboratories, universities, colleges, zoos, pharmaceutical companies, breeding and boarding establishments, pet food companies and rehabilitation centres.

Alternatively you may wish to pursue a career overseas, where there is a growing demand for UK qualified veterinary professionals in developing countries.


Where do you study?

The School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences is located on Nottingham Trent University's Brackenhurst campus - an idyllic, 200-hectare estate in a rural setting, approximately 14 miles from Nottingham. It is close to the picturesque market town of Southwell and has good public transports and road links with Nottingham.

Brackenhurst boasts a fantastic, purpose-built residence, which is at the heart of the campus. It gives you easy access to all the facilities on site. Other facilities include the Bramley building - a modern teaching centre equipped with laboratories and lecture spaces.

You will have access to the on-site Careers Service, computing resources, cafe and bar, shop and sports pitches. You are also just a short journey away from all the events, entertainment, clubs and societies that Nottingham city centre has to offer.

NTU's Veterinary Nursing Centre and Animal Unit

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons' (RCVS) accredited Veterinary Nursing Centre is a purpose-built simulated veterinary practice, giving students a real-life feel to their studies.

Students are supported and taught by our excellent RCVS registered Veterinary Nurses and Veterinary Surgeons at all times during their course.

While on their placements in one of our 34 associated veterinary training practices, students are exposed to all situations with patients and their owners.

The Veterinary Nursing Centre works alongside the Animal Unit on campus. It provides our veterinary nursing students plenty of hands-on experience with a diverse range of small and companion animals, as well as larger species such as horses and goats.


We have a 1,000 square metre, GBP2.5 million campus library. The library building uses energy-efficient and low-carbon initiatives such as photovoltaic panels, LED lighting, intelligent lighting control, heat-reclaim ventilation during winter, renewable cladding materials, locally sourced materials and water-leak detection systems.

Our biodiversity analysis of the library site highlighted the need to check for protected species such as bats and great crested newts. We've created new ponds, fence-ringed areas and bespoke habitats as part of our mitigation strategy.

Green Flag status

Brackenhurst campus has been awarded the Green Flag status, a national award recognising green spaces throughout the country. We received the award along with other notable green spaces such as Kensington Gardens, Regent's Park and St James' Park.

How you're taught

The course uses a variety of assessment techniques to ensure that you can demonstrate the range of learning outcomes. Subject knowledge and understanding are mainly tested through assignments, reports, projects, presentations and tests.

Entry Requirements For This Course

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please email our international team for advice.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at Nottingham Trent University to prepare for your chosen course:

Course Contact Details


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