Veterinary Nursing (7457)

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2020

Due to Covid 10 restrictions and guidance from RCVS the June OSCEs are cancelled, please rebook your learners onto the September OSCEs. At present we are still expecting to continue with the September OSCEs in the hope that we can expand the venues and dates to allow the March and June OSCEs to also be completed.

We are also working closely with the EPAOs to plan how apprentices will complete the OSCEs as their EPA as City & Guilds are not an EPAO and therefore will not be offering the EPA. Our OSCEs are for our Diploma and not the apprenticeships EPA.

Update on OSCE assessments – please see here for full statement

COVID-19: A reminder to centres of guidance already in the qualification handbook about online and blended learning

‘GLH are defined as all times when a member of Centre staff is present to give specific guidance towards the qualification being studied. GLH include lectures, tutorials and supervised study, whether in the classroom or via open learning. GLH may also include time spent by Centre staff directly assessing a learner’s competence. GLH do not include private study, homework or work-based learning. Neither do they include time spent by staff in the day-to-day marking of assignments and homework where the learner is not present nor does it include hours where supervision is of a general nature and is not specific to the study of veterinary nursing.’

This can be found in section 2 ‘Centre requirements’. In small animal handbook page 15, in equine handbook page 14.

Do we need to meet GLH?
Guided Learning Hours are indicative, we appreciate that in these very difficult circumstances that alternative arrangements will need to be put in place to deliver qualification content, including online and/or blended learning – these can be counted towards the GLH specified. Additionally we will not be requiring centres to meet or evidence that they have met this GLH requirement with immediate effect and until further notice

City & Guilds is subject to significant external policy change which has caused us to recently review our provision across all sectors in which we operate.

In the case of these qualifications, we have unfortunately taken the very difficult decision to cease delivery of all Veterinary Nursing qualifications for Small Animal (7457-03/33) and Equine (7457-13/43). This decision has not been taken lightly, and we understand the disappointment that this has caused to our centres.

There are other Awarding Organisations who provide veterinary nursing qualifications so once our last learner registration dates have passed in August 2020, centres will still have choices available to them.

To help smooth the transition period, the RCVS has already allowed us to extend the registration period for the legacy qualifications (7457-03 and 7457-13) to ensure a period of continuity for our centres. 
 
We will be working to ensure that learners are not disadvantaged by our decision, and all centres will receive continued support to ensure those learners registered with us have every opportunity to complete their qualification. We will also be reaching out to other Awarding Organisations to explore ways to reduce the impact on all of those affected.

We pride ourselves on the level of service we give our customers, and the quality of the qualifications we provide, but we need to be able to operate in a commercially sustainable way whilst we work our way through the ever changing qualifications market in the UK.

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The qualification is the formal route for those wishing to qualify as a Veterinary Nurse registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).                                                                                                             
Learners can choose one of two pathways: small animals or equine. Successful completion of this qualification will enable learners to complete their enrolment with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and practice as a fully registered Veterinary Nurse.

Level 3 Diploma In Veterinary Nursing - UCAS tariff

Grade

New Tariff points

P

48


The qualification is designed for those wishing to practice as a veterinary nurse registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).
Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?
Learners must take 13 core units (12 at Level 3 and 1 at Level 4) and then 6 further units at Level 3 on one of two pathways: small animals or equine. Learners will need to pass all 19 units before they can register to become an RCVS Veterinary Nurse.
Learners must complete all of the following: online multiple choice written papers; centre based assignments; the Nursing Progress log (on line in most cases) and an Objective Structured Clinical Assessment (OSCE) practical exam.
What Careers Can This Lead To?
This qualification is a well established route to becoming a registered RCVS Veterinary Nurse. It can provide a basis for progression into a range of higher level qualifications including degree programmes or a diploma in advanced veterinary nursing.
What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?
This is a 2-3 year programme delivered through an approved City & Guilds centre (715 guided learning hours).  It also involves 60 weeks (2,100 hours) of work experience in a veterinary practice approved for veterinary nursing training.

Level 3

One or more pathways within this qualification has been approved by the DfE to appear in the 2016 Performance Tables. To review the qualifications approved please click here.


This qualification equips the learner with the relevant knowledge and skills to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse.
What Careers Can This Lead To?
Veterinary nursing.
Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Small Animals) (7457-03)
Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2020

Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Small Animals)

  • Accreditation No: 600/6052/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 180 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 715 - 715 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: 1800 The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2023 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Equine) (7457-13)
Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2020

Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Equine)

  • Accreditation No: 600/6052/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 180 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 715 - 715 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: 1800 The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2023 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Equine)

  • Accreditation No: Data unavailable This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Data unavailable This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 180 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 715 - 715 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: 1800 The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2023 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Veterinary Nursing (7457-33)
Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2020

Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Small Animals)

  • Accreditation No: 600/6052/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 715 - 715 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: 3600 The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2023 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued
Level 3 Diploma in Equine Veterinary Nursing (7457-43)
Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2020

Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Equine)

  • Accreditation No: 600/6052/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 665 - 665 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: 3445 The total time for the qualification
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2023 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Here you can find all documents related to this suite of qualifications.

By clicking on the section headings below, you can access a variety of documents such as the qualification handbooks and assessment materials, Statements of Purpose, and recognition letters from industry and employers.

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Interested in delivering this qualification?

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OSCEs

Additional documents