Student Nurse Training

Veterinary Nurse training – should this be the page name?

Veterinary nursing is the supportive care of animals receiving treatment within a veterinary practice. A veterinary nurse works as a member of the veterinary team, providing expert nursing care for sick animals and assisting the veterinary surgeons as needed.

Veterinary nurses also play a significant role in educating owners on maintaining the health of their pets. They carry out technical work and are skilled in undertaking a range of diagnostic tests, medical treatments and minor surgical procedures, under veterinary direction.

All veterinary nurse training is conducted through colleges or universities that offer qualifications accredited by RCVS. To start training you will need to meet minimum entry requirements which are set by the awarding organisation or higher educational institution for your qualification. These typically include Maths and a Science GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent).

Our students most commonly study at:

The College of Animal Welfare


Moreton Morrell 

Various courses are offered, including degrees and apprenticeships. Depending on your chosen course you may attend college one day per week or have longer blocks of classroom training followed by practical experience in the workplace. In order to complete your qualification, you will need a work placement at an Accredited Training Practice (such as Towcester Vets) where you will gain the necessary practical skills and experience with support from your Clinical Coach.


Student Nurse opportunities at Towcester Vets

Both our Equine and Small Animal departments have opportunities for student nurses from time to time as our existing students finish their studies. The most common route to student nurse training is to join our team as a nursing assistant/animal care assistant and gain more knowledge of the veterinary world before undertaking a qualification.





A career as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) is rewarding, but it can be extremely demanding at times and requires hard work and dedication.

The role of a veterinary nurse is to support vets with the diagnosis, treatment, and care of injured and sick animals. Vet nurses also much of our patients’ preventative care, as well as educating owners on a variety of animal health subjects.

Here at Towcester Vets, we offer a limited number of student vet nurse placements each year. To register your interest / to apply, contact….

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Case study of an existing nurse student

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What does it take to be a veterinary nurse?

More than just a love of animals. Veterinary nursing can be very rewarding, as well as physically and emotionally demanding. Skills needed include: the ability to work well with others; able to use initiative; attention to detail; active listening skills; work well with hands; excellent customer service & verbal communication; patience and the ability to keep calm in stressful situations.


What does a veterinary nurse do?

Our vet nurses have put together a broad overview of their responsibilities:

  • Provide care for animals at each stage of their life journey
  • Assist vets with surgical and non-surgical procedures
  • Give injections and look after in-patients
  • Deal with traumatic and high-pressure situations
  • Keep the practice clean and well-prepped
  • Advise and educate owners on many aspects of pet care
  • Stocktaking, reception, and administrative duties


Towcester Vets’ nurses are a friendly bunch. If you’d like to know more about them, why not go and meet our Small Animal and Equine nursing teams?


Interested in a career in veterinary nursing?

Here are some useful links:

You will need to register with RCVS

You can join the BVNA for more info, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.



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