VetSkill Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Equine)

Course Information

Qualification Overview

This qualification will support the training and education of Veterinary Nurses for entry onto the RCVS register. It will address the Day One Competences and Skills stipulated by the RCVS, as the professional body, for such qualifications. The aim of this qualification is for learners to gain the practical competence and knowledge that is relevant to the role of a Registered Veterinary Nurse. The qualification delivered to learners should cover a range of equines.

Qualification Number: 603/5890/7

Level: 3

Credits: 240

Guided Learning Hours: 600

Total Qualification Time: 4200 hours

The operational end date for this qualification is 31 October 2022, please see our replacement qualification.

What will you learn?

How long will it take?

This Level 3 Diploma offers 240 credits and will usually be delivered as a 24 month programme.

You will undertake the following units:

  • Professional Equine Veterinary Nursing Responsibilities
  • Diagnostic Principles
  • Principles of Equine Veterinary Nursing Care 1
  • Pharmacology and Dispensary Management
  • Practical Equine Veterinary Nursing Skills 1
  • Equine Anaesthesia as Theatre Nursing Skills
  • Life Stage Equine Nursing¬† Care and Support
  • Principles of Equine Veterinary Nursing Care 2
  • Surgical Nursing and Patient Care
  • Practical Equine Veterinary Nursing Skills 2

Embedded within this qualification is the content required for a Student Veterinary Nurse to become a Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) for Equine.


What are the entry requirements?

Learners must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C (or 9-4), including English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject, to register as a Student Veterinary Nurse on this programme. If you do not meet the GCSE requirement, there are alternative qualifications that may be acceptable. Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths are acceptable as an equivalent to GSCEs in English Language and Mathematics.

International Students

All foreign qualifications presented for entry must be officially translated into English with a notarised stamp. International qualifications not taught and assessed in English may be acceptable, provided they are supported by proof of competence in the English Language by holding IELTS at a minimum score of 6.0 or recognised equivalent.


How is the qualification assessed?

Portfolio of Evidence

Throughout the two years, you will compile a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate the practical applications of learning in the workplace. Assessed by the Centre and externally sampled by VetSkill.


You will complete five assignments/case studies to demonstrate knowledge and understanding; two in year one and three in year two. All assignments are marked by the Centre.

Multiple-Choice Online Examinations

There are seven online examinations throughout the qualification that assess underpinning knowledge; four in year one and three in year two. Examinations are set and marked by VetSkill.

Year 1 Practical Skills Assessment (Formative)

You will be given one scenario which includes six tasks. The practical skills assessment is set by VetSkill but is carried out in, and marked by, the Centre.

Year 2 VetSkill Licence to Practise Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

Once all other assessments have been passed, learners will undertake the VetSkill Licence to Practise OSCE consisting of 12 stations, each lasting 8 minutes, including 2 minutes reading and preparation time.


Where can you study?

The following Centres are currently approved to deliver the VetSkill Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Equine):

Vet Partners School of Equine Veterinary Nursing