VetSkill VTEC Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Equine)

Course Information

Qualification Overview

VetSkill have developed the new VetSkill VTEC Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Equine) in line with the update to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Day One Skills (DOS), Day One Competencies (DOCs) and Professional Behaviours for Veterinary Nurses. This updated qualification embraces the evolving evidence-based veterinary nursing sector, and encompasses contemporary veterinary nursing practice and replaces the previous VetSkill Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Equine).

The qualification will provide learners with the practical competence and underpinning knowledge required to apply to join the RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses.

It has been designed to develop Veterinary Nurses that have a holistic approach to their work, a passion for making a difference to the lives of animals, and a solid understanding of their professional responsibilities.

Qualification number: 610/1343/2
Level: 3
Credits: 240
Guided Learning Hours: 600
Total Qualification Time: 4200 hours

What will you learn?

How long will it take?

This VetSkill VTEC Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Equine) offers 240 credits and is typically delivered as a 24-month programme.

You will undertake the following units:

  • VN01 Professional Veterinary Nursing Responsibilities
  • VN02 Diagnostic Principles
  • VN03 Principles of Veterinary Nursing Care 1
  • VN04 Pharmacology and Dispensary Management
  • VN05 Practical Veterinary Nursing Skills and Professional Behaviours
  • VN06 Anaesthesia and Theatre Nursing Skills
  • VN07 Life Stage and Medical Nursing Care and Support
  • VN08 Principles of Veterinary Nursing Care 2
  • VN09 Surgical Nursing and Patient Care

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

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 qualification you will compile a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate assessment of your practical competency against the RCVS Day One Skills and Professional Behaviours, and the requirements of the SQP Code of Practice. This is assessed by a work-based assessor, internally quality assured by the centre and externally quality assured by VetSkill.


You will complete three assignments throughout to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding. All assignments are assessed and internally quality assured by the Centre and externally quality assured by VetSkill.

Multiple-Choice Online Examinations

There are six online examinations throughout the qualification that assess underpinning knowledge. Examinations are set and marked by VetSkill.

Practical Skills Assessment (Formative)

You will be given a formative practical assessment consisting of six set tasks to provide feedback on your competency against some of the RCVS Day One Skills. The practical skills assessment is set by VetSkill but is carried out in, and assessed by, the Centre.

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. OSCEs are set and marked by VetSkill.

Where can you study?

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

Liphook Equine Hospital