ST0343 Level 3 Veterinary Nurse

Availability and Readiness

Vetskill has passed the readiness checks and is deemed by IfATE as ‘ready to deliver’ for this apprenticeship standard. The Gateway for this standard opened on 1st September 2020 for the registration of apprentices. Please contact epao@vetskill.com if you require further information or to explore contracting with VetSkill EPAO.

ST0343 Level 3 Veterinary Nurse – the Apprenticeship Standard

The Veterinary Nurse Apprenticeship Standard has been designed to operate as the professional standard for people working as Veterinary Nurses across the sector.

Veterinary nursing is a regulated profession. Apprentices must be enrolled with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) for the duration of their training. Completion of the apprenticeship will coincide with the achievement of the accredited Licence to Practise Veterinary Nursing qualification at Level 3, which can be presented to the RCVS as evidence for the purpose of registration as a Veterinary Nurse.

Student Veterinary Nurses and Registered Veterinary Nurses work within the standards and scope of practice defined by the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and the RCVS.

Veterinary Nurses provide the supportive care of animals receiving treatment within a veterinary practice. A Veterinary Nurse works as a member of the veterinary team, providing nursing care for sick animals. Veterinary Nurses also play a significant role in educating owners on maintaining the health and welfare of their pets. The award of the apprenticeship certificate will signify recognition of competence in the role.

Apprentices will typically spend 30-36 months working towards the apprenticeship standard, followed by an End-Point Assessment completed over a maximum period of 12 months.

The approach is based on the following principles:

  • On programme and End-Point Assessment processes motivates apprentices to achieve excellence and not just satisfy the minimum standard
  • The assessment process adds value to both the apprentice and employer allowing progression of learning and development of core business
  • It links to industry developed recognised qualifications that enable and encourage progression and continuous development of knowledge and skills
  • The assessment is cost efficient, practical and proportionate in time for employers
  • The assessment plan has been informed by ongoing consultation with employers, professional bodies, and the RCVS (the professional regulator)

The purpose of the End-Point Assessment is to test, in a synoptic way, the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the apprentice as set out in the apprenticeship standard to confirm that the apprentice is occupationally competent. To achieve final certification, the apprentice must achieve a minimum of a pass in the End-Point Assessment components.

The End-Point Assessment consists of two components:

  • A Professional Discussion
  • A Practical Assessment in the form of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)