The RVC Graduate Diploma in Professional and Clinical Veterinary Nursing is a unique distance-learning advanced veterinary nursing diploma for practising registered veterinary nurses. If you are currently employed in practice and looking to study from home, the Diploma will help you to develop valuable knowledge and skills to take you to the next level of your career. The Diploma is managed and taught by leading veterinary professionals who are recognised by employers both within the UK and internationally. We focus on developing critical thinking, using both theory and its practical application, enabling you to become better equipped to care for your patients. Our learners come from a wide range of veterinary practices around the world. Whether you work in a first-opinion practice, a charity clinic or a large specialist referral practice, you will all share an ambition to excel in the veterinary field and a desire to improve animal health and welfare. We welcome applications from individuals with the dedication to commit to the course and progress the professional role of the vet nurse in the veterinary profession. You will need a high level of motivation and, in return, we promise a rich and rewarding experience during your time with us.

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Part Time 29 months by Distance Learning

Module Details:

What will I learn? During the programme you will: •Benefit from exposure to some of the best clinical specialists in the UK •Join a network of like-minded individuals all striving to enhance the professional status of the veterinary nurse •Become better equipped to influence the health of animal patients within your care •Learn to apply new solutions and approaches to often complex problems at work •Have the potential to publish work developed as part of your course studies (see Published papers of previous students) •Develop an appetite for lifelong learning. In addition, your practice will benefit from your motivation and ability to make an enhanced contribution to the workplace. Programme delivery The Graduate Diploma is delivered through flexible online learning via the RVC’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – ‘Learn’. This means you can work towards the qualification at your own pace and can schedule your study around other aspects of your personal and professional life. Each module has a subject specialist assigned as module leader. They act as your personal tutor, helping you navigate through the module and setting a series of collaborative tasks, assignments and online discussion activities. All of these will contribute to your specialist knowledge and learning. The deadline for applications is March each year and the Diploma begins in May. It will take you 29 months to complete the Diploma, and as a guide we advise that you will need to commit approximately 15 hours a week to study.


Entry Requirements

We ask that our learners: •Hold a Veterinary Nursing Certificate awarded by the RCVS and be on the current RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses (or hold a recognised accredited overseas equivalent professional qualification/status*) •Normally have a minimum of one year post-qualification clinical experience, •Be employed in, or have agreed access to placement in a suitable** veterinary clinical environment, •Have the support of their employing/supervising veterinary practice, who will be required to allow time and access for training and assessment activities. •Learners will require a computer with broadband internet access. •Successful completion of Contemporary Study Skills bridging short-course (assessment includes attendance of Orientation Week and completion of all assignments and assessments), English language requirements A good working knowledge of scientific English is essential in order to follow the course, which includes a significant proportion of written instruction and written assessments. Applicants whose first language is not English must have an acceptable English Language qualification: •IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 or above with minimum 6.5 in each component For those without IELTS, please see our English Language Requirements page for a full list of qualifications we will accept as alternatives. *Overseas students can contact the RCVS direct for further details on recognised accredited overseas equivalent professional qualification/status) and can apply for UK registration **As a guide, suitable clinical environments are veterinary practices which can demonstrate a minimum of General Practice standards for small animal from RCVS Practice Standards Scheme. It is advised that students spend minimum 15 days per 20 credit elective module working in a directly in a suitable clinical environment (e.g. critical care if the Emergency and Critical Care Nursing module is taken). Pre-requisite bridging short-course To be eligible to qualify for the Graduate Diploma, you will be required to complete and pass the pre-requisite bridging short-course, Contemporary Study Skills, including attendance at the compulsory Orientation Week at our Hawkshead campus in Hertfordshire. This short-course has been designed to prepare all potential learners for study at higher education level using the contemporary technologies employed throughout the rest of the programme. You will develop the study and learning strategies you need which form the foundation of all subsequent modules and which are transferable to other aspects of your professional, educational and personal life.

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