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The Veterinary Nursing sector is an important part of the Animal Welfare industry and is represented by small animals, equine and agricultural animals. Registered Veterinary Nurses work alongside Veterinary Surgeons in order to provide a high standard of care for animals. Registered Veterinary Nurses normally work within a veterinary surgery or veterinary hospital, are involved in a wide range of care and treatment and play an important role in the education of owners on good standards of animal care.

The qualification

SCQF Level 7

Your apprentice will complete a Modern Apprenticeship in Veterinary Nursing at SCQF Level 7.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this framework. Achievement of academic qualifications such as Standard Grades and Highers is one way of assessing the suitability of applicants. However, each candidate will be reviewed on their own merit and employers should also be aware of newer vocational qualifications or vocational activity undertaken out with an academic institutions, such as volunteering activity.

Progression and development

Following completion of the Veterinary Nursing Apprenticeship candidates will become a Registered Veterinary Nurse. This will allow learners to progress onto a range of qualifications, including Higher National Diplomas, Under-Graduate Degrees and Emergency and Critical Care Certificates. It could also enable candidates to progress in their career to Advanced Veterinary Nursing Practitioner, Practise Manager or Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nursing.

SCQF qualification levels explained

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How is it funded?

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

See training contribution calculator below to determine funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet the needs of your business.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employers to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take between 12-24 months to complete.

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The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

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