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. This apprenticeship contains flexible learning options and training to aid progression within the sector.

What's the qualification?

You’ll gain a Modern Apprenticeship in Veterinary Nursing at SCQF Level 7.

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

As part of this apprenticeship, you will achieve 5 different Work Place Core Skills at SCQF Level 6.

You will achieve one of the following qualifications: Veterinary Nursing – Small Animal at SCQF Level 7 or Veterinary Nursing – Equine at SCQF Level 7. You must also achieve one enhancement qualification at SCQF Level 6.

Where could it take me?

Upon competition of this apprenticeship, candidates will become a Registered Veterinary Nurse. This provides a range of options to pursue.

Further study: Completion could lead to a suitable degree course, subject to acceptance by the University/College. This includes Higher National Diplomas, Under-Graduate Degrees or Emergency and Critical Care Certificates

Straight to work: Use your qualifications and find a job in the sector. Options to pursue are listed below:

  • Advanced Veterinary Nursing Practitioner
  • Practice Manager
  • Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nursing

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.


This Modern Apprenticeship will take between 12-24 months to complete.  

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