Veterinary Nursing

Modern Apprenticeship



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:

  • work within a veterinary surgery or veterinary hospital

  • are involved in a wide range of care and treatment

  • play an important role in the education of owners on good standards of animal care

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 7.

Select Level 7 to see the framework document and qualification(s) at that level.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this framework. Achievement of academic qualifications such as National 4s and 5s and Highers is one way of assessing the suitability of applicants.

However, each candidate will be reviewed on their own merit. 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

When they complete the Veterinary Nursing apprenticeship, the candidate will become a Registered Veterinary Nurse. They could move on to a range of qualifications, including:

  • Higher National Diploma (HND)

  • undergraduate degrees

  • Emergency and Critical Care certificates

It could also enable candidates to progress in their career to roles such as:

  • advanced veterinary nursing practitioner

  • practice manager

  • emergency and critical care veterinary nursing

How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.

Cost and funding

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 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 your business needs.

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 encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

How long will it take?

It will take 12 to 24 months to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

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

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