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
Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 7. Their qualification will include:
Veterinary Nursing – Small Animal at SCQF Level 7
Veterinary Nursing – Equine at SCQF Level 7
You must also achieve one enhancement qualification at SCQF Level 6.
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)
Emergency and Critical Care certificates
It could also enable candidates to progress in their career to roles such as:
advanced veterinary nursing practitioner
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.