Veterinary nursing is the branch of veterinary science responsible for the supportive care of animals that are receiving treatment within a veterinary practice. Most students interested in becoming a veterinary nurse will undertake a veterinary nursing degree at university.
With our guide to veterinary nursing degrees you can find out the typical entry requirements, the topics you’ll study and the veterinary nursing careers that you could enter.
Only 12 universities in the UK offer veterinary nursing degrees making the application process very competitive. The entry requirements for each institution will vary, however, typically students are expected to have gained the following A Level grades/ UCAS points:A Level Grades: A*AA - AAB UCAS Points: 152 - 136 If you want to study at a top 5 university for Veterinary Nursing Degrees, you can study at:
After completing a degree in veterinary nursing students can choose to continue their studies through a master’s degree in a veterinary/ science related field, or they can enter the field of work. Common destinations of veterinary nurses include job roles in:
- General Practice
- Government Service
- Food Hygiene
- University Teaching
- Veterinary Research
- Animal Charities
Veterinary nursing and veterinary science degrees were noted as the second most employable degrees in 2016 based on the destination of leavers from higher education survey 2016. Graduates of veterinary degrees left university and around 97% of students were in further education or full time employment within 6 months. Those that chose to work achieved an average starting salary of £27.5k. You can read more about the most employable degrees with our article: Top 10 Most Employable Degrees.