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Veterinary Nurse

Helping vets diagnose and treat sick and injured animals.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


3 (equivalent to A levels at grades A to E)

Typical length
30 months
Current funding band
Up to £15,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer. Applicants must have achieved at least 5 level 2 qualifications (equivalent to GCSE grades 9 to 4 or A* to C), including English, maths and a science subject.

What apprentices will learn
  • how to handle animals calmly and safely
  • clinical skills
  • looking after injured or sick animals
  • preparing and maintaining veterinary practices
  • how to be tactful and sympathetic with pet owners

Apprentices will take a level 3 veterinary nursing qualification.

Professional registration

Apprentices who complete this apprenticeship will be eligible to register with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

How apprentices are assessed

A government-approved organisation must assess apprentices towards the end of their apprenticeship.

This end-point assessment ensures apprentices achieve the skills, training and any qualifications necessary to complete their apprenticeship.

You can download the assessment plan from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. There are no end-point assessment organisations for this apprenticeship yet. Please email if you urgently need an end-point assessment organisation.

More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.