Over the years I have written a number of blogs for student vet nurses covering many different aspects of training to be a vet nurse in the UK. Student vet nurses are quite different to many other students as the title ‘student vet nurse’ is a legal one which carries quite a high level of responsibility.
If you scroll through the blogs on here you’ll see a collection of words below each picture and these are WordPress ‘tags’ and the link blogs by group. I use quite a few and there is always some overlap but you’ll find a great list of student vet nurse blogs if you click here
How do you get to be a student vet nurse?
There are several ways to become a student vet nurse and different courses to attend. The most popular is the Level 3 Diploma in the UK and this has two awarding bodies – CQ and City and Guilds. Completing either course will allow you onto the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) register of vet nurse in the UK. These courses are often run as day release courses at local colleges and most students then work in or attend placements in vet practices.
There are also degree course in vet nursing that could lead you to a FdSc or BSc in vet nursing and again you can enter the RCVS register. These students aren’t employed by a vet practice but are placed on placements by their university.
Check the blogshere
So I can train at any vets?
Well, that’s the hard bit. To train vet nurse clinics need to be registered with the RCVS as Training Practice (TP) so not all practices can train you but they can all offer work experience to see if you like vet nursing and this is often an important part of getting on a course.
TP – tick, College place – tick – am I an SVN?
You’re nearly there! There’s only one more thing you need… and that’s to be registered as a student vet nurse with the RCVS. Once this is done you can commence training and also be responsible under the RCVS Code of Conduct for caring for patients and clients. You’ll have a named person responsible for training you and that’s a clinical coach, and they’ll get other people in the clinic to also train you.
Check the blogshere
During your time as student you’ll learn lots – how to study, cope with exams and more. You’ll assist clients with sad and stressful situations and also help them greatly too. This is all a lot to take on so my blogs cover subject areas across:
- Student contracts
- Working with your clinical coach
- Studying for exams
- Surviving your OSCEs
- How to approach MCQ exams
- Degree vs diploma nurses The Myths
- Finance for vet nurses
And more – Check the blogshere
Being a student vet nurse is a great privilege and very hard work so it’s worth reading around what’s already been written and you can sign up for future blog alerts via email on the Contact Me page– there are people to support your journey!
Jane qualified via the NVQ route around 15 years ago and still remembers what its like to be a student. She teaches and supports students in a number of ways including OSCE sessions, writing support sessions and more. Find out more in Work with Jane