Nurse Training

I Would like to be a Registered Veterinary Nurse

What is veterinary nursing?

Veterinary nursing is the supportive care of animals receiving treatment within a veterinary practice. A veterinary nurse works as a member of the veterinary team, providing expert nursing care for sick animals. Veterinary nurses also play a significant role in educating owners on maintaining the health of their pets. They carry out technical work and are skilled in undertaking a range of diagnostic tests, medical treatments and minor surgical procedures, under veterinary direction.

Veterinary nursing offers rewarding career opportunities for people interested in animal health and welfare.

Training routes

There are two routes to becoming a qualified veterinary nurse; either via vocational training or via a higher education qualification. Both routes lead to registration as a veterinary nurse.

Hampden Veterinary Hospital is an accredited Veterinary Nurse Training & Assessment Practice with the RCVS for providing vocational training.

Approved RVN Approved Training & Assessment Practice
Student Nurse assisting with surgery
One of our student nurses learning how to handle a snake
Student Nurse learning to bandage a leg after an operation
One of our student nurses learning to bandage a leg after an operation

Where a vacancy arises for a student veterinary nurse, the trainee is normally employed in a Kennel Assistant role for a short period of time, which allows them to develop an understanding of the veterinary practice and the role of the veterinary nurse before starting college on a 1-day a week day release either at the College of Animal Welfare, Potters Bar, or Warwickshire College, normally for a 2 year period.

In addition to the classroom studies, students are required to complete a portfolio of practical competences under the mentorship of one of our Practice Senior Nurse Clinical Coaches. Funding for these courses is either through Government Funding and/or through the Practice.

As you will appreciate, becoming a qualified Registered Veterinary Nurse takes a lot of commitment from both the student and the Practice, and is also a large financial investment; because of this we also require student nurses to commit to a period of Return of Service after completing their qualification.

If you are interested in starting a career as a Veterinary Nurse, please send a letter and CV to our Head Nurse.

For further information on veterinary nurse training please visit the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons website: