Veterinary Nurse Apprenticeships
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons says there are about 20,000 veterinary surgeons and 12,000 veterinary nurses registered in the UK, with an increase of an eighth in the number of premises between 2010-14.
We are, as a nation, generally animal lovers, and vets play an important part in keeping domestic pets in good health, as well as providing crucial services to farmers not only to protect the welfare of their livestock, but also to protect the financial investment made by the farmers in their flocks and herds too.
What is a veterinary nurse apprenticeship?
A veterinary nurse apprenticeship or a veterinary care assistant apprenticeship will start with a job in a vets’ surgery, covering basics like how to handle small animals correctly, along with giving you real-world experience in a surgery located close to you.
The course builds your confidence around animals, gives you experience and ends with you receiving a qualification you can list on your CV for the rest of your career.
What qualifications will I get?
Depending on the level of your apprenticeship, you will end the course by qualifying for an equivalent NVQ, with assessment based on practical work and observations by your employer.
This is a recognised equivalent to an academic qualification, but can be a better fit for vocational courses like veterinary nursing, or for people who don’t do well in exams – it can also be used towards your eligibility for higher courses or even a university application.
What are the benefits of a veterinary nurse apprenticeship?
If you love animals and want to work in a job protecting them and caring for their welfare, veterinary nursing is a great option and remember that you are likely to encounter species you haven’t dealt with up close before.
An apprenticeship gives you that experience, with hands-on work placements to help you get to grips with handling animals you’ve never touched before, all combined with a qualification you can put on your CV at the end. Take a read of some of our vet apprentice opinions!
How do I apply?
Just call ProCo to let us know you are interested in studying towards a veterinary nursing apprenticeship and we can help you to understand the different opportunities we have available.
Alternatively, if you want to apply directly without any further discussion, just fill in our online form and you can send us all the information we need immediately.