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Veterinary Nurse Training

Veterinary nursing is a career choice that appeals to both men and women – the RCVS has about 20,000 members practising in the UK, of which more than 11,000 are female, with a peak age group of 26-30. It’s a relatively youthful profession and growing in number steadily year by year. Training for this career has a unique need for experience in handling animals from domestic pets to agricultural livestock, including animals in pain or distress, and there is no substitute for hands-on training, so it is important to choose the right study programme and work experience.

What does working in veterinary nursing offer?

There can be a huge sense of achievement that comes from taking a sick animal and making it better, although of course there are also challenges to face when an animal is too badly injured to treat, and a veterinarian career will see you face and overcome such obstacles. You gain confidence around animals – not just pets, but wild animals too – and learn how to handle them safely and keep them under control, all while earning a respectable wage depending on your level of training and experience.

What training courses are available?

ProCo offer workplace training courses, apprenticeships and study programmes that meet a wide range of different needs, and can lead to an NVQ qualification to list on your CV. We offer direct coaching at our learning facilities in Wigan, as well as the chance to learn with employers in the local veterinary sector, at a variety of levels to support your ongoing development and train you towards a higher level career or potentially a return to education at university.

Veterinary Nurse Training Courses – Apprenticeships

A veterinary nursing apprenticeship provides you with the skills and knowledge required to further your career in the industry, no matter what your age.

What can the training involve?

As mentioned, training in veterinary nursing will typically involve getting up close and personal with animals that are in need of care, all under the supervision of a fully qualified veterinary nurse or surgeon, and this builds your confidence as much as it builds your direct animal handling skills. Practical assessment, observations and reports all offer an alternative to academic exam-based assessment, allowing us to show that you have reached the required standard to qualify for the NVQ or certification part of your studies.

Local opportunities and relationships

There are veterinary surgeons and animal care organisations throughout the north-west, from regional surgeries in Wigan and its surrounding area to regional headquarters of national groups in Manchester and Salford. We work hard to offer you the most suitable work placements for your ambitions, and to suit the courses we deliver at our own learning facilities – and in many cases, our trainees go on to permanent roles with the same employer. To find out more about what we can arrange for you, call ProCo today.