Bottle Green Training’s course is run as an apprenticeship. Therefore students must be employed in a veterinary practice that is recognised as a training practice by the RCVS, ideally for at least 6 months prior to enrolment. Training practices can be found listed by area on their website www.rcvs.org.uk.
The course is aimed to run for 2 years and 2 academic terms. Students are required to attend college for one day each week. During this time students will sit awarding body external exams and in house exams which go towards the final qualification. They will also be required to complete 5 assignments (for small animal pathway and 6 for equine) and their nursing progress log. All of these will need to reach an approved standard to enable students to qualify as a veterinary nurse.
College times are either 8.45am to 1.00pm for a morning session and 1.45pm to 6.00pm for an afternoon session. These dates are subject to change upon progression within the course.
All students who wish to train as a veterinary nurse need to fulfil the following criteria:
- Have achieved 5 GCSE’s grades A-C or 9-4 or equivalents to include English, Maths and Science at the time of application. Certificates will be required to prove this. Statements of results are NOT acceptable
- Be employed in a veterinary practice that is recognised as a training practice by the RCVS.
- Be working alongside a clinical coach in that practice for a minimum of 2 days per week.
- Be able to attend college on a day release basis – attendance must not fall below 80%.
Prior to Acceptance on the Course:
- We strongly recommend that all students work in a veterinary practice for a minimum of 6 months prior to starting the course
- Submit a research assignment of a maximum of 1500 words.
- Submit this and BGT enrolment paperwork.
- Be able to attend an Open day and if successful an induction day at BGT.