What qualifications do I need to become a veterinary nurse?

There really is no doubt when it is stated that being a veterinary nurse is an extremely hard job, however, it also does have its benefits as it is extremely rewarding. It is a job that is not only challenging, but stimulating as well, as it requires quite a lot of varying skills. Foy you to become a veterinary nurse, you have to be passionate about pets, you also have to have a durable stomach that is capable of dealing with unpleasant smells and sights. One thing you should definitely have as a veterinary nurse is the ability to remain standing for the duration of the day.

As a veterinary nurse you will work with veterinary surgeons at a hospital, clinic or surgery to help care for animals that are injured or sick. A typical day might start with you cleaning kennels out, treating then feeding patients. This is then trailed by a clinic round which would involve you helping out with medical treatments, injections, operations and bandaging. It is worth noting that animals when sick do not come alone, they come with their owners and that is why you should have excellent people skills. One of the best ways to gain work experience as a veterinary nurse is to engage in voluntary work.

Qualifications required:

As of this moment, there are three levels of diploma available for those interested in going into veterinary nursing. The diplomas can be completed on an apprentice basis while on the job, or on a full time basis. Typically, it takes anything from 2 to 3 years for an individual to qualify. There are universities that offer BSc honours or foundation degrees. For you to begin your training, you have to have the minimum qualifications listed below:

5 GCSEs graded at a minimum of C, with maths, English and a subject in science included.


An ANA Animal Nursing Assistant or VCA veterinary care assistant qualification. 

There are no age requirements for you to be qualified as a veterinary nurse, however, you must have enrolled in a course associated with the appropriate regulatory bodies. You also should have completed a period of training that lasted 22 weeks at a minimum before exams were taken. This training has to be a college based form of study and the college in question must be one that has been permitted by the appropriate regulatory bodies.

Apart from that you should have completed a full time practice experience lasting a minimum of sixty weeks with a training practice that is licensed.

Once these steps are done, the next thing to do is to take the veterinary nursing theory exam. This is a multiple choice exam that must be passed. The moment you pass and are qualified you will have to pay a yearly registration charge to the appropriate regulatory body so as to be able to gain certain privileges. 

These are the steps required to qualify as a veterinary nurse.