Harper Adams University

Harper Adams University

Veterinary Nurse Practitioner

The course looks at 3 interesting aspects of the veterinary nurse as a practitioner. The companion animal life care module looks primarily at areas where the veterinary nurse can influence the health of companion animals by giving appropriate advice and guidance to owners. These include nutrition, preventative control of parasites of dogs, cats and rabbits and the supply of licensed animal medicines. The companion animal behaviour module explores the behavioural states of domestic animals that commonly contribute to behavioural problems and evaluates the range of techniques that can be used to treat them; including behavioural modification, chemotherapeutic intervention, nutritional therapy and legal and professional considerations. Finally, the client support module looks primarily at the areas of client support that a veterinary nurse can assist with - i.e. long term illness, euthanasia, bereavement, nurse clinics etc. and effective methods of communication that will improve client compliance.

Entry requirements

Candidates are required to be a registered or listed veterinary nurse. In addition, a minimum of a 2nd Class degree in veterinary nursing or an animal science subject; alternatively the Dip AVN (RCVS) with evidence of success in level 6 study.

Course modules

Companion animal life care; companion animal behaviour; client support; small animal complementary therapies; veterinary hydrotherapy; veterinary analgesia and pain management; veterinary oncology pathophysiology and diagnostic support; veterinary oncology treatment and nursing care; research project.

Assessment methods

Modules will be assessed by a range of methods, including assignments end of module examination, and practical OPSE exams. Support in assessment skills is available for those who have not sat an examination recently.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time September 2016 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Harper Adams University Newport TF10 8NB West Midlands

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Admissions Office
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01952 81 5000