Harper Adams University

Harper Adams University

Veterinary Oncology Nursing

The course looks at three interesting aspects of the veterinary nurse as an oncology practitioner: Veterinary Oncology, Pathophysiology and Diagnostic Support - This module looks at: pathogenesis, tumour biology, assisting with tumour diagnosis, cytological and histology techniques, diagnostic imaging, anatomical classification, paraneoplastic syndromes and owner support. Veterinary Oncology Treatment and Nursing Care - A wide range of treatments used in human oncology are now being considered in the veterinary context. This module will look at: ethics of cancer treatment in animals, chemotherapy, surgical intervention, radiation therapy, analgesia, nursing care, palliative care, nutritional management and owner support. Veterinary Analgesia and Pain Management - The recognition of pain in animals is a vital role of the veterinary nurse. This module will allow the nurse to understand the effects of analgesics and to develop techniques in recognising and assessing pain in animals. This module will include: pain pathways, pain assessment, analgesic drugs and nursing techniques.

Entry requirements

Candidates are required to be a Registered or Listed Veterinary Nurse. In addition, a minimum of a second 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 Fee Course duration
PgCert Distance learning (with some attendance) - 1 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Admissions Office
Telephone number: 
01952 81 5000