Article Text

VN Training
Practice placements for undergraduate veterinary nurses
  1. Sally Bowden

    Sally Bowden qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1990. After 10 years in small animal practice she became a lecturer in veterinary nursing and animal science. In 2001, she took up the post of work placement coordinator for the BSc VN course run jointly by the College of Animal Welfare, the Royal Veterinary College and Middlesex University. She returned to practice in January 2003 and her role involves assessing undergraduate VN students placed at the practice.


APPROXIMATELY 15 per cent of veterinary nursing students currently enrolled with the RCVS are training through the higher education system, rather than following the traditional practice-based route, and there are now six universities offering degree courses in veterinary nursing. Degree students are required to complete blocks of work experience in veterinary practices and, as such, practices may find themselves being approached either by the universities, or directly by the students, to provide work placements. In this article, Sally Bowden explains what is involved and outlines some considerations for the practice.

Statistics from

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.