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City & Guilds Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Equine Pathway Top Up)

 Enrolments open for entry in September 2018 

March 2018 cohort Induction Study Week: 1st – 4th October 2018

Previously qualified small animal veterinary nurses, i.e. RVNs, can study the Equine Pathway and top-up to gain the RVN (Equine) qualification.

This qualification comprises 6 equine pathway units for students who have completed the Nursing Progress Log previously. Students who completed their original qualification via the NVQ route, or qualified more than 5 years ago, will need to complete two additional core units and attend an additional study week.

Programme structure:

Programme structure for students who qualified through the NVQ route or more than five years ago:

Enrolment includes BEVA membership

Study week dates
Please refer to the dates below which are relevant to your cohort.

March 2017

Study week 7: 20th – 23rd March 2018

Study week 8: 26th – 29th June 2018

Study week 9: July 2018- tbc

September 2017

Study week 7: 15th – 18th May 2018

Study week 8: 11th – 14th September 2018

Study week 9: October 2018 – tbc

Programme specifications
Academic Level: Further Education Level 3
Number of units/modules: 6
Study Hours per Unit: 150
Total Hours:  900
Course Duration:  12 – 18 months
Study Week Requirements: 4x compulsory study weeks
Entry criteria
  • RCVS NVQ and VRQ levels 2 and 3 in Veterinary Nursing


  • RCVS Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Small Animal Pathway)


  • Comparable qualification to the above. e.g. ACOVENE Accredited veterinary nursing qualification.

And be

  • Employed or have a work placement in a TP or aTP

There is no minimum hours requirement for the Top Up programme as students will have already completed the required number of hours for RCVS registration. Therefore a placement within a Training Practice is only required for completion of the Nursing Progress Log (NPL) and to work with the cases required for the case study based summative work assignments.

If in a small animal TP or if you are not currently working in Practice, you may enrol onto the equine top-up programme provided you have equine experience and are able to complete the Nursing Progress Log requirements within an equine TP. If you qualified as a VN more than five years before the proposed enrolment onto the top-up programme we need to confirm:

  • That you are currently working in practice and will spend the required number of hours in an equine TP
  • How much time you have spent working in practice since qualifying
  • What other equine qualifications you hold

Applications for students outside of the UK are reviewed on a case by case basis as there may be different entry requirements depending on the country where your qualification was completed. Please contact TOCES to receive advice regarding this.  If you reside outside of the UK your placement Practice will need to apply to become an RCVS Accredited Training Practice. TOCES can arrange this process. Please refer to our for Veterinary Practices page for more information.

Training Practice requirements

To ensure practices are able to provide a suitable training environment they must be approved by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a *Training Practice (TP).

If a practice is not already a TP TOCES will arrange the approval process. For further information about becoming an approved RCVS Training Practice please see How to become a Training Practice. 

*Practices that do not quite meet the TP criteria may be eligible to become an aTP and work with TOCES and other TPs to provide the necessary training.

Assessment method
  • Assignments
  • Case studies
  • College-based examinations
  • Nursing Progress/Skills Log 
  • Practical objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs)

Full Payment

  • Online access to all course materials
  • Tutor support
  • Five four day study weeks
  • Does not include accommodation, breakfast and evening meals
  • Printing and postage fees (optional)
  • City and Guilds Registration fee £206 payable upon enrolment
  • RCVS Registration £40.00 (if already an RVN)
  • Practical examination (OSCE) entry fee – currently £210 (subject to change)
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Interest Free Finance

  • Deposit payable on enrolment £1,000
  • City and Guilds Registration Fee payable on enrolment £206
  • RCVS Registration £40.00 (if already an RVN)
  • 12 monthly instalments of £208.33
  • Online access to all course materials
  • Tutor support
  • Five four day study weeks
  • Does not include accommodation, breakfast and evening meals
  • Printing and postage fees (optional)
  • Practical examination (OSCE) entry fee – currently £210 (subject to change)
  • Omni Capital pre-finance contract information
  • Sample Omni Capital credit agreement
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