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Veterinary Nurse Training for the International Practice


Subject to meeting approval criteria, international veterinary practices now have the opportunity to become an RCVS Approved Training Practice; which means that overseas students may now study for the City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Equine Pathway). This qualification is globally respected, accredited by the RCVS and entitles the holder to enter the RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses.

Alternatively, our BTEC Equine Nursing Assistant/Technician programmes are open to all students to work towards a formal qualification, whether new to the industry or currently working in practice.

For detailed information about each programme please click here.

Please scroll down to view fully detailed Course Information Webinar.

Why choose TOCES?


  • We specialise in equine nursing
  • Small group cohorts, individual support
  • Access to leading equine hospitals, research and training centres
  • Online course material and study resources
  • Attendance of study weeks in three four-week blocks, saving travel time and expense for overseas students
  • Guidance and support provided to students, clinical coaches and practice managers throughout the programme in order to aid the student with their training

What support must be provided to the student?


Required study hours per week


In addition to distance learning material and study weeks, students are required to complete 1800 hours of practical training within an RCVS accredited Training Practice.


The Training Practice must agree to provide the following to support their student through their qualification:

  • a safe working environment
  • a minimum of three hours of structured training per week - training provided by the student’s clinical coach targeted towards NPL completion or preparation for OSCE examinations.
  • a minimum of three hours of independent study time during paid working hours* - time allocated to the student for the completion of their distance learning material. In the event of busier periods where study may not be possible, it is expected that the opportunity will be given for the student to make up this time at a later date.
  • reasonable access to their clinical skills coach on at least two days per week - the clinical coach should be available to work with their student in order to provide additional support alongside the structured training hours.
  • permission to attend planned TOCES study weeks and online tutorials

*If a student is completing their training hours in practice in a part-time agreement, their independent study time during paid working hours should be provided on a pro-rata basis.


Please refer to the sample Memorandum of Understanding for full details of the Training Practice’s responsibilities.


RCVS Training Practice Approval


The City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Equine Pathway) requires all students to undertake a placement, paid or unpaid, for a minimum of 15 hours per week within an approved RCVS Training Practice. As an approved RCVS Training Centre, we can arrange the approval process for overseas practices.

For more information and to download the application forms please refer to our FAQ section on the right.

View our Information Webinar for Practices


This webinar is designed for all prospective equine nursing students, veterinary practices and education support personnel to learn about:

  • Equine Veterinary Nurse and Technician training programme options
  • How our Equine Veterinary Nursing programmes are structured and delivered
  • Training practice criteria and the approval process
  • The role of the Training Practice in equine veterinary nurse training


How to apply to become an International Training Practice

Step 1 – Check the eligibility of your potential student equine veterinary nurse/s. Please follow the link to the City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Equine Pathway) information page for entry criteria. Please contact us with any particular queries you may have about this.

Step 2 - Download, complete and send the Training Practice application form, checklist for International Training Practices and terms and conditions documentation to admin@equinestudies.co.uk or to our postal address

Step 3 – Arrange payment of International Training Practice affiliation fee (£875.00)

Step 4 – After reviewing your application, we will liaise with the practice in order to gather the necessary evidence to submit the application to the RCVS for approval.



RCVS Training Practice Application Form 

RCVS Training Practice Application Form – Guidance Notes 

Terms and Conditions Document 

TOCES checklist for International Training Practices

What is the difference between a full TP and an auxillary TP?

If your practice does not meet all of the requirements for TP status but would still like to train students, then it is possible for you to apply for auxiliary training practice status. In some instances and with prior arrangement, it may be possible for students to complete secondment placements whilst in the UK for study weeks, in order to increase exposure to caseloads for completion of the NPL.

In such cases a Memorandum of Understanding must be drawn up to outline the exact arrangement in accordance with all parties involved. Please contact us if have any queries regarding this.