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Veterinary Nurse Training for the Busy Practice

Our Level 3 equine veterinary nursing and technician programmes work very well for busy practices, where students are able to continue full time employment, while completing their studies through blended learning.

We offer two qualification options for those who are currently working in Practice and want to gain a formal qualification. Programme selection is governed by the entry criteria. For detailed information about each programme please click here.

Why choose TOCES?

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 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 a Training Practice

Step 1 – Download, complete and send the training practice application form and  terms and conditions documentation to admin@equinestudies.co.uk or to our postal address

Step 2 – Arrange payment of 50% Training Practice affiliation fee

Step 3 – After reviewing your application, we will arrange a suitable time to visit your premises

Step 4 – Upon approval, the remaining 50% training practice affiliation fee is payable



RCVS Training Practice Application Form 

RCVS Training Practice Application Form – Guidance Notes 

TOCES Memorandum of Understanding 

Terms and Conditions Document 

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. Where, for example a practice lacks full surgical facilities or has a low case load, an arrangement could be made for students to be seconded to another suitable training practice to gain the necessary experience.

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.