UK’s largest VN training provider to move to VetSkill

24 September 2019

The College of Animal Welfare is moving to awarding body VetSkill for all new student veterinary nurses starting from January next year. Existing students will remain on their current programme and will not be transferred. Applications are now open.

VetSkill’s new Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Companion Animal) qualification supports learners by focussing on the RCVS Day-One Skills and Competences and underpinning knowledge relevant to the role of the modern Registered Veterinary Nurse. Embedded within the qualification is the opportunity to also become a Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) for companion animals.

Frank Taylor, Vice Principal Veterinary Studies at The College of Animal Welfare, said: “As the largest provider of veterinary nurse training in the UK, we’re thrilled to be joining a number of other providers in offering a programme that is more holistically based and that allows veterinary nurses to focus more on the practical aspects of veterinary nursing.” He added: “Including SQP status is also a significant step forward in the direction of creating prescriber veterinary nurses.”

The college will be holding a roadshow of information events for employers, clinical coaches and prospective students. These are free to all including those of other providers and will be held at Edinburgh (28th October), Leeds (29th October), Wigan (30th October), Huntingdon (4th November) and at North London (5th November).  The briefings will start at 6pm and will include an update on the Apprenticeships for Veterinary Nursing. For booking information visit

More information about the new programme can also be found at or by calling the college on 01480 422060.