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Welcome to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Enrolling as a student

In order to train as a veterinary nurse, you first need to have a place at a college on a course leading to an RCVS-accredited veterinary nursing qualification.  

If you are looking for careers advice on how to become a veterinary nurse and the different types of qualification available, then please visit I want to be a veterinary nurse where you will find further details.

Once you have obtained a place at a college and been registered with the Awarding Organisation or University, you will need to enrol as a veterinary nurse student with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. The enrolment form and guidance notes can be downloaded from the 'Related documents' box on this page. 


Completing your enrolment application

The enrolment form has some sections to be completed by the student, and others to be completed by the college. The college will also need to verify your official identification documents.  

All applications for enrolment are sent to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons by your college with the fees and supporting documentation. Please do not send your form directly to the RCVS.


Helpful documents

All RCVS-accredited veterinary nursing qualifications will ensure that students meet the RCVS Day One Competences for Veterinary Nurses and the RCVS Day One Skills for Veterinary Nurses, which you will become familiar with during your training. There are separate Day One Skills lists for small animal veterinary nurses and equine veterinary nurses.

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