Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing

Bachelor of Science Veterinary Nursing

Course Overview

  • 3

    Years

  • 7

    Level

  • 410

    Points

  • AL731

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

The growth in scale, demands and sophistication of veterinary practices has created a significant market for the services of veterinary nurses. The veterinary nurse plays an essential role in the running of a modern veterinary practice. Their roles can be in an advisory capacity, such as advising clients about husbandry, kennel and stable management and responsible pet ownership. Veterinary Nurses are involved in the running of diagnostic tests within the clinic such as diagnostic imaging and blood testing. AIT was a leader in developing a veterinary nursing degree in Ireland. Since the programme was introduced, it has consistently been one of the most popular degrees offered by AIT. The high level of demand is testament to the quality of the AIT degree and the nature of the education provided.

What will I experience?

This established degree programme will give you the multidisciplined skills to play a key role in large animal, small animal veterinary practices. A critical component of each year of the course is a clinical placement in a veterinary practice.

Veterinary Nursing Placements:

  1. AIT Coordinator Link
  2. Placement Supervisor Link
  3. Student Link

What opportunities might it lead to?

Currently, and for the foreseeable future, employment prospects for veterinary nurses are excellent. As well as providing the necessary scientific and nursing skills and understanding.

As a graduate you are eligible to apply for the BSc (Hons) in Applied Biosciences at AIT. Graduates of this programme have been successful in gaining entry to the five-year veterinary programme in Budapest, Hungary.

Additional Information

This course is accredited by the Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI) and graduates are eligible to enter onto the register of Veterinary Nurses in Ireland - a requirement which must be met in order to work as a Registered veterinary Nurse.

61% of the Class of 2014 were in employment and 26% were continuing their studies, six months after finishing their degree.

You will be required to spend two residential weeks at Gurteen College, Ballingarry, Roscrea, Co Tipperary during both first and second year of the degree programme. The cost of this week must be paid by the student (details of fees available from AIT).

Assessment Information

Accreditation:

This course is accredited by the Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI) and graduates are eligible to enter onto the Veterinary Nurse Register of Ireland.

Course Details

Course Duration:
3 Years
CAO Course Code:
AL731
Cut Off CAO Points:
410
Median CAO Points:
450
Course Award:
Bachelor of Science
Course NFQ Level:
Level 7
Department:
Dept of Life & Physical Sciences
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Laboratory-based science subject at Grade H6 in higher level or 03 in ordinary level, plus four subjects at Grade 06 at ordinary level, to include Mathematics and a language (English or Irish). Mature applicants who apply via CAO and who are shortlisted will be required to sit an aptitude test. Based on these results, successful candidates will be interviewed.

QQI (FETAC):

Any relevant QQI level 5 qualification is acceptable. Applicants to this programme are required, however, to have the module Mathematics (5N1833) included in their award or alternatively have Leaving Certificate Mathematics, and Biology (5N2746) or alternatively have Leaving Certificate Science at O3.

Course Structure

Year 1

Biology, Practice Placement, Companion Animal Husbandry, Mathematics for Scientists, Chemistry, Introductory Veterinary Nursing, Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology.

Year 2

Veterinary Nursing Practice Placement, Veterinary Biochemistry, Large Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Pharmacology, Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Techniques, Diagnostic Imaging for Veterinary Nurses, General Microbiology, Veterinary Infection and Disease Control, Introduction to Surgical Nursing, Clinical Veterinary Nursing

Year 3

Surgical Nursing, Veterinary Anesthesia, Companion Animal Medical Nursing, Equine Medical Nursing, Animal Breeding and Genetics, Veterinary Bioanalysis, Practice Placement Portfolio, Practice Placement - Gurteen, Practice Placement - OSCE.

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

Currently, and for the foreseeable future, employment prospects for veterinary nurses are excellent. As well as providing the necessary scientific and nursing skills and understanding, this programme also uniquely provides you with the business skills that are essential for running and marketing a veterinary practice.

Work Placement

You will be required to spend two residential weeks at Gurteen College, Ballingarry, Roscrea, Co Tipperary during both first and second year of the degree programme. The cost of this week must be paid by the student (details of fees available from AIT).

Further Study

As a graduate you are eligible to apply for the BSc (Hons) in Applied Biosciences at AIT.

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