The application process for the BSc Veterinary Nursing (D313) programme is outlined below. 


You should apply via UCAS online. The UCAS course code for the four year BSc Veterinary Nursing programme is D313The Royal Veterinary College's Institution Code is RVET R84. You do not have to use a campus code.

Deadline: 15 January (18.00 GMT) for the following September's entry. Do apply earlier if you can, especially if you have international qualifications as it can take some time to check whether these meet our minimum requirements.

Given the oversubscribed nature of the course and the requirement to attend an interview, we are not able to consider late applications. Please be aware that Veterinary Nursing is an alternative career to Veterinary Medicine and applications which express a clear preference for Veterinary Medicine may be looked upon unfavourably. Please contact if you have any queries.

Work Experience

All applicants who apply through UCAS will be sent a Work Experience Form by email to complete and return. This is your opportunity to provide us with more information about your work experience placements. Applications will not be assessed until the form is returned.

Applicants successful in getting to interview will be required to provide written references to support the information given on the Work Experience Form. A good reference should clearly state the dates of the placement and how many hours' work were completed, as well as telling us what sort of tasks you undertook, what your attitude was to your duties, and what your communication skills were like with staff and the public/clients.


The RVC does not offer any places on our BSc Veterinary Nursing course without an interview. Interviews mostly take place in February at our Hawkshead campus. Invitations to interview are sent by email around 2-3 weeks before the interview date. Once issued, applicants are required to respond to their interview invitation by email within 5 days.

The RVC runs multi mini interviews involving different stations as well as a group exercise. Interviews will be made up of applicants to both the BSc and FdSc courses. Once an interview date has been allocated it may not be possible to rearrange so applicants must ensure they are available for interview before applying and inform us by email of any specific days when they are unavailable.

Applicants invited to interview will be required to bring the following documents with them on the day for verification purposes:

  • Passport (or other valid photo ID)
  • Work experience references
  • Qualification certificates (GCSEs etc.)

Admissions calendar

Early September Applications can be submitted through the UCAS website.

15 January (18.00 GMT)

Deadline for submitting your application to UCAS, but do submit it earlier if you can, especially if you have non-traditional or international qualifications as we may require extra time to check that you meet the minimum requirements.

January - February

Selected candidates will be invited for interview, which is compulsory, at our Hawkshead campus. If you are selected for interview, you will have to demonstrate a clear understanding of the role of the veterinary nurse within the veterinary profession, and a genuine enthusiasm for the course. You will also get the opportunity to find out more about the course and what the RVC has to offer.


Interviewed applicants find out whether or not their application has been successful through UCAS Track.

June Accommodation information sent to all applicants who have accepted offers as Firm, or who are still to respond.
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