The application process for the FdSc Veterinary Nursing (D310) programme is outlined below. 


You should apply via UCAS online - go to the UCAS website for further information. The UCAS course code for the three year FdSc Veterinary Nursing programme is D310. The Royal Veterinary College's Institution Code is R84. You do not have to use a campus code.

The deadline is 15th 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.

Work Experience

Applicants who demonstrate in their UCAS application that they satisfy our preliminary requirements 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. 

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 how long the placement lasted, 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.

If you would prefer to give your referee a Work Experience Evaluation Form to complete, rather than ask for a letter-style reference, feel free to use the forms below (or use them to get an idea of the sort of information we are looking for):


The RVC does not offer any places on our FdSc Veterinary Nursing course without an interview. Interviews 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 working 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 it is important that you state clearly on your UCAS application any dates that you may be 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.)

RCVS enrolment

The RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) is the professional and awarding body for veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses in the UK. When enrolling with us, our Veterinary Nursing students will also have to register as a Student Veterinary Nurse with the RCVS, including payment of a registration fee by cheque. Further information on this will be sent to successful students prior to enrolment.

Admissions calendar

15th October Deadline for submitting your application to UCAS if also applying for entry into veterinary medicine degrees. Please be aware that Veterinary Nursing is an alternative career to Veterinary Medicine and is not normally a suitable first degree for graduate entry to Veterinary Medicine. Please contact if you have any queries.
15th January (18.00 GMT)

Standard 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 of the professional body (the RCVS).

January - February

Selected candidates will be invited for interview, which is compulsory, at our Hawkshead campus in mid-February. 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.

Note: If you have alternative or international qualifications we may require extra time to check that you meet the minimum requirements of the professional body (the RCVS).


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.
To see all the opportunities that are available for you to visit/meet the RVC visit:

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