Cornwall College

FdSc Veterinary Nursing

The Cornwall College Group offers a wide range of undergraduate programmes across eight campuses throughout Cornwall and Devon, including Bicton College, Cornwall College, Duchy College and Falmouth Marine School. We offer specialist courses designed with employers and delivered by industry professionals. During your studies you will get the opportunity to work on live projects and start your career before you even graduate.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Personal and Employability Skills Development (CORC1013C)

      This module is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop themselves in terms of their personal and employability skills.

    • Care and Rehabilitation (CORR142)

      This module enables the student to gain a sound understanding of domestic animal and wildlife rescue, the rehabilitation process, and the legislation involved.

    • Maintaining Animal Health (CORR173)

    • Functional Anatomy (CORR178)

      The anatomy and physiology of small mammals and commonly kept non-mammalian vertebrates is vital knowledge for any animal treatment. This module examines the structure of cells, tissues, skeleton, nervous system, sense organs, respiratory, gustatory, excretory and reproductive systems in detail with a focus on the treatment of disease/injury

    • Application of Veterinary Nursing Care (CORR179)

      This module will outline the principles of nursing care from planning to evaluation, in a wide range of pathological states. It will enable the student to be proactive in both in-patient and out-patient care and to understand the need for a systematic but flexible approach to patient care.

    • Introduction to Animal Behaviour (CORR180)

      This module is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the theories of animal behaviour and knowledge of behavioural research, alongside some understanding of the practical application of theory to practice.

    • Essential Veterinary Nursing Skills (CORR181)

      This module provides necessary knowledge for students to be able to understand nursing care and management of patients in context of; first aid; administration of medications; provision of safe environment; veterinary equipment; hygiene; working practice and relationships.

  • Year 2

  • Core modules

    • Diagnostic Methods (CORR2039)

    • Theatre Practice and Anaesthesia (CORR2045)

      This module covers the operation of anaesthetic equipment such as the anaesthetic machine; the preparation and process of aseptic procedures and the use of anaesthetic circuits, the identification and care of a range of surgical equipment and the maintenance of a sterile environment.

    • Veterinary Dispensing and Medicine (CORR2046)

      This module will cover pharmacology and pharmaceutics, enabling the student to effectively manage a veterinary pharmacy and to understand the legal and practical principles of prescribing and supplying drugs.

    • Animal Nutrition (CORR2048)

      This module introduces the student to the biochemistry of nutritionally important chemicals and their role within the body. Comparative nutritional requirements are investigated and an outline of the clinical aspects of nutrition is assessed via a presentation.

    • Current Practice in Veterinary Nursing (CORR222)

      This module encourages students to read the veterinary periodical press and discusses progress within the fields of medicine and surgery. All species will be covered. Emerging diagnostic techniques and current disease levels will be indicated. The module will also cover current ethical and legal issues.

    • Large Animal Health and Disease (CORR223)

      This module introduces students to the epidemiology, aetiology, pathogenesis, pathology, diagnostic aids and treatments for diseases affecting cattle, sheep, pigs and equidae.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Research Project (CORD2078)

    • Veterinary Work Experience (CORR1001)

      This module involves a practical approach to employment in the veterinary sector of the industry; a requirement for a number of days of employment within the industry and the production of an NPL/portfolio that will enable students to progress toward qualified VN status

    • Veterinary Placement (CORR2047)

      This module involves a reflective practical approach to employment in the veterinary sector of the industry; a requirement for a number of days employment within the industry at one or more placements will aid the understanding of how the industry operates and advance future employment prospects.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply
All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with Cornwall College
The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Cornwall College

Looking to study a specialist subject at university level? Want to do it in one of the most beautiful places in the world? Our wide range of courses gives you the chance to pick up the skills and experience you’ll need for your chosen profession.
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