Cornwall College

FdSc Veterinary Nursing

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • CORC1013C Personal and Employability Skills Development

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

    • CORR119 Maintaining Animal Health (Veterinary Nursing)

    • CORR120 Essential Veterinary Nursing Skills (Veterinary Nursing)

    • CORR126 Functional Anatomy

      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.

    • CORR129 Application of Veterinary Nursing Care

      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.

    • CORR140 Introduction to Animal Behaviour

      This module is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the theories of animal behaviour and knowledge of behavioural research. Students are expected to undertake a small behavioural survey as part of the module assessment along with a theory test.

    • CORR142 Care and Rehabilitation

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

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • CORR2000 Research Project

    • CORR2011 Animal Nutrition

      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.

    • CORR214 Diagnostic Methods

      This modules covers the principles and practice of radiography and other diagnostic imaging modalities, laboratory equipment and safe working practice and the interpretation of diagnostic test results.

    • CORR215 Theatre Practice and Anaesthesia

      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.

    • CORR221 Pharmacy

      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.

    • CORR222 Current Practice in Veterinary Nursing

      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.

    • CORR223 Large Animal Health and Disease

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

    • CORR224 Veterinary Placement

      This module involves a 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. There will also be a requirement to demonstrate the ability to carry out a range of practical tasks.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • CORR128 Veterinary Work Experience

    • CORR2000B Research Project

      The opportunity to carry out an individual piece of research or survey work, with the support of teaching staff. The module commences with a series of sessions covering project design and appropriate data analysis techniques.

    • CORR2042 Veterinary Placement

      This module involves a 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. There will also be a requirement to demonstrate the ability to carry out a range of practical tasks.

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.

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 Plymouth University at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

*Your progression route application must be submitted by 28th November 2016.

Our partnership with Cornwall College

Plymouth University 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 Plymouth University. 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 Partners 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. 

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