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New in-house college for veterinary nurses

Monday, October 12, 2015

Highcroft Veterinary Group now has an in-house training college for student veterinary nurses.

In association with the Central College of Animal Studies (CCOAS), Highcroft Veterinary Hospital in Whitchurch is now one of the only practices in the South West to have the facility to teach students, as well as accept those on placement from other institutions.

Under this new scheme, approved by Central Qualifications (CQ), Highcroft currently has five new students studying for the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. The college operates like an apprentice scheme where students are employed as working veterinary nurses four days a week, with one day a week in a classroom - all under one roof.

The course is being taught by two of Highcroft’s qualified nurses, Laura Curtis and Steph Griffin. The five students are employed at different branches across the group, including Whitchurch, Longwell Green and Midsomer Norton.

Laura Curtis explains: “We are very excited to be one of the first in-house training colleges for veterinary nurses in the region. Highcroft is a large veterinary group across Bristol, Bath and Somerset and employs around 60 qualified veterinary nurses, so to be able to train our own students from day one is a fantastic opportunity.”

The Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing is a three year long work-based course and is open to both school leavers and adult learners. The CCOAS has three other training colleges in Suffolk and Kent, all within working veterinary practices.

Laura continues: “An in-house college provides a consistent learning experience for the students. It allows us to ensure that the skills and knowledge they obtain throughout the course are on par with the high standards we expect across the group.

Highcroft’s first enrolment of veterinary nursing students began their studies at the Whitchurch based hospital this September.

Veterinary nursing student, Jodie Matthews adds: “Having such a small class means that you get more of a one-on-one learning experience. Also, having a working hospital just downstairs is hugely beneficial. You have full access to the advanced facilities and the added experience of working within a specialist referral centre, which includes some of the best veterinary surgeons in the country.”

Highcroft will be able to enrol up to 10 veterinary nursing students each year and will be accepting new applications for the college in early 2016. Although currently only teaching student nurses employed by Highcroft Veterinary Group, the practice will eventually be opening up the college to students from other local practices too.

For more information, or if you would like to apply to the college, please contact Central College of Animal Studies by calling 01359 243405 or emailing enquiries@ccoas.org.uk.


Molly Thompson commented on 18-Jan-2017 05:02 PM
How do I apply for a place on this course?
Highcroft Vet commented on 19-Jan-2017 02:42 PM
Hi Molly,
Please contact Laura.Curtis@highcroftvet.co.uk for further information.
Kind regards,
Elaine Sheppard commented on 10-Apr-2017 10:04 PM

When will you be taking on new students for this course?

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