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BSc (Hons) in Advanced Veterinary Nursing

Course Points
Course Duration
1 - 2 years
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
18 Places
Course Start Date
This programme will commence the week of 20th September 2021.

Three great reasons to consider this course

  • Improve your leadership skills and ability to evaluate work practices and deliver improved patient care.
  • Build a strong foundation in research skills applicable to both evidence-based clinical care and postgraduate study.
  • Build expertise in critical care veterinary nursing, advanced laboratory diagnostics and disease control strategies in shelter or production animal populations.

Course Summary

This add-on BSc (Honours) in advanced veterinary nursing programme is open to graduates of accredited level 7 qualifications in Veterinary Nursing and can be accessed on either a full time or part time basis. The aim of this programme is to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills and attributes to pursue extended or advanced veterinary nursing roles, such as critical care, laboratory diagnostics, management and leadership, or to undertake research in the field.

Important notice about this course

This programme will commence the week of 20th September 2021.

This is a Level 8 add-on in advanced veterinary nursing for holders of a Level 7 degree in veterinary nursing. It consists of 60 credits and includes research-based as well as clinical modules. The programme is available on a full time (1 year) or part time (2 year) basis. There is no work placement component, rather students will attend the DkIT campus for lectures and practical classes, plus some field trips. 

Semester 1:

    • Research Methods
    • Veterinary Research Project (year-long) 
    • Clinical Governance and Evidence-Based Veterinary Care
    • Canine and Feline Shelter Medicine (Elective)
    • Herd Health & Biosecurity (Elective)


Semester 2:

    • Veterinary Research Project (year-long)
    • Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nursing
    • Advanced Veterinary Laboratory Techniques
    • Veterinary Leadership

The programme will develop the knowledge, skills and competence of qualified veterinary nurses and allow them to work in both specialised and extended roles in both veterinary practices and animal shelter facilities.  Graduates will be able to pursue a career related to advanced practice such as referral nurse, head nurse, practice manager, educator or researcher.  


The programme also provides a platform for graduates to move into the field of research with the potential to continue studying towards a research Masters or PhD award.


Applicants should have a Level 7 Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing, which is a registrable qualification with the Veterinary Council of Ireland. If the programme is over-subscribed, preference will be given to DkIT graduates and candidates will be selected by ranking credit-weighted average award marks.  

International applicants must meet the minimum academic entry requirements for the programme in addition to providing evidence of proficiency in English. The English requirements are as follows:

Grade B2 equivalent on CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)


IELTS 6.0 (or Internationally-recognised equivalent).


Applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements and have a cognate level 6 qualification with relevant experience may apply for entry through the Institute’s RPL procedures.  


Dr Breda Brennan (Head of Department for Agriculture, Food and Animal Health)
Phone: +353 42 93 70206

Course ID DK_NAVET_8
Course Type Add On
Study Mode Full-Time or Part-Time
Level 8
Duration 1 - 2 years
Starting Date This programme will commence the week of 20th September 2021.
School School of Health & Science
Department Agriculture, Food and Animal Health
Credits 60
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
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How to Apply

Applications for the B.Sc. (Honours) in Advanced Veterinary Nursing can be made by completing the add-on degree application form and sending it to 

Download Application Form (.pdf)

This programme will commence the week of 20th September 2021.