BSc in Veterinary Nursing

Course Points
397
Course Duration
3 Years
Course Level
Level 7
Course Places
30 Places

Course Summary

This three-year, Level 7 degree programme will provide the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to work as a professional Veterinary Nurse in Irish and European veterinary practices. Graduates will have knowledge of and skills in animal biology, veterinary nursing, laboratory analysis, office management and customer care. All relevant practical competencies will be covered in relation to dogs, cats, horses, farm animals and exotic species.

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This three-year, Level 7 degree course in vet nursing provides students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to work as a professional Veterinary Nurse in Irish and European veterinary practices. Graduates will have knowledge of and skills in animal biology, veterinary nursing, laboratory analysis, office management and customer care.

This course is fully accredited by the Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI), enabling graduates to register with them and practice veterinary nursing in Ireland. It is also accredited by ACOVENE (Accreditation Committee for Veterinary Nurse Education) which means that the qualification is recognised in all EU member states. In addition, the course is recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), thereby allowing graduates to practice veterinary nursing in the UK and Northern Ireland.

All relevant practical competencies will be covered in relation to dogs, cats, horses, farm animals and exotic species. Students are required to complete a work placement in veterinary practice in each year of the course. The course lecturers and work placement office will assist in organising this but students are responsible for making transport and accommodation arrangements etc. where necessary.

You will also be required to spend a residential week in the Spring of first year at Teagasc Ballyhaise Agricultural College, Cavan. The cost of this week must be paid by the student (details of fees will be provided by DkIT to first year students).

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Graduates from this course will mainly find employment in large animal, companion animal, equine and mixed veterinary clinics and hospitals. Opportunities will also exist in animal welfare facilities, kennel premises and veterinary product businesses.

Please find information on fees and funding here: www.dkit.ie/fees

Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements:

Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate including:

  • A minimum H5 or better Grade in Biology or Agriculture
  • AND Mathematics Grade F2, O6 or H7
  • AND English Grade O6 or H7 OR Irish Grade O6 or H7

Northern Ireland/UK Entry Requirements:

Applicants must meet the matriculation requirement of 6 different subjects which must include: 

  • Minimum Grade C in A Level Biology OR Agricultural Science
  • Mathematics at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
  • English (or Irish) at GCSE (Grade A* - C) or better
  • Two subjects at either:
        • ‘A Level’ (Grade A* - C)
        • AND/OR Applied A-Level (Grade A* - C)
        • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction).
        • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma) (Grade Merit or Distinction)
        • OR BTEC National Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
        • OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (Grade min: MM)
        • OR BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma (Grade min: MMP)
  • The remaining subjects must be different from that presented above and may be drawn from recognised subjects at:
        • GCSE (Grade A* - C)
        • AND/OR AS Level’ (Grades A - E)
        • AND/OR A-level’ (Grades A* - E)
        • AND/OR Applied ‘A-level’ (Grade A* - E)
        • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
        • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
  • And a minimum score of 300 points

Dr Arjan van Rossum (Head of Department of Applied Sciences)
Phone: +353 429370200 Ext 2620
Email: arjan.vanrossum@dkit.ie

Doireann Dowling (Lecturer in Veterinary Nursing)
Phone: +353 429370200 Ext 2509
Email: doireann.dowling@dkit.ie

Karen Dunne (Lecturer in Veterinary Nursing, Department of Applied Sciences)
Phone: +353 429370200 Ext 2841
Email: karen.dunne@dkit.ie

Applicants from Northern Ireland 

Northern Irish applicants are welcome to apply for the course.  

For further details and information on how to convert UK qualifications (GCSEs, A levels, Applied A levels, BTEC National level 3 or OCR Cambridge Technical level 3) to CAO entry points please see:

NI / UK Applicants 

You may also contact the DkIT Admissions Office directly by emailing:

E: admissions@dkit.ie 

Please note that as well as meeting the level 7 (ordinary degree) matriculation requirements, the B.Sc. in Veterinary Nursing also requires applicants to have a minimum grade C in A level Biology or Agricultural Science.    

DkIT hold Open Days in late October annually. It's an opportunity for potential applicants to visit the campus and meet staff and current students.

For details please see the DkIT website:

DKIT Website

Course ID DK784
Level 7
Duration 3 Years
Points 397
Places 30
School School of Health & Science
Department Applied Sciences
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
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How to Apply

All applications for this course must be made directly to the CAO by using the course ID
DK784.

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Northern Ireland & UK

Applicants from Northern Ireland/UK must also apply through CAO. Find out more information about
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