UK's first MSc Veterinary Nursing launched

Course will enhance value to nurses to their practices

The UK’s first clinical Masters course in veterinary nursing will be launched this autumn at Harper Adams University College - and prospective students are invited to apply now.  

“The MSc Veterinary Nursing is an exciting development for the profession. It will allow RVNs with an honours degree to move forward in their qualifications and enhance their value to a veterinary practice”, says course manager Erica Martin, from Harper Adams University College, which has a long history of successfully delivering veterinary nursing at degree, and more recently the Dip AVN level, accredited by the RCVS. 

The Masters course has been designed for veterinary nurses in full or part-time work, whether in teaching or in practice. It will be delivered via a blend of day visits to Harper Adams - with seminars, guest speakers and practical workshops where relevant – and supported distance learning.

Dr Martin adds: “The MSc also introduces the RVN to clinical research to improve the evidence base we should all be working from. The clinical element of the course is designed to deliver enhanced Veterinary Nursing skills, such as rehabilitation nursing, oncology, pain management, client support, behaviour problem management, which would be an asset to any companion animal veterinary practice.

“There will also be the opportunity to take individual modules as CPD or triads of modules to form a postgraduate certificate if the RVN wants to enhance skills in one particular area without committing to full MSc.”

Postgraduate Certificates include Veterinary Oncology Nursing, Veterinary Rehabilitation Therapy and Veterinary Nurse Practitioner.

RVNs who are graduates or those with Dip AVN or equivalent qualification will be eligible to apply for the MSc, which should normally take three years to complete. There will be six taught modules in the first two years and a research project in the final year – but the timing is flexible and the course could be spread over a longer period. The first intake will be in September 2012.

For more information visit or phone the postgraduate administrator for an application form, on 01952 815289


Jaclyn Green,
Corporate Communications Manager
Harper Adams University College,
TF10 8NB

01952 815291 (office)
07929 798561 (mobile)

Harper Adams University College is the UK's leading specialist provider of higher education for the rural and land-based industries. Our mission is to deliver higher education and research for the delivery of a sustainable food chain and rural economy. To see how Harper Adams can help you, visit 


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