In response to the recognition and registration of veterinary nursing as a profession in Ireland, UCD offers a full-time four-year Level 8 Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Nursing) degree. The degree is designed to provide the graduate with not only a sound academic foundation, but also the practical skills and competencies with which to build a solid career as a professional veterinary nurse.
Veterinary Nursing students will spend years 1 and 2 on the university campus receiving a high-quality education through lectures, tutorials and practical classes covering all aspects of veterinary nursing. In years 3 and 4, students will engage in taught modules and also work placements within veterinary practices that are committed to veterinary nurse training. The curriculum for the degree reflects the demands on the Irish veterinary practice by incorporating teaching on small animal (including exotics), farm animal and equine nursing.
The Irish Veterinary Nursing Association (IVNA) is the body which represents veterinary nurses and veterinary support staff in Ireland. For more information, visit the IVNA website.
Entry to first year Veterinary Nursing (DN310) is available on a competitive basis to students who satisfy each of the following:
Pass in any one of the following QQI-FET Level 5 awards with distinctions (80% or better) in a minimum of 5 modules:
|CASLT or 5M3807||Laboratory Techniques|
|CASAC or 5M2768||Animal Care|
The award must include distinctions (80% or better) in the following modules:
|C20006 or 5N2746||Biology|
|AND||C20139 or 5N1833||Mathematics|
And a minimum of pass in the following modules:
|C20153 or 5N0750||Animal Anatomy & Physiology|
|AND||Either||B20145 or 5N1952||Information & Communication Systems|
|OR||B20032 or 5N1358||Word Processing|
If there are more applicants than places, it will be competitive amongst eligible applicants based on QQI-FET scoring.
Important Note: Due to the competitive nature of the Veterinary Nursing programmes, scores will only be calculated where the appropriate award is presented in a single sitting together with all the required modules and grades.