Veterinary Nursing

Progression from QQI-FET

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.

The Veterinary Nursing degree provides 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.

The study of Veterinary Nursing necessitates using animal-derived material in some classes. Any animal tissue used in classes is ethically sourced in full compliance with the University’s ethical review body. Individuals who object unreservedly to the use of animal material in teaching should not enter the Veterinary Nursing programme.

What awards are accepted?

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 major awards with Distinction (80% or better) in a minimum of 5 components:

CASLT/5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
CASAC/5M2768 Animal Care


What components are required?

The major award must include Distinction (80% or better) in the following components:

  C20006/5N2746 Biology
And C20139/5N1833 Mathematics

And a minimum of pass in the following components:

    C20153/5N0750 Animal Anatomy & Physiology
And Either B20145/5N1952 Information & Communication Systems
Or B20032/5N1358 Word Processing

Important note: Due to the competitive nature of the Veterinary Nursing programme, scores will only be calculated where the appropriate award is presented in a single sitting, together with all the required modules and grades.

How will I be assessed?

If there are more applicants than places, admission will be competitive amongst eligible applicants based on QQI-FET scoring.

All offers of a place are subject to UCD's Terms and Conditions of Offer.

All students must comply with the general regulations of the university