Taught course

Advanced Practice in Veterinary Nursing

University of Glasgow · College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

In order to complete the programme, previous clinical experience is essential as a significant proportion of the content is directly related to practice. However, veterinary nurses who are not currently employed in clinical practice but employed in a related discipline, for example education or practice management, are eligible.

Full details of entry requirements can be found on the website.

Months of entry


Course content

This is the first fully online postgraduate qualification designed specifically for RVNs currently being delivered in Scotland. Providing a framework for postgraduate study, you have the opportunity to advance your knowledge, improve research skills, and practice evidence-based veterinary nursing. The part-time online nature of the programme is ideally suited to individuals who are in full-time employment or have other personal commitments.

  • Specifically designed to support the delivery of quality care, evidence-based learning and best practice techniques.
  • Devised by experts from different fields of veterinary nursing and the wider veterinary industry, this means the planning and delivery of courses remains current, relevant and valuable to you, especially when it comes to furthering your career.
  • Experience a range of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, tutorials, work-based learning and project work through our online learning platform.
  • Tailor the subject of many of your assessments and final dissertation to disciplines or specialisms relevant and interesting to you.
  • The PG Certificate is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Upon graduation from the programme, RCVS Registered Veterinary Nurses who have pre-enrolled with the RCVS will be able to use the CertAVN post nominal. Further information can be found on the RCVS website at Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Nursing.
  • 2021 winner of the Knowledge Award Champion for teaching quality improvement to Veterinary Nurses both in practice and education.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions