Nurse Training feature

Nurse Training

We receive many letters each year with requests for nurse training placements, sadly the information given by some colleges means that potential student nurses are obtaining their college placement prior to having their work placement.

At Axe Valley we employ our potential nursing students as a Nursing Assistant for at least 12 months prior to them applying for a college placement. We feel this gives our students an advantage.

  • Firstly it gives them a grounding in how veterinary practice works and the role of the veterinary nurse within practice prior to attending college. This knowledge gives the student a better understanding of the theory when they begin their Level 3 Diploma training.
  • This year also gives the student the time to settle into the practice routine and forge a working relationship with their future training Mentor and other members of the clinical team who will assist the Mentor with their training. Should the student find that their chosen practice is not the right learning environment for them, it gives them a chance to find a more suitable training placement.
  • Once the student completes their training then they will gain full time employment with our practice.

A list of approved training centres can be found on the the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) website

We currently have a 4 year waiting list for people to start their veterinary nurse training with us.


What is involved in the Level 3 Diploma Training?

Students wishing to attend the Level 3 diploma need to be dedicated and focused to be able to achieve the goal of becoming a Registered Veterinary Nurse. At Axe Valley all our students attend Bridgwater College's Cannington Centre on day release for a two year period for their theory training, whilst practical tasks are assessed "in house" by their Mentor. In addition the college runs one full week at the college for additional theory training.

The college training is very intensive covering many areas of nursing including anatomy, infection control, surgical and medical nursing, anaesthesia and radiography. The student will be expected to complete an online log of evidence for their competency assessments, and various written assignments.

At the end of the first year the student will need to have completed a percentage of their Nursing Progress Log (NPL) and sit the exam at a designated centre. Once the student has passed the examination they will be able to move on to the second year of training. At the end of the second year the student will have two examinations to complete, a written examination and practical examination, Both must be passed before the student can apply to have their name included on the register of nurses.

More information can be found from the BVNARCVSCannington College  or Norton Radstock websites.

For all requests for training placements please send a hand written covering letter with your CV to:


Mrs Claire Gough RVN
Practice Administrator
Axe Valley Veterinary Practice Ltd
Redmans Hill
BS28 4NG