• » Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing
    CAO Code  LY847
    LYIT internal code  
    Duration  3 Years
    Standard Code Places:  26
    FETAC Places:  2
    Mature Applicants Places:  2
    Foundation Places:  2
    National Framework Level  7
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from QQI
    Is this Programme for Me?
    The degree in Veterinary Nursing is a novel and exciting area for potential graduates. It is a multi-disciplined course providing learners with surgical, clinical and nursing skills alongside business skills to provide the practice with the required management/veterinary nursing skills that many practices are seeking in a veterinary nurse. The programme will also contribute to the academic and professional development of veterinary nurses so that they will make an enhanced contribution to the care of animals.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    • Minimum Points Score 160
    • Min. Five O6/H7, one of which must be a laboratory based science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics and Chemistry, Agricultural Science).
    • English or Irish O6/H7
    • Maths F2/O6/H7 
      QQI (FET)/CAS
    • Have obtained a full FETAC Level 5 Certificate in Animal Care (CASAC) 5M2768, including a distinction in C20006 or 5N2746 Biology Plus at least two further distinctions from the following modules, C20152 or 5N0753 Animal Welfare, C20153 or 5N0750 Animal Anatomy & Physiology, G20001 or 5N0690 Communications.
    Applicants from Northern Ireland must have a minimum of 1 GCE A level at grade E or better and 4 other passes at GCSE ‘O’ level grade C or better to include Maths, English and a science based subject.
    What will I have to study?
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     1/1  Introduction to Nursing Mandatory  5  8
     Communications and Research Skills Mandatory  5  6
     Animal Husbandry, Nutrition and Welfare Mandatory  10  10
     Work Placement 1 – Theory Mandatory  -  1
     Work Placement 1 – Practical Mandatory  10  30 per week (6 weeks)
     1/2  Biological & Bioveterinary Science Mandatory  5  6
     Veterinary Nursing 1 Mandatory  10  10
     Surgical Nursing and Theatre Practice Mandatory  5  6
     Work Placement 2 – Theory Mandatory  -  1
     Work Placement 2 – Practical Mandatory  10  30 per week (6 weeks)
     2/3  Exotic and Wildlife Nursing Mandatory  5  5
     Veterinary Nursing 2 Mandatory  10  12
     Professional, Regulatory and Ethical Studies Mandatory  5  5
     Work Placement 3 – Theory Mandatory  -  1
     Work Placement 3 – Practical Mandatory  10  30 per week (6 weeks)
     2/4  Veterinary Nursing 3 Mandatory  10  10
     Veterinary Practice Management Mandatory  10  10
     Work Placement 4 – Theory Mandatory  -  1
     Work Placement 4 – Practical  Mandatory  10  30 per week (6 weeks)
     3/5  Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Therapy Mandatory  5  5
     Veterinary Nursing 4 Mandatory  10  10
     Emergency and Critical Care Nursing Mandatory  5  5
     Work Placement 5 – Theory Mandatory  -  1
     Work Placement 5 – Practical  Mandatory  10  30 per week (6 weeks)
     3/6  Pharmacy and Stock Management Mandatory  5  5
     Veterinary Nursing 5 Mandatory  5  5
     Professional Practice Skills Mandatory  10  8
     Work Placement 6 – Theory Mandatory  -  1
     Work Placement 6 – Practical Mandatory  10  30 per week (6 weeks
    Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this programme the learner will be able to:
    • Monitor and maintain health, safety and security in the workplace;
    • Communicate effectively with colleagues, supervisors, managers and clients;
    • Prepare an extended report in suitable academic writing style and defend findings orally;
    • Understand the role of the nurse in patient care and the provision of basic care;
    • Assist in the preparation of patients for medical procedures and assist the veterinary surgeon during same;
    • Demonstrate a comprehension of the statutory and ethical aspects of a veterinary practice;
    • Demonstrate an understanding of prioritizing treatment of the most critically injured in trauma patients;
    • Dispense medication according to the veterinary direction and maintain appropriate records of the transaction;
    • Prepare diagnostic imaging equipment and materials;
    • Maintain and prepare surgical environments, equipment and materials for surgical procedures;
    • Assist in administering and maintaining anaesthetics to animals;
    • Support and offer advice to clients during the provision of veterinary services.
    Work Placement
    Learners will have two 6 week placements each semester. These placements will be in practices in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Please note that with respect to the placement students can be placed in a veterinary practice anywhere in the country Learners will spend at least 500 hours of the total work placement over the 3 years in veterinary practices that are Veterinary Council of Ireland registered veterinary clinics and/or registered veterinary hospitals or equivalent. Travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the learner.
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Progression on this course will comply with standard regulations and procedures. It is anticipated that on successful completion learners will, for the most part, go directly into practice as Veterinary Nurses. Others may wish to progress to BSc (Hons.) programmes in a relevant science discipline in Ireland or abroad.
    Under the Veterinary Practice Act the Veterinary Council of Ireland is the current authority for Veterinary Nurses. However there is provision within the Act for the establishment of a Veterinary Nursing Council (possibly within the next couple of years) and this will allow for this Council to examine progression routes and speciality courses for veterinary Nurses.
    Career Opportunities
    Currently and for the foreseeable future employment prospects for veterinary nurses are good.
    Veterinary Council of Ireland
    The Institute obtained full-accreditation of this course from the Veterinary Council of Ireland in July 2011.
    This course begins in September each year. How to Apply
    • Contact: Dr. Joanne Gallagher, Head of Department of Science, Letterkenny Institute of Technology
    • E- Mail: joanne.gallagher@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6302