Lantra Awards Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing – Equine

Enrolments now being accepted


Next start date for the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing: Monday 26 September 2022

Induction study week 1:  26.09.22 – 28.09.22

Online studies start:  06.10.22 (Remote study days every Thursday)


This 2 year programme leads to a qualification that prepares veterinary nurses for professional registration on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Register of Veterinary Nurses.  Enrolment includes membership of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA).


Awarding Body Update

This qualification is accredited by Lantra.


Covid-19 Update

TOCES has continued to provide VN training throughout the Covid-19 pandemic via live and pre-recorded online webinars, which have proved very successful.  Study weeks have resumed at our new, purpose-built training facility which includes a spacious lecture and clinical skills teaching room enabling us to provide training in a safe and socially distanced setting.     With regard to accommodation whilst attending study weeks, we provide a list of local accommodation options.


Covid safety guidelines are provided and must be adhered to during study weeks.


The course will be delivered via:

  • One study day per week, delivered remotely via BigBlueButton (72 days in total)
  • Study days: Thursday each week, with breaks at Christmas, Easter and summer holidays (August)
  • Eight 3-day attended study weeks, held at TOCES
  • Live and pre-recorded online webinars and support sessions
  • Online tutorials and student monitoring sessions
  • Online learning materials and interactive activities


Programme Structure

This qualification comprises five core units:


Unit no.

Unit Title 
1 Veterinary nursing in practice (equine)
2 Application of veterinary nursing A incorporating laboratory diagnostics (equine)
3 Application of veterinary nursing B incorporating supply of medicines (equine)
4 Application of veterinary nursing C incorporating diagnostic imaging (equine)
5 Anaesthesia and theatre nursing (equine)


Required study hours per week

To be eligible for enrolment onto this programme students are required to complete 1800 hours of work experience within an approved Training Practice. The Training Practice must agree to provide the following to support their student through their qualification:

  • a safe working environment;
  • a minimum of three hours’ structured training per week – training provided by the student’s clinical coach targeted towards Nursing Progress Log (NPL) completion and/or preparation for the Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs);
  • reasonable access to their clinical coach on at least two days per week – the clinical coach should be available to work with their student in order to provide additional support alongside the structured training hours;
  • permission to attend planned TOCES study weeks, remote online  study days and tutorials.

*If a student is completing their training hours in practice in a part-time agreement, their independent study time during paid working hours should be provided on a pro-rata basis.

For further information regarding the responsibilities of the Training Practice and the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding with TOCES, please refer to the “Veterinary Nursing” tabs above.


Assessment Methods

  • One Lantra devised 4000 word assignment
  • Five Lantra devised multiple choice question examinations (MCQs)
  • Objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs)
  • Nursing Progress Log (NPL) including a Professional Behaviour Assessment

Course Accreditation

Academic level:

Further Education Level 3

Number of units/modules:


Study hours per unit:


Guided learning hours:


Course duration:

2 years

Total qualification time

4200 hours

Study week requirements:

7 x 3-day attended study weeks plus OSCE crammer and mocks

Aged 16 or above.

Minimum of five GCSEs at Grade A – C or 4 – 9. These must include English, at least one science subject and mathematics.

Where mathematics and English GCSEs are insufficient, Level 2 Functional Skills can be accepted.

Alternative qualifications of a comparable or higher standard may be accepted in lieu of the usual requirements.

Learners must have access to work experience in a veterinary practice which is an RCVS approved Training Practice (TP). This may be on the basis of paid employment or an unpaid placement and must amount to a minimum of 1800 hours over the course of the programme for a minimum of 15 hours per week. (Please note that the fewer hours spent in practice each week, the longer it will take to complete the course).

TOCES does not arrange placements for students.  For potential students not currently in practice, the RCVS list of equine TPs can be found here:

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Full Payment


  • Lantra registration: £210 payable on enrolment
  • RCVS Registration: As at September 2021 - £202 payable on enrolment
  • External examination fees payable upon entry - TBC
  • Additional fees apply for assessment resits

Pay as You Learn

£2,000 Initial Fee

  • 20 Monthly payments of £350
  • Lantra registration: £210 payable on enrolment
  • RCVS Registration: As at September 2021 - £202 payable on enrolment
  • External examination fees payable upon entry - TBC
  • Additional fees apply for assessment resits