What support must be provided to the student?

In addition to completing the distance learning material and attending study weeks, students are required to complete 1800 hours of practical training within an RCVS accredited 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 of structured training per week – training provided by the student’s clinical coach targeted towards Nursing Progress Log (NPL) completion or preparation for Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs).
  • A minimum of three hours of independent study time during paid working hours* – time allocated to the student for the completion of their distance learning material. In the event of busier periods where study may not be possible, it is expected that the opportunity will be given for the student to make up this time at a later date.
  • Reasonable access to their clinical skills 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 and online 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.

Please refer to the sample Memorandum of Understanding for full details of the Training Practice’s responsibilities.

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Veterinary Practices

TOCES is approved by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to provide veterinary nursing training programmes leading to registration on the RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses.  These courses are well established with proven success rates; TOCES has been commended by the RCVS for excellent results.

Our blended learning delivery mode meets the needs of busy practices and their teams

Expert Teaching Staff

TOCES’ teaching team consists of course advisors, lecturers and tutors, all of whom are expert industry professionals, with a wealth of knowledge in their field. Between them, members of the team hold a combination of PhDs, Master of Science degrees, Post-Graduate Certificates in Education, Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Science degrees, Veterinary Nursing diplomas and degrees and British Horse Society qualifications.