The Open College of Equine Studies (TOCES) offers equine veterinary nurse training to UK and international students leading to the award of the Lantra Awards Level 3 Work Based Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Equine).
The 2-year Level 3 Equine Veterinary Nursing programme works well for busy practices, as student veterinary nurses (SVNs) can continue in full time employment while completing their studies through blended learning.
Weekly online study days are supported with attended study weeks held at TOCES’ purpose-built equine education centre near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. The new facilities provide a high-quality teaching and learning environment for clinical skills and objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) training.
SVNs must be employed or undertake a placement, paid or unpaid, for a minimum of 15 hours per week within an approved RCVS Training Practice (TP). As an approved RCVS centre, TOCES can arrange the approval process for UK and overseas practices.
Subject to meeting approval criteria, international veterinary practices can become TPs enabling overseas students to train for this globally respected qualification which entitles the holder to enter the RCVS Register of Veterinary Nurses and thus use the post-nominals ‘RVN’.
Veterinary practices may enrol their SVNs with TOCES if the practice is already a TP with another Primary Centre or they have other SVNs training with another college.
TOCES’ veterinary nursing team consists of experienced SVN advisors, lecturers, and tutors, all of whom have either worked, or are still working, in the equine veterinary nursing profession.
The combination of on-going tutor support, high-quality study materials, live remote teaching, pre-recorded webinars, and hands-on clinical skill and OSCE training at study weeks, has resulted in TOCES enjoying very high success rates which have been commended by the RCVS.
The SVNs’ clinical supervisors (formerly clinical coaches) are also supported to help throughout the completion of the SVNs’ nursing progress logs (NPLs).
The next start date for the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing is Monday 26 September 2022, with an induction study week from 26 to 28 September, followed by weekly online study days starting every Thursday from October 6.
Enrolment includes membership of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA).
To view the full range of courses offered by TOCES visit the website.