veterinary nursing courses ireland

Do you find yourself wanting to become a Veterinary Nurse? The problem is you don’t know which Veterinarian Nursing School has the right course for you. You’re sitting at your desk now and thinking about Veterinary Nursing only because you have nothing better to do. The clock ticks by slowly and makes you wonder if you will have time to finish your course as a distance learner.

Nursing refers to the care and assessment of patients , often in non-hospital settings such as nursing homes, schools, prisons and homes. Nurses assess patients’ health problems, history and injuries and work with other healthcare providers to provide preventative care, education and support aimed at improving a patient’s quality of life.

Veterinary nursing is an exciting, diverse and challenging career. It is a job that requires a person to have exceptional communication skills, empathy, logical quick thinking and problem-solving ability. Some of the daily tasks undertaken by a veterinary nurse in practice include the following:

  • Dispensing and administering of medication and fluid therapy
  • Performing laboratory diagnostic tests
  • Conducting diagnostic imaging
  • Assisting in the provision of anaesthetics
  • Preparing and assisting for/with veterinary surgical procedures
  • Nursing clinics

By undertaking AIT’s BSc in Veterinary Nursing programme, you will learn to nurse companion animals, equine and farm animals, leaving you well equipped for a broad range of veterinary nursing careers.

Currently, and for the foreseeable future, employment prospects for veterinary nurses in clinical practice are excellent. Graduates are eligible to register as veterinary nurses with the Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI) and work in veterinary practices carrying out all tasks applicable to veterinary nurses under current legislation. Registered graduates may work with veterinarians in small animal, equine or large animal practices assisting in the care of animals. Careers in veterinary pharmaceuticals, food and medical/surgical sales are another career option.


This programme is accredited by the Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI), the regulatory body governing veterinary medicine and veterinary nursing in Ireland, and graduates are eligible to enter onto the Register of Veterinary Nurses in Ireland – a requirement which must be met in order to work as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN).

The programme also has ACOVENE (Accreditation for Veterinary Nurse Education) accreditation. This accreditation is a pan-European quality assurance tool and makes it easier for students from accredited courses to find a job abroad.

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