Turn your passion into a career

Find your future in Veterinary

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If you love animals and would like a rewarding, practical and challenging career, training as a veterinary nurse or veterinary care assistant could be the ideal career for you. Our courses offer a combination of college-based study at our purpose-built Veterinary Nursing facility at our Rural Studies Centre alongside work placement in veterinary practices across Scotland.

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Why study with us...

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Our friendly and approachable lecturers have over 18 years of combined experience delivering veterinary nursing courses. Students can expect to study through a blended learning approach, with lots of interactive lessons with guest lecturers and practical tasks, field trips to the Exotic Animal Rescue Centre and the SSSPCA, as well as opportunities to observe industry practitioners such as animal dentists, physiotherapists and farriers. You will benefit from small class sizes and learn in fully equipped and modern practical training suites including theatre, kennels, preparation room, isolation area and consultation room. 

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Student Case Study

“Studying the level 3 veterinary nursing course at North Highland College UHI was the best way to start my career in the veterinary industry. It had a great balance of practical and theory learning while still providing holiday time so that I could work to earn money, unlike other courses that require students to complete practice placements during college holidays. Since graduating I have gone to work in The Gambia for a year with cats, dogs, equines and wildlife and my qualification is now taking me to Thailand. Studying with NHC has opened many doors and created great career opportunities and I would recommend it to anyone who dreams of working with animals." Megan Macleod, Veterinary Nursing Graduate

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