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  • Veterinary Nursing students

There are two routes to becoming qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN): vocational (college) training or higher education (university degree) qualification. Both routes lead to registration as a veterinary nurse with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). More information can be found here.

We are currently accepting applications from degree student veterinary nurses at Chapel House Vets– here’s some more information about what a placement might look like for you at our practice.

Degree student nurses experience  

We are happy to take on student veterinary nurses from all stages.

Opportunities available for student nurses and working hours 

We proactively train our students in line with their current learning stage, with years 1 and 2 working early shifts (0800-1630) to allow them time to complete any studies. During their third year, once they have displayed a high level of willingness to learn and take the initiative, they will be working alongside other RVNs on the full-time nursing rota. In year 3, the students are encouraged to "take the lead" with an RVN for supervision.

What we expect from our student nurses and what they can expect in return 

Students will experience all areas of the practice in line with their learning stage. We expect a certain level of proactiveness to accomplish their NPL requirements and also expect students to ask questions and be involved with patient care conversations. In return our students will receive support from a Clinical Supervisor, coaching, mentoring and training support tailored to the individual stage of learning.

Travel and accommodation

Our Chesterfield (Hady Hill) site will be where our students will take on their training. It has limited separate staff parking, but it is only a short walk from the town centre, which has ample public transport links.

For more information on degree student veterinary nursing placements at Chapel House Vets, please call or email the practice and ask to speak to the Nurse Training Lead, or alternatively email our Pre-registration Experience Management team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..