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Veterinary Nursing Pre-entry Exam

This page is only for applicants who have been advised that they can complete an Exam in place of achieving the Biology Requirement for the Foundation Degree in Veterinary Nursing. 

Who can be considered?

The Exam will be offered to applicants who do not currently meet the entry criteria in relation to the Biology Academic requirement, but have a strong application overall and have already met (or have the potential to meet) all other entry requirements. 


In order to be considered, you will need to complete a 1-hour written examination, comprising a number of multiple choice questions and a couple of short answers questions. The examination will assess your underpinning knowledge of a broad range of basic biology and anatomy and physiology topics; these topics should have been studied by you recently or should be topics in your current qualification. Some of the content will have featured in your GCSE/Level 2 Biology lessons at high school or College.

The Pass Mark

In order to successfully use the results of the exam in place of the Biology Entry Criteria, you will need to achieve a Distinction grade in the exam. 


If you complete the exam and achieve a Distinction but don't meet another area of entry criteria (such as work experience) or if you wish to defer, you will be able to use the results from the exam in future years.

Additional Reading

We would recommend any Veterinary Nurse text book such as the BSAVA Textbook of Veterinary Nursing or Aspinall’s Textbook of Veterinary Nursing.


If you need any advice about the examination please contact:

Claire Bloor
01995 642339


Rebecca Gillett
01995 642366

If you need any advice examination please contact:Claire Bloor on 01995 642339or Rebecca Gillett on01995 642366 or