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Veterinary Nursing interview information and guidance

Congratulations! You've been shortlisted for an interview

This is an opportunity for us to find out about you and your journey so far. Remember that there are no trick questions and we'll try our best to make you feel comfortable and at ease.

  • What to submit

    You will be required to submit the following clear scanned documents on an online platform:

    • Original academic certificates - GCSE/'O' level, 'A' Level and/or any other equivalent certificates already achieved
    • References - Veterinary Practice and animal work experience

    Your work experience reference letter should be in the following format to maximise your success:

    • On headed paper and signed and dated by the referee
    • Include the dates you worked there and number of hours completed
    • Include a brief synopsis of your duties
    • If a veterinary practice work experience reference, signed by a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) or Veterinary Surgeon (MRCVS).
    • Original birth certificate
    • Original passport photo page and/or UK Driving Licence photo page/card
  • Work experience during the COVID-19 pandemic

    In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, a holistic approach will be taken in relation to applications for the 2022/23 academic year.

    We realise that it is significantly harder to gain work experience in veterinary practice due to COVID-19 restrictions, however we recommend that you provide some level of veterinary practice as experience as it will greatly assist with your application.

    In addition to veterinary practice work experience, the following types of wok experience are also really useful for your application and future career:

    • Kennels/catteries
    • Zoos
    • Rescue centres (small and large animal, wildlife, reptile)
    • Equestrian centres/equine yards/riding schools
    • Farms/city farms
    • Pet shops
    • Dog groomers
    • Dog day care/pet sitting/dog walking
    • Care work with humans
    • Customer focussed work experience

    There are also online veterinary work experience courses that you can take part in, if you are struggling to find work experience placements in the veterinary sector.

Preparing for the interview

Online interview

You should expect your online interview to take up to an hour.

Please bring along your current passport, EU ID or a Driving Licence photo card.

Prepare a presentation

In preparation for your interview, please prepare a short presentation on the following scenario. The presentation can be in a format of your choice (e.g. PowerPoint, Prezi, verbal, written) and should be no longer than 5 minutes.


A client presents their 10 week old kitten to the veterinary surgeon as her leg is very sore and she is not eating. The veterinary surgeon advises the client that the leg is fractured; there are several options in terms of treatment:

  • The leg can be repaired surgically, although there will be some risk involved in terms of healing which could lead to amputation of the limb. This is the most expensive option

  • The other option is amputation of the limb as a first line of treatment. It is very likely that it will heal well and the kitten will go on to live a normal life. The amputation option will also be cheaper than a surgical repair.

Having considered the options the client asks the veterinary surgeon to euthanase the kitten; it will be the cheapest and easiest option for them.

Are there any other options for this patient?

In order to prepare for this task you may wish to review some animal charity websites and also The Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nurses/Veterinary Surgeons.

On campus interview

The on campus interview will consist of some tasks and professional discussions in small groups. you do not need to prepare anything for the interview but the following links will be useful to view before you attend:

How we'll assess you at the interview

Your knowledge

  • Demonstration of your knowledge and understanding of the role of a  Registered Veterinary Nurse
  • Experience of caring for animals and challenges for personnel providing this care in veterinary practice
  • Awareness of a Registered Veterinary Nurse’s role and responsibilities in the field

Your outlook

  • Evidence of appropriate personal awareness, empathy and caring approach

Your skills and qualities

  • Clear and coherent communication skills
  • Good time management skills
  • Knowledge of, and coping strategies for the challenges of the programme
  • Knowledge of advantages and disadvantages of working in teams
  • Able to carry out practical tasks with accuracy and efficiency

Further reading

We highly recommend you read the following material for additional information and guidance given by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) relating to recruitment for veterinary nursing programmes:

After your interview

After you have been successful at your interview, you will be required to do an Online Test.

BKSB Online Testing

The online initial assignment is designed to evaluate the level at which you are currently working in English and Maths, at the end of each assessment the system will provide you with confirmation of the result that will also be available to us.

You should ensure that you exercise due diligence in completing these tests to achieve the best result to demonstrate your ability.

Please read our assessment guide for more information.

Outcome of your interview and test

We aim to contact you within seven working days to inform you of the outcome of your interview and test. If you are successful we will update your UCAS track record with your offer and the conditions you need to meet. You will also receive an email from us if you have been successful.

Studying at Middlesex University and the College of Animal Welfare

Learn more about the BSc Veterinary Nursing at Middlesex University

This undergraduate course has been jointly developed, delivered and assessed by Middlesex University and The College of Animal Welfare and is the first of its kind in Europe. It offers a unique opportunity to study a degree in veterinary nursing and has direct accredited status by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)

Watch our video as Claire Defries takes you through what you can expect on this amazing course.

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