If you are looking for a supported career pathway as a veterinary nurse with a group passionate about developing their Associates to be the nurse you want to be, then look no further.

The future of the veterinary profession is at the heart of everything we do. We are all individuals, but shared values bring us together: a commitment to excellence and our passion to make A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.

We have a dedicated veterinary nursing central support team (VNCST) that works together to assist both individuals and nursing teams across our practices. Through the four pillars (Pre-registration Experience team, Post-registration Programme team, Professional Development team and the Field Nursing Managers) in the VNCST, providing support for veterinary nurses at all stages of their careers.

One of our main focuses for veterinary nursing at Linnaeus is professional development. We assist our ambitious veterinary nurses across our primary care and referral practices, providing every associate with the opportunity to achieve their full potential. We have developed a veterinary nursing career framework to build clear nursing structures and pathways to support nurse progression, utilisation, and career development. This has further expanded the career pathways available for our veterinary nurses to progress should they wish.

We also offer a multitude of professional development opportunities, including webinars, modular courses, or more in-depth programmes developed specifically for primary care or referral nurses in a particular discipline. We aim to create opportunities for our veterinary nurses to grow, creating a robust nursing population who can have lifelong careers.  

For more information on our veterinary nursing professional development opportunities, click here.

We're looking for passionate Registered Veterinary Nurses, Senior and Lead Nurses to join our growing practices at locations across the UK and Ireland. All roles come with many excellent benefits and so much more, including:

  • RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) and VDS (Veterinary Defence Society) fees paid
  • External CPD (Continuing Professional Development) funded
  • Extensive free online Linnaeus CPD programme
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Staff discount schemes
  • Enhanced sickness pay
  • Enhanced equal family leave

To view and find out more about our latest nursing opportunities across Linnaeus, click here.


Join our team...

Are you a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN), Senior or Lead Nurse looking for a new challenge?

Linnaeus has many opportunities to explore. Click here to discover the current nursing vacancies across our group or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Are you interested in becoming a veterinary nurse?

If you are considering a career in veterinary nursing, here are some tips to help get you started...

How can I become a Registered Veterinary Nurse?

There are two main routes, a vocational route through a Level 3 Veterinary Nursing diploma or a degree route through a university.


Those who prefer to complete on the job training may choose to go to college and work within practice whilst they complete their qualification (vocational route). The Level 3 Veterinary Nursing diploma can either be completed through day release, where you attend college one day a week alongside work. Or it can be completed as a block release where you spend a period of time learning the theory and then blocks of time working within practice. This route is also available as an apprenticeship, which gives you the opportunity to be paid whilst you study and your course fees funded.

If you're interested in the apprenticeship route, often the first step on this pathway is to look for a position as a Patient Care Assistant (PCA) where you can gain experience within a veterinary practice. These positions are offered within Linnaeus practices across the UK; find out more here. A PCA position may lead to a paid apprenticeship within that practice to complete your training as an SVN and gain your qualification as an RVN.

Certain entry requirements need to be met to allow you to complete the diploma. Currently, these are 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C (or 9-4), including English Language, Mathematics, and a science subject. If you do not meet these requirements, alternative qualifications may be accepted. It is always worth contacting the educational institutions (college) running the course to find out more.


The other route is the degree option. This is where you attend university, gain a degree and your Registered Veterinary Nursing qualification. You will spend periods of time learning the theory of veterinary nursing at university and then attend blocks of clinical placement within a veterinary practice. This option offers you the opportunity to experience university life and brings the potential to be taught by world-leading veterinary clinicians. Some universities run the veterinary nursing course alongside another discipline, such as companion animal behaviour or rehabilitation, providing you with another area of knowledge and opportunities to develop further qualifications within that additional area. You can explore the various courses by checking out the UCAS website.

Entry requirements vary depending on the university you are applying to. You can find information for each university course through the UCAS website above.

If you are looking for a fast-paced career where each day can be different, veterinary nursing could be for you!