For vet nurses who want to extend their knowledge and build their nursing skills in small animal emergency & critical care.

The UK's first emergency and critical care qualification for veterinary nurses, launched by Vets Now and City & Guilds

This qualification has been designed for veterinary nurses who have an interest in extending their knowledge and understanding of small animal emergency and critical care nursing. The course is accredited by City & Guilds and is an educational qualification at level 4.

Easily accessible and delivered entirely online, the Cert VN ECC builds on your existing nursing skills and knowledge. It’s open to all RCVS registered veterinary nurses and our international colleagues who have a similar accredited qualification.

It will also provide a new route for veterinary nurses to develop their skills in emergency medicine and provide enhanced patient care.  Online enrolments for the next intake of the small animal Cert VN ECC for April and October 2020 are open now.  Once you have read the course information please go to the how to apply section.

Already enrolled? Access our e-learning portal here.

CPD hours

You can claim a total of 54 CPD hours upon completion of this course (three hours per outcome). A CPD certificate will be provided on successful completion of the final assessments along with your official City & Guilds certification. These are the approved hours for the course itself.

Individual webinars are also available throughout the course, either as live or recorded sessions, and CPD hours can be claimed accordingly for these.

Recommended study time

Suggested study time is around 10 to 15 hours per week. However, this is not a requirement — it can be more or less than this depending on how you work best. A lot of students tell us that they spent more time than this overall, but everyone works differently, and some units may take longer than others.

Approximate length of completion for the course is 18 months (including the final examinations).

Student forum
There is a student forum on our e-learning platform for each student cohort. You can chat to other students, raise questions or discuss your assignments. Tutor feedback is also available via the forum.

Course completion
Students who successfully complete the course and pass all three final assessments will be presented with the award of CertVNECC, receive official certification from City & Guilds and a badge commemorating your award. Please click on the link above for more information on the final assessments.



Hear from existing students why you should consider the Cert VN ECC

Hear from the 2017 Bursary award winner Julii Elliott on her Cert VN ECC journey, what she took from it and why she would recommend any veterinary nurse in general, or emergency practice should complete the course.

Cheryl Marriot tells VN Times that completing the Cert VN ECC qualification massively improved her confidence as a Vet Nurse working in ECC.

Hear from other students about what they have gained from achieving the Cert VN ECC and why they would urge others to do it. Find out more in the download section below.

Case studies from previous students