CVS’ Chester Veterinary Training Centre exceeds national pass rates and attains OFSTED Good grading

12th January 2023

Veterinary Nursing Centre now ranks in top six in UK

CVS’ Nurse Training Centre in Chester has exceeded national average ‘first time pass rates’ in almost all veterinary nursing modules, according to the latest VetSkill data.

The Centre has also been categorised Good by OFSTED, following its first full inspection conducted in November 2022. In addition, the facility has recently been ranked Excellent by employers as an apprentice provider on the government apprentice service.

Compiled every year, VetSkill audits externally verify ‘first time pass rates’ for student nurse college modules in England. In VetSkills’ latest results[1], it found that Chester Veterinary Training Centre (CVTC) had exceeded the national average ‘first time pass rates’ in 7 out of 8 of the MCQ exams modules. In four of the modules, CVTC was found to have a 100% ‘first time pass rate’. On average half of the student veterinary nurses at CVTC also achieved distinction for their module.

Established in 2009, CVTC specialises in training Student Nurses (SVNs) and Patient Care Assistants. The centre offers apprenticeships in level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing and the level 2 Certificate in Veterinary Care Support, along with Level 5 Advanced Veterinary Nursing[2] (Consulting Nurse) and OSCE Practical Revision Days. It holds both RCVS and Vetskill approved statuses.

The centre currently has 66 students registered on courses, including a cohort of 27 Level 2 students that started the online course in November 2022. To date the centre has trained around 200 students on their journey to become Registered Veterinary Nurses.

CVTC’s teaching staff are all industry professional veterinary nurses with a significant number of years’ experience in first opinion, referral nursing, locum nursing, head nursing, practice management and behaviour. In August 2022 the centre moved to a brand new premises which offers a dedicated spacious and comfortable learning environment with Smart Board technology.

Jackie Evans, Head of Chester Veterinary Training Centre, said: “We set out to offer the best training, led by experienced tutors and with some of the best facilities. And we’ve worked really hard to deliver it, since being accepted onto the Register of Training Providers in 2019. So it is fantastic that we have received our good grading by OFSTED and our students are achieving these brilliant pass rates as a result.”

Applications are now open for a new cohort of student veterinary nurses and patient care assistants at Chester Veterinary Nursing College to start in March 2023. To apply for a place please visit Chester Veterinary Training Centre (chestervtc.co.uk)

[1] for the 2020-21 academic year

[2] due to start in 2023