Central College of Animal Studies was established in 2005, by practising veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses looking to educate, train and develop veterinary and allied professionals working within the veterinary environment. Our aim is the same today as it was then. The College offers undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD training programmes in veterinary medicine and nursing. Our central tenet is that to continually improve animal welfare and deliver an excellent professional service, it is essential that the skills, expertise and professional values acquired over a lifetime of care be passed from one generation to the next.

Benefits of training with us

  • We work with you to secure a placement in practice
  • Local centres mean that we bring the college to you
  • Our flexible full-time programme allows you to earn while you learn
  • Small class sizes offer high levels of student support.

Earn while you learn

There are many training options available to prospective students wishing to be Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs). The full-time programme is very popular as we work with you to secure a placement in practice as part of our training programme. Owing to the location of our centres, local students do not need to relocate and seek alternative accommodation, as they would for university. The flexible nature of the course means students are also able to maintain their existing employment on a part time basis, enabling them to earn while they learn. Maintaining employment while studying, combined with not having to pay for university accommodation, reduces student overheads, making the full-time training route with Central College a more cost effective path. By earning while you learn, it is possible to graduate debt free!


Our veterinary nursing courses are accredited by Central Qualifications (CQ). Graduates of our Veterinary Nursing course will be able to apply to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) to become Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVN). The requirements for gaining the RCVS Veterinary Nursing Licence to Practice are written into the course content, ensuring our students not only have the skills and knowledge to practice, but they also understand the professionally recognised standards set by the Veterinary Nurses Council.