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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09315: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 18 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how it supports apprenticeships in veterinary nursing.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 5 June 2017

There is no specific Modern Apprenticeship framework available for Veterinary Nursing. However, training is available through a variety of veterinary nursing courses at the Scottish Rural College and North Highland College. The latest figures available for Quarter 2 of this year show that there were 262 enrolments to those course.

Full details of these courses and how to apply are available on the individual Colleges’ websites.

Prior to Skills Development Scotland being established in 2008, LANTRA (Land-based, Aquaculture and Environmental Conservation Industries) delivered a Modern Apprenticeship, including a NVQ delivered by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, but both of these were withdrawn due to lack of uptake from employers and prospective students.