Postgraduate taught 

Advanced Practice in Veterinary Nursing MSc/PgDip/PgCert: Online distance learning

Introduction to Veterinary Nursing Business Management VETMED5058

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Biodiversity One Health Vet Med
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will introduce students to core business concepts and the role that veterinary nurses play in the management of well performing businesses. Participants will learn skills that can be utilised in practice from a variety of areas, including strategy and application.


Students will access lecture materials at their own pace on Moodle. There will be online sessions with course staff (lectures and seminars) across Semester 3.

Excluded Courses





Part 1 - Undertake a business analysis using established models, make recommendations and a plan to implement this strategy (60%, 2000 words).

Part 2 - Design and deliver an audiovisual presentation to be used to train your team within a business management setting to take them through an identified problem and to arrive at an executable solution (30%).

Part 3 - Analyse and evaluate a practice financial statement (10%).


Course Aims

The course aims to introduce students to business management concepts and develop skills relevant to professionals within the veterinary industry. Students will:

■ Explore current theories and models of business management in relation to veterinary business. 

■ Evaluate how a registered veterinary nurse can use their knowledge to help manage a veterinary business through their input into marketing, finance, human resources and operations, as well as demonstrating leadership.


Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Assess a business's strategic direction by the use of SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) and PEST (political, economic, social, technological) model analysis.

■ Evaluate what an effective leadership and team dynamic is in relation to veterinary practice.

■ Design an effective strategic plan using established models which are appropriate for a veterinary business context.

■ Review veterinary practice financial data and perform a basic analysis of financial statements (e.g. balance sheet, profit/loss statement, cash flow projection).

■ Critically analyse key literature relating to the different aspects of business management studies and apply it to the veterinary industry.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.