How to train a student nurse

Each student on the L3 Veterinary Nursing Diploma must have a clinical coach who will support them back in their approved training practice. If a practice has more than one student at a time, it is essential that they also have enough clinical coaches to support all their students.

To be a clinical coach you must be either a registered veterinary nurse or a veterinary surgeon. You must also have an up-to-date record of CPD, be willing to use your knowledge and experience for the benefit of the student, take an objective view of their needs and respect their confidentiality. Finally, you must bring enthusiasm to the role.

To become a clinical coach you need to undertake a one-day training course. We run clinical coach training that covers:

  • The requirements of a training practice
  • The role of the clinical coach
  • Tutorials and assessment planning
  • Making competency judgements
  • Best practice in assessment
  • Simulation
  • Standardisation
  • Using the Central Skills Log (CSL)
  • Supporting your student through the award