Hello, and welcome to our College!

If you are looking to further your career by studying for your Diploma in Veterinary Nursing or Veterinary Nursing Assistant Diploma, our approach and commitment to you will ensure you are ready to succeed and reach your full potential. We’re extremely proud of our high pass rates, which are consistently and significantly higher than the national average.

We’re delighted to welcome applications to study from all prospective students ahead of our various intakes throughout the year. You’ll benefit from teaching by our team of experienced lecturers, Internal Quality Assessors (IQAs), examiners and practice RVNs. In addition, our hybrid learning approach combines on-site teaching with e-learning or distance learning, enabling your course to fit in with the demands and rigours of working and studying at the same time.


Goddard Veterinary Nursing College
Claygate House
Manor Road
Woodford Green
8:30am - 5:00pm
8:30am - 5:00pm
8:30am - 5:00pm
8:30am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 2:30pm
Bank Holidays


Your learning environment

Our courses are flexible, which allows teaching to take place remotely, with weekly or less frequent on-site sessions depending on the course you choose. This hybrid approach to learning means that students can better balance studying and working at the same time, meaning less time in a formal teaching environment, less time travelling to college and more time e-learning or distance learning.

On-site classes – Our on-site classes are limited to small groups to ensure that you receive individual attention in a supportive, reassuring and friendly environment.

E-learning – We use the Microsoft Teams education platform which provides a variety of interactive applications, access to your own college email address, use of Office 365 and a communication channel to your peers and tutors.

Practice visits – We aim to visit your practice at least twice a year to spend time with both you and your clinical coach. One of our teaching team will visit your practice to support and reinforce your practical skills, give you direction with your nursing progress log and discuss your ongoing learning and development with your practice colleagues.



First opened in 2005, the College is on the London/Essex border and benefits from:

  • A purpose-built training facility with interactive presentation technology.
  • A large library and a wide range of teaching resources.
  • Access to state-of-the-art veterinary hospital facilities nearby including:
    • Advanced Certificate and Diploma Holders.
    • CT, EO and Endoscopy services.
    • Digital radiography.
  • A dedicated kitchen and lunch area.
  • A comfortable breakout area to relax in during breaks.
  • An large grassed outdoor picnic area for student use.



Teaching approach

Our teaching staff are all qualified tutors with significant industry experience and are overseen by the College Head of Centre, who is responsible for overall standards and teaching performance. Staff knowledge is matched with both individual learner and group needs when planning teaching programmes, and we firmly believe in the benefits of reinforcing theory with real-life practical examples.

You’ll benefit from a learning styles assessment when you join, to help us tailor-make and support your progression throughout the course as an individual. As a College, we are inspected by Ofsted, as well as more regularly by external quality assessors, and our expectations of learners are set out in formal policies and protocols.

Meet the Team

Our Nursing College team is dedicated to training the next generation of Veterinary Nurses and Veterinary Care Assistants.

Emma Eve-Raw

Training Manager and Head of Centre

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Claire Digby-Maloney

VN Diploma Academic Lead

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Emily Gardiner-Warren

Lecturer and Correspondence Coordinator

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Samantha Thompson

Lead Training and Correspondence Coordinator

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Heather Cutmore

VNA Academic Diploma Lead

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Natalie Blake

Lead IQA and Funding Administrator

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Vicki Nielsen

Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead

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Jesle Varu RVN

Registered Veterinary Nurse & Training Coordinator

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Rebecca Hagreen RVN

Veterinary Nurse Lecturer

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Denise Chambers RVN

Training Coordinator

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