Can vet nurses become vets?Watch
I’m wondering if after getting a degree in veterinary nursing there’s any top up years or other pathways I could take in order to become a veterinary surgeon?
Doing the vet med degree is really the only pathway (there's no other route to qualifying as a vet surgeon).
Obviously things to bear in mind are funding (there's much less student finance available for people on their second degree) and the structure of the courses: both involve lots of content but with vet nursing you can learn a little more 'on-the-job' in some circumstances. For vet med, especially the earlier years, there's a lot of very heavy theory that sometimes is and sometimes isn't all that clinical. Also the different roles: vet surgeon compared to vet nurse, and their different responsibilities. The unis you apply to may ask what you understand the differences to be and how you will be suitable for the vet surgeon role.
That said, there's vet nurses who are on my vet med course, so if you really want it, it definitely is possible xx
I wish you the best of luck in whatever you choose!