Work With Us

Student Nurses

Dick White Referrals (DWR) is one of the largest specialist multi-disciplinary veterinary referral centres in Europe, offering outstanding levels of clinical care in state-of-the-art facilities.

The Dick White Academy (DWA) is based on the Dick White Referral’s Campus – on the site of the largest private veterinary referral centre in the UK. Students have access to the specialist resources and equipment for which Dick White Referrals is renowned.

The Academy Principal, Ali Heywood, has over 25 years’ experience leading veterinary nurse training and her philosophy is that education and practice should work hand in hand for effective training.

All members of the teaching team at the Academy are Registered Veterinary Nurses and all Lecturers are highly experienced in their field, with a unique understanding of what is needed for each apprentice to be successful academically and in practice.

We currently deliver Level 2 Diploma Veterinary Care Support (VCS) and Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing courses.

The L2 VCS Apprenticeship is typically run over a one-year day release programme. The L3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing Apprenticeship is typically run over a 2.5-year day release programme.