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Bristol University's BSc in Veterinary Nursing and Companion Animal Behaviour tops the Guardian University Guide 2024!
14th September 2023

Fantastic news from the University of Bristol! Their BSc in Veterinary Nursing and Companion Animal Behaviour has been rated No.1 in the UK in the Guardian University guide 2024! The course is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and validated by CCAB Certification Limited as fulfilling the academic requirements for accreditation as a CCAB. 

The University will next year celebrate 25 years running Veterinary Nursing programmes. The Veterinary Nursing with Companion Animal Behaviour BSc began in 2018.

Programme Director Gemma Irwin-Porter said: “As a team we’ve worked incredibly hard to develop this bespoke Veterinary Nursing programme, which is combined with an accredited behaviour element.

“It’s fantastic to see that hard work resulting in a really positive student experience and some inspiring graduate destinations."

For information about other CCAB Certification Ltd Validated courses, please see here.

CCAB Certification Ltd. re-launched
19th April 2023

We are pleased to announce the relaunch of our independent CCAB accreditation organisation under the new name of CCAB Certification Ltd. (formerly operating as ASAB (Accreditation) Ltd.). 

Maintenance of the current CCAB register, assessment of future CCABs and validation of courses as meeting the knowledge and understanding required for CCAB will now all be managed by CCAB Certification Ltd. Current requirements and standards are unchanged. 


Clinical animal behaviour is a relatively new and rapidly developing field, and we believe that practitioners should have the cognitive, analytical and evaluation skills required to critically assess both research and practice. CCAB Certification Ltd. will therefore continue to be committed to supporting those applicants who would like to meet the agreed theoretical knowledge required for a CAB via formal academic study, and to ensuring that accreditation by us and the post nominal CCAB is clearly a reflection the holder has achieved this. We also remain committed to enabling applicants to meet the theoretical knowledge required via formal academic study taken outside of our validated courses using our mapping process. 


Until recently, applicants who met the CCAB standard were able to apply for inclusion on the ABTC CAB register via the practitioner organisation of their choice by virtue of ASAB Accreditation’s role as an ABTC Assessment Organisation (AO). In order to remain as an ABTC AO changes would have had to be made to the standard and methods of CCAB Assessment. After much consideration, it has been decided that the CCAB assessment process will remain unchanged. In order to protect the CCAB standard, we have therefore decided not to pursue ABTC AO membership. Following extensive negotiation, the ABTC have confirmed to us that current CCABs who are members of a practitioner organisation will remain on the ABTC register (subject to meeting all their renewal requirements) and that they do not want any applicant who is part way through their CCAB journey to be disadvantaged. Individuals seeking guidance on their individual situation are advised to approach the ABTC directly. 

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