Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 year Level 2 Full-Time Kirkley Hall Campus Full-time Vocational
September 1 year Level 2 Part-Time - Day Kirkley Hall Campus Full-time Vocational
September 1 year Level 2 Kirkley Hall Campus Full-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

This qualification is for students who are working or volunteering in a veterinary environment or wish to gain experience in the veterinary profession.

This qualification is designed to provide individuals with an opportunity to develop knowledge, understanding and practical skills relating to veterinary nursing, in preparation for further learning and a career in animal care or veterinary nursing, based within a veterinary practice.

If you are under 19 years, you will also be expected to attend a Level 2 Dog Grooming course to complete your hours in full-time education.

Applicants are required to have achieved GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above in Maths or English Language.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire You will need to provide your own stationery and you will be given the opportunity to take part in trips and visits.

Your progress will be assessed by a range of methods, including one online MCQ Exam and a number of assignments throughout the year.

GCSE Maths and English Language can be supported if you do not already have these qualifications.

You will be expected to attend 1 day per week on placement, preferably in a veterinary practice. This can be arranged within the first term if not already secured.

We have links with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the British Veterinary Nursing Association.


Full-time (Under 19 years)
Students are expected to attend college 2 days a week for theory and practical lessons. They will also attend a third day on campus gaining their Level 2 Dog Grooming qualification and zoo experience.

Students are encouraged to obtain a placement for 1 day a week, preferably within a veterinary practice, to develop valuable industry skills during the course.

Part-time (Over 19 years)
Students are expected to attend campus 1 day a week for theory and practical lessons.

They are also encouraged to obtain a placement for 1 day a week, preferably within a veterinary practice, to develop valuable industry skills during the course.

This qualification has been developed to enable learners seeking a specialised qualification in animal nursing with insufficient GCSEs to register as a student veterinary nurse. The qualification is held in high regard in veterinary practices.

The course targets:
- Non-qualified veterinary staff
- Mature learners
- Learners wishing to work with animals
- Those struggling to secure employment in an approved veterinary training practice

Learners will complete this qualification with a concrete understanding of the following:

- How to deliver basic treatments to animals, including cleaning and hygiene procedures, basic health care treatments, and other routine procedures
- How to maintain animal accommodation, including providing feed and water to animals
- The principles of infection control
- Introduction to animal anatomy and physiology
- Handling and restraint of animals
- Companion animal parasitology and zoonosis
- Provide nutrition to animals
- Principles of companion animal anaesthesia and fluid therapy
- Principles of animal nursing assistants

This qualification demonstrates the specialist knowledge and skills you have developed or will develop, such as animal handling and care in a veterinary environment, assisting with care in a veterinary environment and administrative duties in a veterinary environment.

You will develop skills in the work environment as well as during your college attendance.

You will learn, develop and practise the skills and knowledge required for employment and/or career progression in the veterinary industry.

Skills and Education Group Awards (SEG)

What’s next?

After completing the course, this qualification can help you to progress in your career as an animal nursing assistant.

Students can also choose to go to take the following related qualifications: Level 2 and 3 centre-based qualifications in animal care, or a Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.

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