Our Level 2 Animal Nursing Assistants is ideal should your GCSE results not be what you expected, with the option to progress to our Level 3 Veterinary Nursing Diploma. This one year course will give you the basic knowledge and skills needed to work as an Animal Nursing Assistant in a veterinary practice.
During the course you will learn the practical skills and the underpinning knowledge for all aspects of work in an assisting role within a veterinary practice, including animal handling and care of in-patients such as feeding and exercising. It will also include client interaction and administrative duties.
As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work Experience and/or an Industry Placement. For more details please click here.
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You would like to work as a veterinary nurse but do not meet the entry requirements to go straight onto the Veterinary Nursing Diploma Level 3.
One GCSE at grade 5 in either English or maths and a further three GCSEs at grade 3 or above. A work experience placement of 1 - 2 days per week in a veterinary practice is also necessary.
During this one-year course you will learn the practical skills and the underpinning knowledge for all aspects of work in an assisting role within a veterinary practice including animal handling and care, assisting with care and administrative duties in the veterinary environment. You will also undertake at least one day a week work experience in a veterinary practice.
A blend of classroom theory and work experience at least one day per week in a veterinary practice.
Learning about animal nursing hands-on.
Continue your studies with our Veterinary Nursing Diploma Level 3 or go into employment. This course is a helpful step into a career as a veterinary nurse.
Careers in this industry
- Veterinary nurse
- Pet nutritionist
- Pet behaviourist
- Veterinary physiotherapist
- Pharmaceutical representative
Toni Cobbett Head Nurse - St Clement Veterinary Clinic
After completing an animal management course Cornwall College Newquay, Toni started work at Gover Valley Kennels. She then approached St Clement Veterinary Clinic to pursue a career as a veterinary nurse. Having secured the necessary training placement, Toni completed her course at Duchy College Rosewarne. Toni now uses her experience to train new students in her position as head nurse at St Clement.
“I am now a registered veterinary nurse full-time at St Clement
Veterinary Clinic and work out of three practices. I really enjoyed the
course at Duchy College Rosewarne as it was very hands-on rather than
being stuck in a classroom and learning from a book."
Claire Kent PROGRAMME MANAGER VETERINARY NURSING
Claire has over 30 years’ experience of working in the veterinary industry, qualifying as a veterinary nurse in 1992. She has worked for the College for over 15 years, initially also working as a head
nurse in a veterinary practice. Claire runs a smallholding in her spare time and also fosters for local cat and hedgehog charities.
“I am really proud of our hard-working, dedicated and professional veterinary nursing students who go out into industry with unique and valuable skills.”
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.