Veterinary Care Assistant Level 2 Diploma SCQF 5 City and Guilds

What is special about this course?

This City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma (SCQF Level 5) qualification suits those who have a desire to work with animals and want to train to provide care to animals in a veterinary care environment under the direction and supervision of a veterinary surgeon. It is designed to provide practical competence and knowledge for the role of veterinary care assistant. The classroom element of this course is taught online with expert tuition from our experienced RVNs and Veterinary Surgeons.

This Level 2 qualification is designed for those keen to work in a career where they are providing care to animals in a veterinary care environment, under the direction and supervision of Veterinary staff. 

Entry requirements

  • Applicants should be at least 16 years of age, with a reasonably high standard of physical
  • A proven interest in a veterinary environment and evidence of 10 days work experience in veterinary practice
  • Evidence of communication/English, IT and numeracy skills at SCQF Level 4. (A stand alone
    core skill qualification in these at level 4 is not a suitable entry qualification). Other relevant
    qualifications at level 4 or above, may also be considered
  • Satisfactory interview
  • A firm offer of a practice placement or evidence of actively seeking a practice placement
  • Mature students or adult returners will be considered for entry on an individual basis and are encouraged to apply
  • Principles and practices of animal handling and care in the veterinary environment
  • Principles and practices of assisting with care in the veterinary environment
  • Principles and practices of administrative duties in the veterinary environment
  • Development of IT, maths/numeracy and communication/literacy skills

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Work based
  • Online

Placement and online

How long will my course last?

28 Weeks

7 weeks of taught classes
21 weeks in practice placement

Where can I study my course?

    • Work Based
    • Employers Premises

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What can I do on completion of my course?

  • Students may progress onto the Lantra Award level 3 work-based Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (small animal) (successful completion of this qualification means you can become registered as a qualified veterinary nurse)

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