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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

To be an effective veterinary care assistant you must be passionate about animals and good with people - because supporting the veterinary team can involve a significant amount of client care in addition to the actual hands-on nursing of animals.

You must be dedicated to your work and prepared to undertake all the tasks and general duties associated with the smooth running of the veterinary practice.

As part of this apprenticeship, all learners must complete a minimum of 600 hours in a veterinary environment.  Please note that the veterinary practice does not need to be an RCVS training practice.

Entry requirements

You need one of the following:

  • Introductory Diploma in a related subject, or
  • Three GCSEs at grade D or above

You should also have a standard of English and maths equivalent to Functional Skills Level 1.

If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject. Applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths, and must present an example of current work.

Course Content

You will cover:

  • Principles and Practices of Animal Handling and Care in the Veterinary Environment
  • Principles and Practices of Assisting with Veterinary Care in the Veterinary Environment
  • Principles and Practices of Administrative Duties in the Veterinary Care Environment

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through completion of written and practical assignments, together with short answer and multiple choice question tests. You may also provide witness statements and RPL. There is no external examination.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No

What can I do after this course?

After you have achieved this qualification, you could look for employment as a veterinary care assistant in a veterinary practice, if you are not already in such a role. 

 Alternatively, you may wish to consider the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing 
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications

 

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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Steph Lovely

Steph Lovely

Hands-on Broomfield course helps Steph target Bachelors

Animal management student Steph Lovely has returned to Derby College Broomfield Hall because of the unique combination of work-based learning and academic studies on the study programme.
Steph (25) is completing the first of two years on her Level Five course and is planning to stay on for a third year to work towards a Bachelors qualification.
Steph said she was initially concerned about funding but found she was eligible for student finance which enabled her to pursue her studies.
Previously she has taken two courses at Broomfield – a first diploma in horse care and a national diploma in horse management.
She worked with horses for a few years before deciding to switch direction while still working with animals.
Now she is aiming to go on to become a veterinary nurse or RSPCA foster carer.

Steph said: The course is really hands-on and that's what I wanted. It's going really well. I'm getting better grades than I expected, with merits and distinctions. It will be a stepping stone for the future."

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