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.
You need one of the following:
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.
You will cover:
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.
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:
For former Derby College student Annie Dowell getting a job working with animals was inevitable.And, thanks in part to the practical work experience and the qualifications she gained on her Animal Care level 3 course; she now runs a boarding kennels.Annie first got to know Coppice Kennels and Cattery in Melbourne while at Derby College and later took a Saturday job there as a dog walker.After leaving College with a triple distinction she went on to take a dog grooming course at Broomfield and then worked at dog re-homing centres in Wales and Spain.In 2012 she took over the running of Coppice Kennels and is now responsible, with fiancé Matt for looking after 40 dogs, 15 cats as well as up to five foster dogs.Annie loved her time at College – especially the caring for wildlife part and gaining work experience at Twycross Zoo.
She said: "I loved absolutely every minute of my course and wish I could do it all again. I'm always recommending Broomfield to our dog walkers, who are young and keen to get into animal care."