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:
Going to Derby College to study animal management is, says higher education student Lauren Cooper, one of the best decisions she has ever made. Lauren, who took her level three qualifications with the College, is now on a higher education animal management course. She hopes to work in a zoo or in canine rehabilitation in the future. Although she has always loved animals, Lauren hadn't realised such learning opportunities were available to her when she first left school with GCSEs. That all changed though after she went along to an open day at Broomfield Hall with her sister Natasha – a Derby College floristry student. As a then 24 year old with a young child, Lauren discovered that she qualified for free tuition on the level 3 animal care course, bursary help with her travel expenses and a free on-site nursery place for son Zander. Lauren, who has two lurchers and a lizard named Scott at home, particularly relishes the hands-on elements of her HNC course – especially handling more unusual species such as porcupines and skunks. Supportive tutors and family fun days which 'tractor mad' Zander loves, are also among other great aspects of studying at Broomfield Hall.
She said: "Taking the decision to come to Broomfield Hall was a no brainer.
"I loved everything about the level 3 course and I'm really enjoying the higher education course I'm on now. I hope my experience will be an inspiration to other people who have a passion for learning how to look after animals."