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:
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