Level 2 Certificate for Animal Nursing Assistant

The aim of this Level 2 Certificate in Animal Nursing Assistant course is to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge required to support qualified veterinary staff and prepare them for careers as animal nursing assistants in veterinary practices.

Course content
The Animal Nursing Assistant course is delivered on a day-release basis over one academic year. Individuals must also be working in a veterinary practice for a minimum of 21 hours per week for the duration of the course.

The course covers:

  • Basic practical management and reception skills;
  • Companion and exotic animal anatomy and physiology;
  • Maintenance of animal accommodation;
  • Principles of infection control;
  • The care of ill and injured animals within a veterinary practice;
  • The husbandry and welfare of domestic animals.

Progression opportunities and career destinations
Those who successfully complete the Animal Nursing Assistant course may be able to progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing course.

Entry Requirements

Applicants at the time of entry to the course must:

  • Have at least two Grade Cs or three Grade Ds including English and Mathematics;
  • Be at least 16 years or over;
  • Be employed or voluntary placement for at least 21 hours/week in a veterinary practice for the duration of the course.

Applicants who have previously completed a qualification will only be offered a place on a programme at the same level after all other applications have been considered. Further clarification on what constitutes progression is available by emailing enquiries@cafre.ac.uk

Individuals will incur fees to cover registration and training.

The name of this course may change in September 2020 which may result in minor changes to course content. No change is expected to entry requirements, duration or progression opportunities.

How to apply

To apply for this course, complete the Level 2 Veterinary Nursing Application Form.

Key staff

Siobhan Sheppard

Siobhan Sheppard

Senior Adviser (Agriculture) Agriculture, Veterinary Nursing,
Greenmount Campus