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Veterinary Nursing

Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants

Kirkley Hall Campus
Course Code:
Awarding Body:

NPTC Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants (QCF) Level 2

Start Date:
10 September

Who is the course for?

This Qualification is for learners who are working or volunteering in a veterinary environment / or wish to gain experience in a Veterinary environment. You may or may not have some relevant knowledge and skills, usually from a role where you've been supervised.

It can be used as a stepping stone award, if you are requiring a pathway into veterinary nursing for professional registration to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Register of Veterinary Nurses.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

You will need to fulfil the following entry requirements: 4 x GCSEs Grade D or above to include English and Maths and a Science/ or equivalent qualifications at Level 2 at the discretion of Head of Centre

Important information: To begin on this award you must have a secured placement in a Veterinary Practice environment who can provide a minimum of 600hrs work experience

This will include working 3 days a week 9.00am - 5.00pm or equivalent), please ensure you are prepared for these working hours

What will I study on the course?

This qualification demonstrates the specialist knowledge and skills you have developed, or will develop such as:

- animal handling and care in a veterinary environment

- assisting with care in a veterinary environment

- Administrative duties in a veterinary environment.

You will learn on the job in the work environment, as well as during your college attendance of 1 day per week.

You will learn, develop and practise the skills and knowledge required for employment and/or career progression in the Veterinary Industry

The course runs over 1 year.

Consisting of 1 day per week in college and practical education in a Veterinary Practice for 3 days per week

Your progress will be assessed by a range of methods including:

MCQ, Assignments, Short Examinations, Practical Observations

16-18yr olds should be working toward a level 2 C/4+ grade in Maths and English if not achieved on enrolment. There is opportunity for others to upskill to C/4+ grades if progression to Veterinary Nursing is desired this will be outside of the classroom delivery day

NPTC Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants (QCF) Level 2

After completing the course:

These qualifications can help you to progress in your career as a Veterinary Care Assistant.

Learners can also choose to go to take the following related qualifications:

- City and Guilds Level 2 and 3 centre-based qualifications in Animal Care (0074)

- City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.

From this further education you can progress directly into employment within the Veterinary Nursing Sector. You could also progress onto other higher level qualifications within the sector: RCVS Veterinary Nursing Degree/top up qualifications

The qualification is recognised by employers.

Further information can be found on the City and Guilds website and within the qualification handbook:

https://www.cityandguilds.com/qualifications-and-apprenticeships/land-based-services/animal-management/0448-veterinary-care-assistants tab=information



Many of our learners study for free with a Fee Waiver when they are in receipt of qualifying benefits or studying a first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and meet age restrictions or are aged between 16-18.

If you are not entitled to a Fee Waiver, you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help with paying your course fees, or if you are aged over 19 and planning to study at Level 3 or 4 and have not previously studied at Level 3 or above you will be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan that covers the costs of your tuition fees. The loan will not cover the cost of any examination / registration fees and these will need to be paid for separately, or you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help cover the cost.

All learners may also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email helphub@northland.ac.uk.

How can I apply for this course?

Apply online by clicking here and registering, alternatively please contact our Help Hub on 01670 841 200, email helphub@northland.ac.uk or drop in to one of our open events.

Alternatively, if this is the course for you please click Book and Enrol Now – please note this option is only available for certain courses.

Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here http://www.northumberland.ac.uk/events/

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