Level 2 Diploma
Veterinary Care Assistants
This introductory course is excellent preparation for the Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing – the qualification you’ll need to become a fully qualified veterinary nurse. It’s a well-recognised qualification in its own right, even if you don’t progress to Level 3.
This course could help you get a job working in a veterinary practice as a nursing assistant or within animal welfare and rescue, boarding kennels and catteries, pet stores or grooming parlours.
Level 2 placements
We will endeavour to assist you in finding a suitable placement however, as we do not actively place students we encourage you to find your own. Once you have a confirmed offer of a placement please ask the practice to notify the Veterinary Nursing team by emailing email@example.com
Securing a placement
For some useful tips on finding a placement read our 20 step guide to securing a veterinary practice placement here.
What will I study?
- Animal handling and care in the veterinary environment
- Assisting with care in the veterinary environment
- Administrative duties in the veterinary care environment
How long will it take?
- 1 year, full-time
What qualifications do I need to start?
- GCSEs at grade D/3 or above in English Language and Maths, and C/4 or above in Science
- Entry exam success
- Letter of confirmation or email from the veterinary practice to confirm the placement. During the course you will then complete 600 hours of work experience supported by the Vet Nursing Department
What qualifications will I gain?
- Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants
- Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications
Course options after this programme
- You can progress on to the Level 3 in Veterinary Nursing
- You can progress on to the Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma or Certificate in Animal Management
- Veterinary care assistant in a practice or with an animal charity
Level 2 Vet Care Assistants 2022
Job title: Veterinary Care Assistant with Sanderson Vets, Heswall
Next step: Veterinary Nursing Apprenticeship
Ambition: Registered Veterinary Nurse
“I’ve always wanted to become a veterinary nurse and I started my career path at Reaseheath as soon as I left school. I’d already had a couple of months’ experience at a practice so I settled in quickly and really enjoyed my course.
“I think the Level 2 course gives you a good base because you learn in clinical surroundings but without the pressure of a working practice. The lecturers are really supportive and will explain anything you don’t understand.
“I completed my work experience at a vet practice and was offered a full-time job there once I’d finished my course. I work busy shifts, but I really enjoy it because you’re helping animals and their owners.”