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Veterinary Support Assistant course

£459.00 £370.00

You could look to get a job as either a veterinary care assistant or animal nursing assistant. You would also be eligible to apply to vet practices, kennels, animal charities, even wildlife establishments to provide assistance and support. Potential earnings in these roles can be up to £40,000+*pa.

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“10/10 course. enjoyed it so much, exciting and the nursing has given me the opportunity to get my dream job :) thanks” Rebecca S

 

This course will be suitable for someone who helps at a veterinary practice on a part-time or spare-time basis and who is interested in animal welfare generally, perhaps wanting to make a career in veterinary practice; or if you simply caring for your own pets.

About Our Veterinary Support Assistant Course

Our course provides an interesting and rewarding means of acquiring the necessary knowledge to become proficient in basic aspects of animal care and welfare in the context of veterinary nursing. The course comprises 6 modules including veterinary terminology, anatomy/physiology, animal handling, diagnosis, disease and operation care

What are my options after the course?

You could look to get a job as either a veterinary care assistant or animal nursing assistant. You would also be eligible to apply to vet practices, kennels, animal charities, even wildlife establishments to provide assistance and support. Potential earnings in these roles can be up to £40,000+*pa. If you wish to advance your career further and take on additional responsibility in the future you might continue your training with a veterinary nurse course or even go on to take a university degree in veterinary nursing or surgery. This could open up more challenging and interesting opportunities such as working in zoos and parks, or doing research in labs, universities etc; perhaps even work in a pharmaceutical related area.

*Source: Payscale.com, Oct. 2012

 

Module 1: The Roles of Members of the Veterinary Team

Roles and responsibilities of Veterinary Surgeons.
Roles of the Veterinary Nurse.
Roles of the Student Veterinary Nurse.
Essentials of the legal system.
Individual character and conscience.
Module 2: Anatomy and Physiology of Dogs and Cats

Animal cell structure and cell function.
Basic structure and function of the nervous system.
The endocrine system.
The digestive system.
The urinary system.
The respiratory system.
The cardiovascular system.
The circulatory system.
Module 3: Health and Safety Within The Veterinary Practice

Principles of health and safety.
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995.
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002.
Hazardous Waste Regulations, 2005.
Manual Handling Regulations, 1992.
Module 4: Infection Control in the Veterinary Practice

The role of infection in animal and human health.
Principles of disease transmission in veterinary practice.
How to maintain a clean clinical environment.
Main groups of disinfectants.
Module 5: Veterinary Nursing Support of Diagnostic Techniques

Running a laboratory in a veterinary practice.
Emergency procedures.
General safety measures.
How to collect and prepare urine, faecal and blood samples.
How to carry out common laboratory tests.
Test results.
Module 6: Understanding Veterinary Pharmacy

Principles of pharmacy stock management.
The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
Principles of safe dispensing.
Medication terms used in Pharmacology.
Absorption rate.
Drug formulations.

Level 3 Veterinary Support Assistant Award

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Level 3 ABC Award Certificate.

What Are Your Study Options?

The Distance Education Academy aims to provide flexible, convenient arrangements for our students, so you can study through using the Traditional paper-based method.
Home study through provides quick access to course material and enables you to submit question papers to your tutor, and receive feedback and results, through your personal online student account. The online system also gives access to course material instantly.
Study Hours
The Distance Education Academy can only approximate the time it takes to complete a course at it will largely depend on your speed of learning and assimilation plus how often and how much time you can dedicate to study. You also need to complete a question paper after each lesson and these normally will take 1 – 2 hours.
The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is:80-100 hours.

Learner Support And Assessments

This course provides unlimited access to your a personal tutor who will be a specialist in the field you are studying. Their role is to make sure you get appropriate and constructive feedback and to answer your questions and provide guidance on areas you are not sure about. You can contact them by phone, email or fax.
We also have a team of course advisors and administrators who will give you friendly and relevant advice on issues relating to your course and study. We will always try to make you feel like you’re not by yourself and that someone will help you if you get into difficulties with anything.

Assessment Method
The Veterinary Support Assistant course is assessed by a series of written assignments, which are submitted to and marked by your tutor. There is no external examination required.