“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.
General safety measures.
How to collect and prepare urine, faecal and blood samples.
How to carry out common laboratory tests.
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.
Level 3 Veterinary Support Assistant Award
At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Level 3 ABC Award Certificate.