ABC Awards Animal Nursing Assistant Certificate Level 2
Theory and Practical Training
Animal Nursing Certificate
The Level 2 Certificate for Animal Nursing Assistants is held in high regard in veterinary practices, providing an alternative route to GCSE’s and enhanced opportunities to progress to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.
This Level 2 Certificate for Animal Nursing Assistants is an acceptable pathway to be accepted onto a Veterinary Nursing course.
This course aims to facilitate learners’ further progression for a career in animal care or Veterinary Nursing, based within a Veterinary Practice.
It provides learners with the information required to play a valuable support role to qualified veterinary staff and to assist owners in the correct management of their companion animals.
It is a theory and practically-based qualification that has the aim of preparing a student for the rigour and level of demand required for the Vet Nursing Course.
We are able to include 2 weeks practical placement as part of this course. This enables students to work towards the 4 course units that require practical placement.
Learners who achieve this Level 2 Animal Nursing Certificate and who have also attained Functional Skills/Key Skills at Level 2 in English/Communication and Mathematics/Application of Number, or the equivalent proxy qualifications, may progress onto the RCVS Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.
If, at the end of the course, the learner decides that veterinary nursing is not the career that they wish to progress to, they will still have gained valuable regulated training. This will enable them to work within other areas of veterinary practice such as veterinary kennels/wards and veterinary reception. Their experience will also allow progression in other sectors of the animal industry, such as pet stores, boarding kennels or animal charities.
Principles of basic animal nursing assistance
The purpose of this unit is to give learners an understanding of how to assist in the basic nursing of animals. This involves an introduction to first aid; how to describe and identify wounds and injuries and shock. Learners will also develop the knowledge of recording an animal’s temperature, pulse and respiration and be able to recognise and identify abnormalities.
Exotic animal anatomy & physiology
Exotic animal anatomy & physiology compliments a mandatory unit in that it focuses upon a range of common exotic animal species (lagomorhps, reptiles & birds). This is a theory unit in which you will learn to describe & identify common anatomical landmarks & normal system functioning for exotic species. Correct terminology is included.
Companion animal parasitology & zoonosis
This unit covers knowledge of common parasites & disease causing organisms and, understanding of how parasites & diseases are transmitted. The importance of zoonosis is also covered in this theory unit
Principles of companion animal anaesthesia & fluid therapy
This unit aims to provide learners with knowledge of the basic principles of anaesthesia & fluid therapy. This will include the ability to describe the indications, equipment & monitoring of both anaesthesia & fluid therapy. Learners will not be required or expected to demonstrate these skills practically. In accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 learners are not permitted to induce or maintain anaesthesia
Companion animal nutrition
Companion animal nutrition covers the importance of adequate nutrition for animals. As a theory unit, you will learn of the functions of nutrients & where each nutrient is sourced. You will also understand the need for nutritional support & how this is achieved
Principles of infection control for animal nursing assistants
This is a unit that provides you with with the knowledge & understanding of infectious organisms & how these cause clinical disease in animals. The unit focuses the importance of how to prevent the spread of infection, to maintain asepsis & sterility in the clinical environment. You will be able to use disinfectants & apply them to the working environment safely correctly
GLH 25 (practical)
Companion animal anatomy & physiology
This is a theory unit in which you will gain an introduction to the anatomy & physiology of companion animals. You will be given the knowledge to describe the structure & function of the major body systems. You will also learn about the correct terminology to employ when describing animal anatomy & physiology. Assessment for this unit is assessed externally.
Maintain animal accommodation
Maintain animal accommodation is a practical, skills-based unit that involves maintaining environmental conditions, carrying out cleaning, & replacing any ancillary materials.
GLH 23 (practical)
Provide feed & water to animals
This is another skills-based unit for the animal nursing certificate where you will gaining knowledge & skills to provide feed & water to animals by selecting the correct feed & supplying clean, fresh water
according to the feed plan.
GLH 23 (practical)
Deliver basic treatments to animals
Deliver basic treatments to animals is a practical, skills-based unit that involves learning about & carrying out basic treatments to animals. The word ‘treatments’ is used in its broadest sense to include: cleaning & hygiene procedure, basic health care treatments & other routine procedures.
GLH 38 (practical)
Who can do the course?
The Animal Nursing Certificate course is open to anyone from the age of 16 years onwards. A good, working standard of English and mathematics is required.
How long do I have to complete the course?
You need to be able to complete the course within 2 years of enrolment
Do I have to have a practical placement to enrol on this course?
This is not a requirement. The course consists of 10 Units, 4 of which are practical; we are able to provide a 2 week practical placement at your choice of 3 venues: A Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in East Sussex OR at an award winning Zoo in Somerset OR an Educational Nature and Animal Centre in Worcestershire. All 3 places are suitable for completing these 4 Units. Once you have enrolled, please let your tutor know which placement you would prefer.
How is the course designed, delivered and assessed?
The course is designed primarily, to be a self-study, distance learning course with tutor support to guide and support you through the learning and materials. The materials contain internet resources that have been examined for quality, content and access that are relevant to the topics and subject matter in the different units.
Are there any examinations
There are no examinations for the Animal Nursing Certificate as such but, Companion Animal Anatomy & Physiology includes a test paper that is assessed externally. You also need to build a portfolio of evidence of your learning and understanding according to assessments set out in the course materials. Internal moderation of your portfolio is carried out by your tutor at Animal Jobs Direct Ltd. and then moderated externally.
How long can I expect to be studying?
Each unit of the Animal Nursing Certificate contains a certain number of Guided Learning Hours (GLH) to give an indication of how long you can expect to be studying and preparing for any one unit’s assessment. Although the GLH of any unit may seem small (please see the specification below), you need to take into account the research and reading before attempting the assessments.
2017 Course start dates (these are start dates for beginning the theory aspect of your course NOT the practical placement). Enrol at any time to secure your course start date: