Veterinary Care Assistant Course

Veterinary Care Assistant Course

Veterinary Care Assistant Course

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Course Price:  £850

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£425 followed by 6 x monthly payments of £90

(Course cost is all inclusive of tutoring fees, assessments, materials and course registration)

Veterinary care assistant diploma

ABC awards Accreditation Number: QLS-01955

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Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL) funding is available for this course.


Continued Professional Development

This course counts for 120 hours CPD

This course is delivered online and takes an average of 12 months to complete

Veterinary Care Assistant Diploma
Level 3

  • The Veterinary Care Assistant Course has been designed to prepare students for work as a Veterinary Assistant. 
  • This course includes regulated content which attract QCF credits: See modules 9 and 11.
  • Veterinary Assistants work in veterinary clinics, animal hospitals, animal charities and boarding facilities to assist veterinarians with many aspects of animal care. 
  • This highly rewarding career involves nursing sick or recovering animals, as well as promoting their health and welfare.
  • This responsible and hands on role includes feeding, cleaning, handling, administering medication and the general care of animals pre and post operatively. 
  • The job can also include assisting with the day to day running of the practice; i.e., reception duties, dealing with clients, assisting in the consulting rooms and preparation of animals and treatment areas. 
  • This comprehensive 12 module course includes information about about animal nutrition, principles of animal anaesthesia & fluid therapy, recognising ill health,  hygiene, handling & restraint, first aid, animal welfare & legislation, parasitology & zoonosis as well as information about care of dogs, cats and small animals.
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Module 1

Animals as pets: What is a companion animal? 

Module 1 of the Veterinary Care Assistant course explores the range of animals kept as companion animals. Learn about restrictions on supplies, animal care organisations & their role in animal welfare.

This module also investigates the current animal welfare crisis and issues faced.


Module 2

The Animal Body

Learn how to recognise & explain essential body functions & processes such as the digestive, circulatory, respiratory & skeletal systems. 


Module 3

Animal Disease & Hygiene 

Learn how to recognise the signs of ill health & disease & understand the causes of animal disease as well as how to prevent the spread of disease.


Module 4

Handling, restraint & carrying of animals in pain or distress

Understand how to handle, restrain & transport animals in pain or distress in an humane & welfare-orientated way.


Module 5

Companion Animal First Aid

In module 5 of the Veterinary Care Assistant Course you will learn how to manage the first aid treatment of a range of common injuries & adverse health conditions.


Module 6

Animal Welfare & Legislation

Learn about current guidelines & legislation relating to First Aid for animals & what is permitted treatment under the Veterinary Surgeon’s Act (1966).


Module 7

Working in A Veterinary Practice

This module of the Veterinary Care Assistant Course explores the range of services available at veterinary practices. Learn about professional standards & limitations in what Veterinary Care Assistants can do. Gain an understanding about sales & marketing techniques as appropriate to a veterinary practice.


Module 8

Small Animal Housing & Welfare: (Mammals & Birds)

Learn how to provide more than just adequate exercise & environmental enrichment for small animals. Investigate commercially available accommodation and then demonstrate your understanding of the most appropriate accommodation styles according to species’ habitats and behaviour.


Module 9

Companion Animal Parasitology & Zoonosis 

Unit L/502/7625. QCF Credits: 2 at Level 2

This module is a single unit taken from the ABC Awards: Animal Nursing Assistant (Award). This module can be drawn in part from the work for module 3 with the emphasis of the relevance of infection control to animal welfare & patient care in a veterinary environment. This unit is also available as a stand-alone study option & does not require a work placement.


Module 10

Care of the Cat & the Dog

This comprehensive module is dedicated to felines and canines.  Learn how to provide more than just adequate exercise & environmental enrichment, and how to recognise common health disorders and carry out routine health checks. Gain an understanding of nutrition & nutritional disorders relevant to dogs and cats. This module also includes information about grooming and caring for the older dog & cat.


Module 11

Principles of companion animal anaesthesia & fluid therapy.

(Unit M/502/7617):  QCF Credits: 2 at Level 2

This module is a single unit taken from the ABC Awards: Animal Nursing Assistant (Award). It is a regulated unit through OfQual. Learn about the basic principles of fluid therapy & anaesthetic assistance. This unit is also available as a stand-alone study option & does not require a work placement.


Module 12

Companion animal nutrition

(Unit J/502/7624): QCF Credits: 2 at Level 2

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.

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£850

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 £425 followed by 6 x monthly payments of £90

(Course cost is all inclusive of tutoring fees, assessments, materials and course registration)