Animal Nursing Certificate for Animal Nursing Assistants

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Animal Nursing Certificate for Animal Nursing Assistants
Animal Nursing Assistants

The  Animal Nursing Assistant Certificate qualification has been developed for learners seeking a specialised regulated qualification in animal nursing, with the overall aim being to prepare learners for a career in animal care or Veterinary Nursing, based within a Veterinary Practice.

On this course, those who enrol will learn practical skills for caring for animals. Additionally, they will develop and grow their skills in customer services and retail which are both necessary when working as a veterinary nurse.

The 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. 

The 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.

What You Will Learn

You will learn a range of skills and develop your knowledge in a variety of different areas. This includes discovering how to manage and maintain accommodation for animals, including how to  feed and water animals to ensure that they get the care they need. 

Learn how to provide basic treatments that animals often need including typical healthcare treatments. Gain practical experience with a range of routine procedures to make sure that you are fully equipped to help animals in your care. 

It is crucial that those aiming to work in veterinary medicine understand the anatomy and physiology of animals. There are a range of reasons why this information will be necessary. Through the modules, you will learn how to handle and restrain animals the correct way based on their anatomy and physiology. It’s important that animals are restrained without injury. 

Infection is a major concern whenever an animal is brought into a veterinary practice with an injury. Learn about the principles of infection control and how to manage an infection. 

The Next Step

Once you have completed your Animal Nursing Certificate, you may be able to proceed to RCVS Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. In doing so you can take your veterinary nursing career to the next level and gain even more knowledge for a top position. Ultimately this can lead to a full professional position as a Veterinary Nurse. 

Those who have successfully completed the Level 2 Animal Nursing Certificate are suited to work in many animal care environments from  pet shop to animal charity. These careers can be incredibly fulfilling and will be perfect for anyone who wants to work with animals. 

Opportunities Are Wide Open 

This Ofqual regulated qualification is the perfect entry point providing both practical experience and theory for those eager to further their career as a veterinary nurse. 

Learners who achieve the 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.

The Level 2 Animal Nursing Certificate for Animal Nursing Assistants is a regulated qualification recognised by Ofqual. 

Animal Nursing Certificate 

 Animal Nursing Assistant Certificate 

Course Unit Summary

250 GLH

Total credits earned for this course = 33

Unit  1

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.

GLH 30

4 Credits 

Unit   2

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

GLH 23

2 Credits

Unit   3

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.

GLH 23

4 Credits

Unit   4

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

 GLH 12  

2 Credits

Unit   5

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

GLH 15

2 Credits

Unit   6

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.

 GLH 38 

5 Credits

Unit   7

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)

3 Credits

Unit   8

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)

3 Credits

Unit   9

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) 

3 Credits

Unit   10

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)

5 Credits

Sabrina (completed the Level 2 Certificate for Animal Nursing Assistants) April 2019

"When I started this course I was working in retail and distance learning was the perfect solution for matching learning and working commitments. 

The course is really intense, but my amazing tutor Lucy is always here to help, and the efforts are definitely paying back: 4 months after I started this course, I secured a position as vet receptionist in a very big and super modern practice.

My new role, which I am on the moon about, is giving me the possibility to do more training, and to gain experience while I am still learning my course. Recently my employer also confirmed they can accommodate my placement at our big hospital!!

Even I still have in front of me a considerable amount of work to do, and many things to learn, I feel I am getting closer to my dream day after day, and I am definitely happy I took the decision to submit this course!"

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Frequently Asked Questions:

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. 

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