The ABC Awards 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 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.
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.
Once you have completed your Level 2 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.
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 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.
The Level 2 Animal Nursing Certificate for Animal Nursing Assistants is a regulated qualification recognised by Ofqual within the QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework). When achieved, you will gain 33 Credits at Level 2.
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.
What are the main differences between the ABC Awards Level 2 Animal Nursing Certificate course and the City and Guilds Level 2 Veterinary Care Assistant Certificate course?
ABC Awards Level 2 Animal Nursing Certificate course:
City and Guilds Level 2 Veterinary Care Assistant Certificate course: