Veterinary Care Assistant Course

Veterinary care assistant diploma

ABC Awards

ABC awards Accreditation Number: QLS-01955

Please click here for more information about course accreditation

Veterinary Care Assistant Course

Scroll down for more information about this 

Veterinary Care Assistant Course

      Course Price:  £899

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

Continued Professional Development

This course counts for 120 hours CPD

Veterinary Care Assistant Course

When considering a career working with animals, it is tempting to think that there is just one option: become a Veterinarian. However, the proper care of animals and birds actually relies on a variety of different professionals - and you may find that a career as a Veterinary Care Assistant is a better choice for you.

Veterinary Care Assistants work very closely with the animals under their care. This is a hands-on career that involves involvement in caring, nursing and nurturing animals on a daily basis, making it a rewarding choice if you wish to focus on welfare and overall support for animals in need. 

Fortunately, qualifying as a Veterinary Care Assistant is far more accessible than qualifying as a vet. With the right course, you can embark on an incredibly rewarding career.

Who can undertake a veterinary care assistant course?

This Veterinary Care Assistant course is predominantly designed for those wishing to work as a vet's assistant in a professional capacity that provides certification, and upon completion, allows students to apply for jobs working in clinical veterinary practice.

There are no formal entry requirements or need for previous professional experience to undertake this course.

What will you learn while studying a veterinary care assistant course?

You will cover a wide number of subjects in depth when studying on a Veterinary Care Assistant course, including... 

  • A full overview of the role of a Veterinary Care Assistant, as well as background information on the veterinary practice environment and your role within it as a care assistant.
  • Background information on the role of pets in modern life, animal care organisations and animal welfare rights.
  • Essential biological facts regarding the animal body, functions and processes.
  • The ability to identify animal disease, how diseases are managed, parasitology and how to reduce the spread of disease when working in veterinary practice.
  • How to handle animals who are in pain or distress. A key component of life as a veterinary care assistant, the course will emphasise the correct procedures for animal protection at all times. 
  • A comprehensive overview of the essentials of animal nutrition, including a specific focus on the specific nutritional needs of dogs and cats. 
  • Essential first aid skills for companion animals, as well as a focus on relieving symptoms of common health conditions you may encounter during your work. A background overview of legislation regarding animal first aid will also be provided.

It is worth noting that the above is not an exhaustive list; this kind of course is in-depth, and delves into all the subject areas necessary for working as a Veterinary Care Assistant.

Commencing your study

A Veterinary Care Assistant course can be studied online, as it seeks to provide sound theoretical knowledge that allows for the safe care of a variety of animals. Most students find that they complete the course in 12 months, though you will enjoy an element of control over your own progress.

Should you decide to embark on a Veterinary Care Assistant course, you can look forward to obtaining a Level 3 Accredited Diploma that will enable you to work in an exciting, compassionate, and inherently rewarding field of animal care.

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.

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

vet and a dog
vet care assistance
Veterinary Care Assistant Course
animal vet administering medication

Continued Professional Development

This course counts for 120 hours CPD

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.


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