City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants 

This Ofqual regulated qualification starts 18th June 2019
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City & Guilds
Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants 

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Veterinary Care Assistant Course

      Course Price:  £1,450

Instalment Option £995

followed by 6 x monthly payments of £100

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

City & Guilds
Veterinary Care Assistant Course

Course Information

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 - a career as a Veterinary Care Assistant is a popular option.

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 the Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants course?

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

There are no formal academic entry requirements or need for previous professional experience to undertake this course. However, students must be employed or a volunteer in a veterinary practice for at least 10-15 hours per week.  You will be assessed practically by your mentor for certain elements of the course and it is therefore essential to have a practical placement in place.

What will you learn while studying the Veterinary Care Assistant course?

This is a comprehensive qualification, students 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.
  • 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.

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 2 City and Guilds Accredited Diploma that will enable you to work in an exciting, compassionate, and inherently rewarding field of animal care.

Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants

398 GLH   53 credits

There are 3 units to this qualification - 

  1. Principles and practices of animal handling and care in the veterinary environment
  2. Principles and practices of assisting with care in the veterinary environment
  3. Principles and practices of administrative duties in the veterinary care environment

Acceptance Criteria


You will learn on the job in a veterinary environment where you are working  full time,  part time or on a voluntary basis. Students must have a placement in a veterinary clinic.

You will need to complete one comprehensive assignment for each unit.

You need to complete a minimum of 600 hours in a veterinary environment.

This qualification is ideal if you are working or volunteering in a veterinary environment and have some relevant knowledge and skills, usually from a role where you've been supervised.



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:

  • Students can enrol without a practical placement. 
  • Students gather their own practical evidence and there is no set hour requirement
  • 242 Guided Learning Hours

City and Guilds Level 2 Veterinary Care Assistant Certificate course:

  • Students are required to have found their own placement prior to enrolling. 
  • Assessments are done at the student's placement and a set amount of hours are required.
  • 398 Guided Learning Hours
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Veterinary Care Assistant Course


Course Fees:     £1,450

Instalment Option £995

 followed by 6 x monthly payments of £100

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