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Veterinary Nursing Assistant Level 2 Diploma (RQF)

Key Points

  • Gain an understanding of how to manage and maintain accommodation for animals.
  • Understand how to provide basic treatments that animals often need including typical healthcare treatments.
  • Learn about the principles of infection control and how to manage infections.
  • Gain a recognised Level 2 Diploma.
  • Complete this course within a year.
  • Qualify as a Veterinary Nurse Assistant.

Studying your Diploma

For pet owners, vets provide an essential service, caring for their animals when they are sick or injured. Vets work with animals of all sizes, making careers within veterinary practices as interesting as they are rewarding.

Integral to the care team are Veterinary Nursing Assistants. They perform several key duties that ensure the smooth running of the practice as well as a high standard of care for the animals.

This includes monitoring animal health and welfare during recovery, feeding and exercising the animals and preparing treatment rooms and theatres ahead of appointments and procedures.

They will also be called upon to help vets delivery treatments or carry out procedures, depending on skills and experience.

Needless to say, a fondness for animals is an important trait, as well as a strong desire to help. However, caring for animals can make for some distressing days so you’ll need to have a strong resolve too.

As a Veterinary Nurse Assistant, you will also provide guidance to animal owners on nutrition, behavioural advice and preventative care. This could include how to use medication or advice on treatments for flea treatments and wormers.

Starting your Career

This course covers the key principles of the role including hygiene and disinfection, animal health, pharmacy, administration, first aid and bereavement.

This course will provide you with a nationally recognised qualification that will equip you with the knowledge needed to start your new career within the veterinary sector.

By studying this Veterinary Nurse Assistant Level 2 Diploma online, you will be able to study around your existing commitments. Meaning that you can gain your qualification alongside your current job. With online learning, you can study from the comfort of your home, at your own pace with no need to wait for term time to begin.

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is a leading UK distance learning provider, allowing you to start learning from the moment you enrol.

This also provides you with the freedom to plan your studies around your existing job or family commitments.

You will be assigned a dedicated tutor who can advise and guide you through the course, as well as provide constructive feedback on assignments. This ensures you are on the right track with your education and better prepared to care for animals. 

There are flexible payment methods available and you can start learning from the moment you enrol. Start working towards a life-changing career in veterinary nursing today!

 

To successfully complete this course you will need to find yourself your own placement within a registered veterinary practice, or a setting that practices veterinary care. Eitherway you will need to have access to a qualified veterinary nurse or vet who will sign off your evidence that you can then upload into your online learning platform for assessment.  

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  • Study around existing commitments
  • Progress as quickly as you’d like
  • Tailored individual learning plan to help you succeed
  • Engaging content; from videos to interactive quizzes
  • Industry-leading 5 days marking turnaround
  • Live class scheduled between 10 am to 8 pm daily (including weekends)
  • Access to our video library of previous lectures available on-demand
  • Interact with your tutors directly during your class
  • Network with like-minded students via our chat functionality
  • Take live classes multiple times or access recordings as you like
  • Tutor support via our market-leading platform
  • Study around existing commitments
  • Progress as quickly as you’d like
  • Tailored individual learning plan to help you succeed
  • Engaging content; from videos to interactive quizzes
  • Industry-leading 5 days marking turnaround

Qualification: Veterinary Nursing Assistant Level 2 Diploma (RQF) - Non practical

Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded the Open College Network West Midlands Veterinary Nursing Assistant Diploma Level 2 (603/5172/X).

Requirements for Entry

Being an animal lover is essential when enrolling on this course and it is beneficial to have some previous experience in a veterinary practice or hospital (no matter how short) prior to enrolling on the qualification, however this is not essential.

There are no specific academic requirements for learners to enrol on this course. Although learners must be 16 years or over.

Professional Membership

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

 

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

 

Unit 1: Principles of Animal Health

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology commonly used in veterinary practice and how this relates to a range of species.
  • Understand the signs of normal and abnormal health in dogs, cats rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, lizards, snakes and tortoises.
  • Understand how to ensure good health and carry out routine health checks.

Unit 2: Principles of Body Language and Behaviour

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the correct handling and restraint techniques during veterinary procedures, to reduce stress for domestic mammals and reptiles.
  • Understand how to recognise and manage stress and fear when handling a variety of companion animals.

Unit 3: Principles Hygiene, Cleaning and Disinfection

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the high standard of cleaning and hygiene in an animal nursing environment, to prevent the spread of disease and infection.
  • Be able to identify infectious diseases commonly seen in domestic mammals and reptiles and the importance of maintaining a clean environment.
  • Understand the difference between disinfection and sterilisation and understanding the safe use of cleaning and disinfection chemicals.
  • Understand how to follow a cleaning protocol with a thorough understanding of areas to be cleaned and their level of infection risk.
  • Understand how to sterilise equipment in a veterinary practice, understand waste disposal methods and how to reduce waste in an animal nursing environment.

Unit 4: Reception and Administrative Duties in a Veterinary Practice.

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure of a veterinary practice, the roles within the practice and their tasks.
  • Understand the services provided in a veterinary practice including the referral process and the promotion and marketing of the veterinary services.
  • Understand the professional standards and requirements in a veterinary environment.
  • Understand the importance of health and safety in the veterinary workplace.
  • Understand how to deal with various clients including different methods of client communication, registering a new client, making appointments answering phones, taking payments, dealing with difficult or sensitive situations and the importance of client confidentiality.

Unit 5: Pharmacy in a Veterinary Practice

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the workings of the veterinary pharmacy, including stock control, safe and secure storage of medicines, waste disposal and importance of adherence to protocols.
  • Understand veterinary medicines and each stage of the medicines management pathway, including prescribing, dispensing and administration.

Unit 6: Euthanasia and Bereavement

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the reasons for euthanasia and the circumstances when euthanasia may be required.
  • Understand how the euthanasia process is carried out and the options of the disposal of a deceased pet.
  • Understand the stages of grief and how to recognise each stage.

Unit 7: Principles of First Aid

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the principles of first aid and companion animal veterinary emergencies.
  • Understand the importance of communication within the veterinary team and how to support a client during the emergency.
  • Understand the legislation involved in first aid treatment, how to recognise a veterinary emergency, the information required when dealing with an emergency call and how to treat common injuries.

Unit 8: Veterinary Instruments

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to identify the instruments used for routine surgeries such as castration, spay and tumour removal.
  • Understand correct care, cleaning and storage of veterinary instruments as well as packaging and sterilisation.

Unit 9: Care of Wildlife in Veterinary Practice

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the most commonly treated British wildlife including garden birds, hedgehogs, rabbits, badgers, foxes and deer.
  • Understand the obligations to treat wildlife and the limitations to this treatment.
  • Understand the options available for further treatment and rehabilitation of wildlife if treatment is beyond the expertise of general practice.

Unit 10: Practical

  • Students will need to find their own practical placement.

When studying this Veterinary Nursing Assistant Diploma Level 2, you will be required to build a computer based portfolio of evidence to showcase your knowledge and understanding throughout the course.

OUR PASS RATE
Animal Care and Veterinary Science
86.8%
(National Average 74.9%)
  • FREE On-Demand & Live Classes Upgrade - RRP £480
  • FREE On-Demand & Live Classes Upgrade - RRP £480

Veterinary Nursing Assistant Level 2 Diploma (RQF)

Key Points

  • Gain an understanding of how to manage and maintain accommodation for animals.
  • Understand how to provide basic treatments that animals often need including typical healthcare treatments.
  • Learn about the principles of infection control and how to manage infections.
  • Gain a recognised Level 2 Diploma.
  • Complete this course within a year.
  • Qualify as a Veterinary Nurse Assistant.

Studying your Diploma

For pet owners, vets provide an essential service, caring for their animals when they are sick or injured. Vets work with animals of all sizes, making careers within veterinary practices as interesting as they are rewarding.

Integral to the care team are Veterinary Nursing Assistants. They perform several key duties that ensure the smooth running of the practice as well as a high standard of care for the animals.

This includes monitoring animal health and welfare during recovery, feeding and exercising the animals and preparing treatment rooms and theatres ahead of appointments and procedures.

They will also be called upon to help vets delivery treatments or carry out procedures, depending on skills and experience.

Needless to say, a fondness for animals is an important trait, as well as a strong desire to help. However, caring for animals can make for some distressing days so you’ll need to have a strong resolve too.

As a Veterinary Nurse Assistant, you will also provide guidance to animal owners on nutrition, behavioural advice and preventative care. This could include how to use medication or advice on treatments for flea treatments and wormers.

Starting your Career

This course covers the key principles of the role including hygiene and disinfection, animal health, pharmacy, administration, first aid and bereavement.

This course will provide you with a nationally recognised qualification that will equip you with the knowledge needed to start your new career within the veterinary sector.

By studying this Veterinary Nurse Assistant Level 2 Diploma online, you will be able to study around your existing commitments. Meaning that you can gain your qualification alongside your current job. With online learning, you can study from the comfort of your home, at your own pace with no need to wait for term time to begin.

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is a leading UK distance learning provider, allowing you to start learning from the moment you enrol.

This also provides you with the freedom to plan your studies around your existing job or family commitments.

You will be assigned a dedicated tutor who can advise and guide you through the course, as well as provide constructive feedback on assignments. This ensures you are on the right track with your education and better prepared to care for animals. 

There are flexible payment methods available and you can start learning from the moment you enrol. Start working towards a life-changing career in veterinary nursing today!

 

To successfully complete this course you will need to find yourself your own placement within a registered veterinary practice, or a setting that practices veterinary care. Eitherway you will need to have access to a qualified veterinary nurse or vet who will sign off your evidence that you can then upload into your online learning platform for assessment.  

Animal Care and Veterinary Science
OUR PASS RATE
(National Average 74.9%)
86.8%

Qualification: Veterinary Nursing Assistant Level 2 Diploma (RQF) - Non practical

Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded the Open College Network West Midlands Veterinary Nursing Assistant Diploma Level 2 (603/5172/X).

Requirements for Entry

Being an animal lover is essential when enrolling on this course and it is beneficial to have some previous experience in a veterinary practice or hospital (no matter how short) prior to enrolling on the qualification, however this is not essential.

There are no specific academic requirements for learners to enrol on this course. Although learners must be 16 years or over.

Professional Membership

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

 

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

 

Unit 1: Principles of Animal Health

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand terminology commonly used in veterinary practice and how this relates to a range of species.
  • Understand the signs of normal and abnormal health in dogs, cats rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, lizards, snakes and tortoises.
  • Understand how to ensure good health and carry out routine health checks.

Unit 2: Principles of Body Language and Behaviour

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the correct handling and restraint techniques during veterinary procedures, to reduce stress for domestic mammals and reptiles.
  • Understand how to recognise and manage stress and fear when handling a variety of companion animals.

Unit 3: Principles Hygiene, Cleaning and Disinfection

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the high standard of cleaning and hygiene in an animal nursing environment, to prevent the spread of disease and infection.
  • Be able to identify infectious diseases commonly seen in domestic mammals and reptiles and the importance of maintaining a clean environment.
  • Understand the difference between disinfection and sterilisation and understanding the safe use of cleaning and disinfection chemicals.
  • Understand how to follow a cleaning protocol with a thorough understanding of areas to be cleaned and their level of infection risk.
  • Understand how to sterilise equipment in a veterinary practice, understand waste disposal methods and how to reduce waste in an animal nursing environment.

Unit 4: Reception and Administrative Duties in a Veterinary Practice.

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure of a veterinary practice, the roles within the practice and their tasks.
  • Understand the services provided in a veterinary practice including the referral process and the promotion and marketing of the veterinary services.
  • Understand the professional standards and requirements in a veterinary environment.
  • Understand the importance of health and safety in the veterinary workplace.
  • Understand how to deal with various clients including different methods of client communication, registering a new client, making appointments answering phones, taking payments, dealing with difficult or sensitive situations and the importance of client confidentiality.

Unit 5: Pharmacy in a Veterinary Practice

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the workings of the veterinary pharmacy, including stock control, safe and secure storage of medicines, waste disposal and importance of adherence to protocols.
  • Understand veterinary medicines and each stage of the medicines management pathway, including prescribing, dispensing and administration.

Unit 6: Euthanasia and Bereavement

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the reasons for euthanasia and the circumstances when euthanasia may be required.
  • Understand how the euthanasia process is carried out and the options of the disposal of a deceased pet.
  • Understand the stages of grief and how to recognise each stage.

Unit 7: Principles of First Aid

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the principles of first aid and companion animal veterinary emergencies.
  • Understand the importance of communication within the veterinary team and how to support a client during the emergency.
  • Understand the legislation involved in first aid treatment, how to recognise a veterinary emergency, the information required when dealing with an emergency call and how to treat common injuries.

Unit 8: Veterinary Instruments

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to identify the instruments used for routine surgeries such as castration, spay and tumour removal.
  • Understand correct care, cleaning and storage of veterinary instruments as well as packaging and sterilisation.

Unit 9: Care of Wildlife in Veterinary Practice

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the most commonly treated British wildlife including garden birds, hedgehogs, rabbits, badgers, foxes and deer.
  • Understand the obligations to treat wildlife and the limitations to this treatment.
  • Understand the options available for further treatment and rehabilitation of wildlife if treatment is beyond the expertise of general practice.

Unit 10: Practical

  • Students will need to find their own practical placement.

When studying this Veterinary Nursing Assistant Diploma Level 2, you will be required to build a computer based portfolio of evidence to showcase your knowledge and understanding throughout the course.

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