Veterinary Care Assistant Level 2 Diploma

About the Course

If you`re looking to pursue a career as a veterinary assistant this is an ideal course. It leads to a nationally recognised City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma, takes one year and will provide you with an introduction to the principles of animal nursing and care.

You`ll cover general animal nursing, anaesthesia, surgical nursing, radiography and anatomy. In addition the course includes core skills certification and a work placement in a veterinary practice. It will provide you with the essential practical experience and knowledge you need to ensure you`re well prepared for work as an assistant in a veterinary practice as well as for further study.

This course is also available to study by online distance learning, for those already working in a relevant position. 

Update - March 2016: Please note that the full-time course is now closed for applications for 2016 entry. We are still accepting applications for the distance learning course.

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SRUC Student Recruitment
Tel: 0800 269 453

Education Level



Level 2 Diploma




Four passed at National 5 Level at grade C or above (or equivalent). These must include 2 from English, Maths and a science subject. Ten days work experience in an animal related environment.

Course Content

Course Content:

  • Animal Handling and Care in the Veterinary Environment
  • Assisting with Care in the Veterinary Environment
  • Administrative Duties in the Veterinary Care Environment
  • Microbiology for Healthcare Workers
  • Communication
  • IT
  • Numeracy

Placement Information: Two days per week in a vet practice

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Subject Area: Take a look at study tours, student profiles and much more on Animal Care and Vet Nursing.

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How to Apply: Further information about our application process.

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SRUC Student Recruitment
Tel: 0800 269 453

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