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Level 2 Diploma Veterinary Nursing Assistant

Ofqual Code 610/3348/0
Qualification Level 2
Award Type Diploma
Guided Learning Hours 280
Credits 36
Study Mode Online & Practical
Start Date Anytime
Enrolment will be valid for 24 months
Entry Criteria Open to anyone over age 16
Assessment Method Variety of in-depth assessments for each unit
Awarding Organisation SEG - Skills and Education Group Awards
Practical Training Required Learners to organise their own placement in a veterinary environment for a minimum of 2 weeks and be supervised by a qualified VNA or RVN.

Unit 1

Administration in Veterinary Practice

Learners will understand the roles and responsibilities of those working within a veterinary environment, along with administration tasks crucial to the smooth running of a practice. They will be able to align their own roles to health and safety legislation and understand effective communication with others. 

Unit 2

Hygiene in Animal Care

Learners are introduced to the reasons for maintaining cleanliness and hygiene in a veterinary practice, and how to carry out thorough and meaningful cleaning. 

Unit 3

Animal Health

Learners will be introduced to the different terminology used within veterinary practice. Health checking a range of animals and knowing issues that can occur with their health is a vital skill for the veterinary nursing assistant to learn, with this unit providing the knowledge for both. 

Unit 4

Animal First Aid

Learners will be introduced to the main principles of first aid, and the reasons for clear communication in first aid situations. Different first aid emergency situations will be explored, along with staying within the parameters of legislation when dealing with an emergency. 

Unit 5

Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Learners will be introduced to animal welfare and how behaviour and correct welfare impacts upon this. Stress in animals is also explored in the unit and how handling affects animal welfare. 


Unit 6

Wildlife in a Veterinary Practice

Learners will be introduced to the British Wildlife species that they may see in the veterinary practice. Knowing the relevant agencies to refer wildlife to is essential when deciding upon the next steps to take. 


Unit 7

Veterinary Medicines and Equipment

Learners will know the instruments commonly used in veterinary practice and how to maintain them correctly. The categories, use and storage of veterinary medicines will also be examined in the unit, along with the reasons for following protocol. 


Unit 8

Pet Bereavement 

Learners will be introduced to the difficult subject of pet bereavement. They will be provided with knowledge of the process of death and euthanasia, along with the support they can provide to clients during the grief process. 

Unit 9

Practical Skills for Veterinary Nursing Assistants

Learners will be introduced to a range of skills vital to caring for animals in a veterinary setting. These will include providing feed and water, maintaining and adjusting the environmental conditions and appropriate handling and restraint of animals to meet the needs of the animals and maintain the safety of self and others. 

Unit 10


Unit 11


Course Options

Self-Paced Online Learning With Tutor Support

    • Access your course materials immediately
    • 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 14 days marking turnaround

Self-Paced Online Learning With Tutor Support PLUS On-Demand & Live Classes

    • Live classes are scheduled between 10am to 8pm - days of the week vary (to include weekends)
    • Access to our video library of previous lectures available on-demand
    • Interact with your tutors directly during your class
    • 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 14 days marking turnaround

Veterinary Nursing Assistants, the next step after qualifying.

The Next Step 

Those who have successfully completed the Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Nursing Assistants qualification are suited to work in many animal care environments from Veterinary practices to pet shops and animal charity hospitals to rescue homes. These careers can be incredibly fulfilling and rewarding for anyone who wants to work hands-on with animals. You may be able to proceed to the RCVS Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing if the entry criteria are met. 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. 

Opportunities Are Wide Open 

This qualification is the perfect entry point providing both practical experience and theory for those eager to further their career as a veterinary nurse. If, at the end of the qualification, the student 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 care industry, such as pet stores, boarding kennels or animal charities. 

Information About Practical Placements: 

This qualification includes a practical element that requires learners to organise their own placement in a veterinary environment for a minimum of 2 weeks to be supervised by a qualified VNA or RVN. This could be within a registered Veterinary Practice, or an animal establishment that has an element of veterinary care such as animal care charities, zoos and some animal care businesses. 

You are free to arrange this placement yourself, but if you prefer, we have a placement available to purchase with Abbey House Vets - a leading veterinary practice in Leeds and a respected name in West Yorkshire veterinary care. Their highly trained and caring teams of vets, nurses and support staff are proud of the standard of care they have provided to pet owners in Leeds and surrounding areas for over 40 years. The clinic is situated in Batley and has operating facilities so many day procedures can be carried out on site. 

During your placement you will have the opportunity to gain experience in: 

  • Handling and moving a variety of species 
  • Assisting in a health check 
  • Cleaning and preparing appropriate accommodation for different species 
  • Providing an appropriate diet 

Should this interest you, add the practical placement to your basket when purchasing this course. Please note, you will need to be aged 18 or over to access this placement. 

Veterinary Nursing Assistants Qualification, an entry into Veterinary Nursing

This qualification facilitates students’ further progression following 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 practical-based qualification that has the aim of preparing a student for the rigour and level of demand required for the Veterinary Nursing Diploma. 

What You Will Learn 

Students will learn a range of skills and develop their knowledge in a variety of different areas related to animal health and the administrative side of animal care. This includes discovering how to care for animals appropriately to ensure that they receive optimal care. Learners will gain experience in how to safely handle and move a range of animals and carry out health checks. Students will have the opportunity to learn about medical equipment and the use of medicines in animal care along with learning about first aid procedures and how to respond in an emergency situation.  


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