Veterinary Support Assistant

Being a veterinary assistant is a rewarding and fulfilling career for anyone who loves animals. Working alongside surgeons and nurses, you’ll devote your time to treating and caring for animals in need. Designed for animal lovers, our course is specifically developed to get you there. You’ll learn about animal anatomy, health and safety, and the responsibilities of surgeons, nurses and assistants in a veterinary practice. Enrol today to start your journey into veterinary nursing.

Did you know? According to the RSPCA, the estimated pet population in the UK is 51 million pets. The demand for veterinary assistants is increasing, too. In addition, the sector is growing better than average, which means more employment opportunities when you get your qualification.

Ideal for anyone interested animal health, working with animals or in veterinary settings

As a veterinary assistant, you’ll be performing routine care tasks, such as administering medication to disinfecting facilities and exercising animals. Our course helps you gives you the basic knowledge to succeed and perform those duties with care and attention. As the ability to properly care for, treat and diagnose a variety of ailments is vital in any veterinary based career. You’ll develop knowledge in all the right areas. You’ll be learning about basic animal structures, such as the nervous and digestive systems. We’ll even teach you the principles of heath and safety, infection control, and surgical preparation. So, when you join your first practice, the rewards of helping animals as part of a dedicated team are worthwhile.

When you study our Veterinary Assistant course, you will:

  • Gain the knowledge needed to work as a support assistant in a veterinary practice
  • Learn to assist with everyday handling and care of animals that require treatment by a vet
  • Develop an understanding of the different roles within a veterinary practice
  • Discover the legalities involved in a practice before diving into the anatomy and physiology of cats and dogs
  • Be taught vital health and safety and how to keep the animals in your care safe and settled
  • Also, uncover basics of veterinary pharmacy – a complex and mentally stimulating unit that will teach you a variety of vital data and knowledge

An ideal entry for those curious about veterinarianism - explore animal health and what it's like to work with animals.
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Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

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Get as much help as you want from your personal course tutor via phone and email.

Awarding body: NCFE Customised Qualifications
Our course ref: X351

NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK.  Over 340,000 thousand students were awarded certification by NCFE last year through over 2,000 colleges and training providers nationally. With a heritage stretching back over 150 years.

Study Hours

Up to 120 hours which is under 40 minutes per day for 6 months.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours.  This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments.  Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.


Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, posters, leaflets, presentations, video/audio recordings, work-based and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will be awarded an NCFE customised qualification. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information
Level 3
Entry requirements
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.
Section 1
Positions and Roles in Veterinary Practice
  • Roles and responsibilities of the:
    • Veterinary surgeon
    • Veterinary nurse
    • Student veterinary nurse
  • Veterinary legislation

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start.  However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.

No. While you can choose to write your assignments by hand, the majority of students type up their work in a word processor and then submit it via email to their tutors. A typed essay is much easier to save and edit and makes it easier for tutors to read.

Really impressed

I have been really impressed with the quality and depth of the courses.  I enrolled in Horse Care, Animal Care, and this course Vet Support.  I’m not 100% sure what I want to do yet, but I know it involves animals.  My school didn’t offer any animal-based courses, so my parents helped me enrol on these in my “spare time”.  My teachers have been supportive and are understanding when my school work has to take priority.  I was even able to take some time out when it was my GCSE’s and the time will be added to the end of the courses.  This has been really helpful.



N McLaughlin

I am enjoying studying this course.  Hope this will help me secure a position working with animals.

My tutor was more than helpful

The feedback that I was given by my tutor was more than helpful, I have now also been looking for part time/weekend work in a veterinary clinic.

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