Veterinary Support Assistant

Level 3 Veterinary Support Assistant

Kickstart a rewarding career working with animals as a veterinary support assistant with this course!

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Are you passionate about animal health and well-being? Would you love to gain an insight into exactly what it’s like to work alongside our furry friends every day? This veterinary course is an ideal entry point for those who are interested in learning more about a varied, rewarding, and fulfilling career as a veterinary support assistant.

In this profession, you’d be responsible for a variety of tasks such as administering medication, assisting with x-rays, preparing pets for surgery, and many more. This veterinary assistant course will help you develop the knowledge to diagnose and treat a range of ailments and learn the principles of health and safety, infection control, and surgical preparation. It will also give you the skills to assist with the handling of animals as they receive medical treatment, as well as the basics of veterinary pharmacology.

You can work in your own time, at your own pace, and you don’t need any prior skills or qualifications to enrol. So, what are you waiting for? Prepare for a career working with pets and other animals, today!

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Positions and Roles in Veterinary Practice

During this unit you’ll be able to identify, and understand the varied clinical roles within a veterinary practice. You’ll be able to recognise the different responsibilities between clinical staff, and be able to identify the legal requirements that are expected of you. To conclude the unit, you’ll understand the veterinary surgeons act and how it affects those roles.

Unit 2 - Anatomy & Physiology

This unit will broaden your understanding of organisation, structure and function of the animal cell, as well as identifying the different body cavities in an animal. You’ll be able to understand structure and function of the digestive, nervous, urinary, respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Whilst also learning the important interpretation of veterinary terminology.

Unit 3 - Health & Safety

Health and safety can be something that affects everyone on a daily basis. This unit will help you identify the principles of health and safety, as well as learning the principles of RIDDOR regulation. You’ll understand how COSHH regulations have an impact on veterinary practices and you’ll learn the importance of manual handling and how it is implemented in veterinary practice.

Unit 4 - Assisting the Veterinary Nurse in Practice

Next, you’ll learn how to demonstrate the different requirements to maintain hospitalised patient’s needs, and be able to recognise different types of patient observations. You’ll understand the importance of infection control and how it is maintained in veterinary practice. You’ll be able to correctly dispose of waste, and understand the procedures required before surgical procedures including instruments and equipment used.

Unit 5 - Veterinary Pharmacy

This unit will focus on expanding your knowledge of legal aspects of medicine in veterinary practice, helping you identify legal categories, and understand the importance of controlled drugs within practice. You’ll be able to demonstrate the different methods of medicine administration at the end of this unit.

Unit 6 - Parasitology

Did you know, it is estimated that at least half of all known species are parasitic? This unit will help you understand the different types of ecto-parasites and endo-parasites and how they can be treated and prevented. By the end of this unit you’ll have completed the study needed for your journey into veterinary nursing.

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With a heritage stretching back over 150 years, NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK. Over 340,000 students were awarded certification by NCFE last year.

NCFE Customised Qualifications are bespoke, unregulated qualifications developed to meet the specific needs of learners. These courses fit in where there are no other regulated qualifications are available. Meaning you can achieve recognition from a well-respected awarding body, even if there isn’t a pre-existing qualification in a certain subject area.

Course Outcome

Following completion of this course, you will hopefully want to continue your interest in working with animals. If you wish to continue expanding your knowledge of working with animals, then check out our range of animal care qualifications.

Should you wish to pursue a degree in the subject, consider our Access to Higher Education Veterinary course (details released soon) and we'll help get you to where you want to be. If you need further guidance or advice on the progression of this course, get in touch by speaking to one of our experienced learning advisers.

How is this course assessed or examined?

Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, posters, leaflets, presentations, video/audio recordings and 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.

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.


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Can I study Animal Care from home?

Distance learning courses, or home learning courses, provide you with the same experience as you would benefit from in a classroom environment; but with the flexibility to best suit your needs at home.

When you enrol on one of our online animal care courses, you’re safe in the knowledge that we are a trusted and experienced course provider. You will receive outstanding support whilst learning with us. Our friendly and experienced tutors are available every step of the way. We pride ourselves on a very high standard of courses, reflected in our excellent pass rates.

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Why study Animal Care with Oxbridge?

Sadly, the traditional routes to education have left loads of people with memories of stress and pressure. Learning shouldn’t be like that. It should be fun and fulfilling, and that is precisely what we strive to offer at Oxbridge.

Whatever online animal care course you opt for, you’ll get access to top-quality learning materials, including online quizzes, videos and e-books, all of which have been carefully put together by our course developers.

In addition, we’ll connect you with an experienced personal tutor, who will be available to help out whenever you need it. We’re proud of our exceptionally high pass rates and would love to help you fulfil your passion and land your dream job too.

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Why study Animal Care?

Lots of people dream of working with animals. It can sometimes mean long hours and can be physically and emotionally demanding, especially if you are working alongside animals that have been abused or neglected. However, job satisfaction is high, and the benefits from having a personally fulfilling career make all the hard work more than worthwhile!

Oxbridge hosts a range of accredited animal care courses, so whether you want to be a veterinary support assistant, dog groomer, zoologist or something else, there will be an online course to help you on your way. If you don’t know which route is the right fit for you and your goals, then speak with one of our learning advisers.

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By opting to study one of our online beauty courses, you’ll not only be able to schedule your learning around your commitments or when you’re the most productive, but you’re also likely to qualify more quickly than if you attended a traditional school.

Many of our home beauty courses come with the option of purchasing all the tools you’ll need to really bring your study to life. Our learning advisers can tell you more.

If you opt to study with us, there’s a good chance you’ll join many of our other students who had a 20% higher pass rate than the national average.

That’s because our courses are designed to adapt to your learning style and pace, and we provide unlimited tutor support as you need.

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