Veterinary Support Assistant

Our course code: X351

Course fee £375 or from £28 per month

Enrol on our course

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 Veterinary Assistant course develops your skills and knowledge online, to help you reach your goals. 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 in 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.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • At your own pace

    Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

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

Study Hours

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

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.

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 an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


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 receive a certificate of completion and competency.

Additional Information

Difficulty - 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.

Course Content

1: Positions and Roles in Veterinary Practice
  • Roles and responsibilities of the:
    • Veterinary surgeon
    • Veterinary nurse
    • Student veterinary nurse
  • Veterinary legislation
2: Anatomy & Physiology
  • Animal cell structures and functions
  • Anatomical directions
  • Body cavities
  • Basic structure and function of the:
    • Nervous system
    • Digestive system
    • Urinary system
    • Respiratory system
    • Cardiovascular system
  • Veterinary terminology
3: Health & Safety
  • Principles of health and safety
  • Control of substances hazardous to health regulations (COSHH) 2002
  • Reporting of injuries, diseases, and dangerous occurrences regulations (RIDDOR)
  • Manual handling regulation 1992
4: Assisting the Veterinary Nurse in Practice
  • Providing and maintaining hospitalised patient needs
  • Basic patient observations
  • Infection control and waste disposal
  • Surgical preparation, instruments and equipment
5: Veterinary Pharmacy
  • Legal aspects of medicine in practice
  • Legal categories of veterinary medicine
  • Controlled drugs
  • Administration of medicine
6: Parasitology
  • Basic understanding of ectoparasites and endoparasites


Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

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 the specified duration of your course.

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.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!