Veterinary Care Assistants Level 2 at Sheffield College
This is a 1 year full time course
About the course
The course is taught by experienced tutors who have relevant industrial experience, including work with the RSPCA, veterinary nursing and environmental conservation.
You will study the following Modules that relate to Veterinary Care.
- Principles and practices of animal handling and care in the veterinary environment. In this unit you will look at the general care and nursing of animals within a veterinary practice environment; including the signs of normal and abnormal health, accommodation
and feeding requirements, safe handling, identification, first aid for animals and the legal limitations of treatment.
- Principles and practices of assisting with care in the veterinary environment. In this unit you will look at common veterinary terminology, basic anatomy and assisting with the nursing care of animals in the practice environment; including medical and
surgical conditions, anaesthesia procedures, radiography, drug calculations and fluid therapy.
- Principles and practices of administrative duties in the veterinary care environment. In this unit you will develop skills in communication, team work, administration, advising clients on aspects of veterinary care, pet bereavement, reception skills, telephone techniques and record keeping.
Throughout the year, there will also be several key dates when exotic and large animal handling will take place. You will be expected to attend all of these sessions. The large animal handling sessions take place at a farm, approximately 5 miles from Sheffield city centre. Your tutors will also arrange sessions when you will be able to bring your own pets into college in order to practice handling techniques, health checks, bandaging techniques. This is a compulsory part of the programme.
Other visits will be arranged during the year to various places, such as zoos and animal establishments. You are expected to attend the visits. For some of the visits you will be asked to contribute towards the cost of the entrance fee and travel, which you will be able to pay in instalments throughout the year. You will need to purchase the relevant uniform – College can supply these for a cost of approximately £15. You will also need a pair of wellington or steel toe-capped boots. You can also purchase an Animal Care and Management polo shirt. Recommended texts for the programme include: Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology by Aspinall and Capello (cost approximately £30) and/or the BSAVA Manual of Practical Animal Care Hotston Moore and Hughes (approximately £50). You are advised to obtain a USB memory stick (minimum 1Gb). Those in financial hardship can apply for help from the college's Learner Support Fund.
The course gives you a chance to improve and broaden your scientific knowledge. It is taught through theory and practical sessions and you will be required to complete work experience throughout the year. Work experience is not an option. It is a compulsory
part of the course as laid down by the awarding body. If you do not complete your placements you will not be able to achieve the qualification.
You are expected to study Functional Skills in English, maths and ICT where necessary.
Will this course suit me?
An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated with a desire to learn and who has a keen ambition to work with animals.
City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants
4 GCSEs at Grade 3 or above including Science and English Language
The units are assessed by a programme of assignments and practical work. Students need to have good time management skills and be able to work to targets and deadlines.
At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.
If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.
Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.
Learner Support Fund
If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:
Books and materials
Uniform and equipment
Essential course trips
- DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university
Where can it lead
This Level 2 qualification can help you to develop the skills you need to progress into careers such as working as a veterinary care assistant or progressing to a Level 3 Diploma in Animal Nursing or Animal Management.
How to apply
School pupils in Sheffield should apply online with the help of their school. Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 260 2600, or downloading one from our website www.sheffcol.ac.uk
Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.
Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:
- Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
- Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
- Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
- Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
- Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
How to apply
You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.