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Veterinary Care Assistants Level 2 at Sheffield College

Course description

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.

  1. 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.
     
  2. 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.
     
  3. 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.

Qualification Title

City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants

 

 

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade 3 or above including Science and English Language

Assessment

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.

Financial information

Money

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.

Free meals

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.

Travel passes

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:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

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.

 

Further information

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

Open Days

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.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year
  • Course code: CFFVC1

Venues

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    • Welcome to City Campus

       

      The Sheffield College City campus is a great place to be and perfectly located just a 10 minute walk from the city centre for your dinner time shop, and just 5 minutes from the train station.


      Our City campus boasts a sustainable, glass atrium that is 7 floors high and flooded with natural light. From lunch in The Refectory and with an outdoor terrace overlooking the city, the facilities include an aviation air cabin, catering kitchens, hair and beauty salons, science laboratories, dental technology laboratories, a sports hall, high tech childcare teaching facilities, construction workshops and a children’s nursery.


      Many students study catering at City so there’s always something tasty on the menu from ‘Grab n Go’, the student run restaurant The Silver Plate, or something to take away from the bakery.

      Address: City Campus, Granville Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 2RL

      By Car

      From the M1, take Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway, which merges into the A61.

      At the large roundabout, take the third exit sign posted A61.

      Continue on A61, keeping the train station on your left, until you spot a McDonalds restaurant.

      Just before the McDonalds take a left onto Granville Road.

      The entrance to the college is approximately 150 metres up Granville Road, on the right hand side.

      Parking

      Car parking facilities at City campus are limited to Blue Badge holders only – please see Disabled Go for more detailed access information.

      The nearest public parking is the Grosvenor Casino (pay and display) – just 5 a minute walk from the college. This can be accessed by continuing along the A61/Queen’s Road and taking the first left onto Duchess Road.

      Additional car parking can be found at Q-Park, Sheffield Train Station.

      By Train

      Sheffield Train Station is only a 10 minute walk from City Campus, and provides excellent connections to nearby towns and further afield cities.

      Visit National Rail Enquiries for more information on train travel to Sheffield.

      By Tram

      The Sheffield College is so well serviced by trams we even have a stop named after us! The nearest tram stop to City campus is Granville Road/The Sheffield College.

      Trams heading towards Halfway (Blue Line) stop right outside the college, whilst those coming from the opposite direction (heading towards Malin Bridge) stop just across the road.

      The Supertram website has more detailed information about times and fares.

      By Bus

      Again, being so close to the city centre you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to bus travel to college. The central bus terminal is only a 10 minute walk, and the 120 bus travelling to Crystal Peaks stops just two minutes away.

      You can check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for timetables, fares and bus passes.

      If you are a student you may be entitled to cheap bus/tram travel within Sheffield. Check out our Travel page for further details. 

      By Scooter/Motorcycle/Bike

      City Campus had parking available for both scooters and motorcycles, as well as secure bike storage. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the cycle storage.

      Accessibility

      For accessibility information please see the Disabled Go website here.