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Veterinary Care Assistants - C&G Level 2 Diploma at East Durham College

Course description

It's a 1 year course for students wishing to gain skills in basic veterinary nursing. You will be working in our simulated veterinary practice surroundings and gaining experience in the College animal unit.

Course content


Topics include: Animal handling and restraint, health, hygiene and disease, animal emergencies and first aid, veterinary terminology, veterinary anaesthesia, medication, radiography, employment issues and health and safety in a veterinary practice.


Entry requirements

Direct Entry: GCSEs grade D or above in Maths and English. To be accepted on to this course you will also require to have a placement in a veterinary practice for a minimum of 2 days per week for 1 year, this placement must be confirmed prior to enrolment on to the course.


Practical sessions, seminars, self study and tutorials. Significant industry work experience at an established veterinary practice.

Financial information

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

Future opportunities

Following successful completion of this course you may gain employment in the land-based sector as a veterinary care assistant. Progression to an apprenticeship in the animal care industry may also be an option to enable you to gain more experience working hands-on. You can also progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Vet Nursing to gain registered veterinary nursing qualifications.

Further information

Progression options following successful completion of this course may enable you to progress into employment as a veterinary care assistant in a veterinary practice, an apprenticeship in animal care or the level 3 diploma in vet nursing course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact East Durham College directly.

Last updated date: 11 April 2016
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    • The College's Houghall Campus is located on the outskirts of Durham City centre. The Campus has an excellent reputation for a range of land based studies and is highly regarded amongst those within land based industries. The campus has excellent facilities including an arboretum, pinetum, working farm, stables and a specialist small animal care unit, all set amongst stunning grounds and countryside. These coupled with outstanding lecturers who share a passion for the outdoors, students with an interest in land based studies can be assured they have come to the right place.