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Veterinary Care Assistants Diploma at Northumberland College

Course description

This qualification is for learners who are working or volunteering in a veterinary environment/ or wish to gain experience in a Veterinary environment. You may or may not have some relevant knowledge and skills, usually from a role where you've been supervised. It can be used as a stepping stone award, if you are requiring a pathway into veterinary nursing for professional registration on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Register of Veterinary Nurses.

Course content

You will study exciting and developmental units including? This qualification demonstrates the specialist knowledge and skills you have developed, or will develop such as: ? animal handling and care in a veterinary environment ? assisting with care in a veterinary environment ? Administrative duties in a veterinary environment. You will learn on the job in the work environment, as well as during your college attendance of 2 days per week. You need to complete a minimum of 600 hours in a veterinary environment. You will learn, develop and practise the skills and knowledge required for employment and/or career progression in the Veterinary Nursing sector.

Entry requirements

You will need to fulfil the following entry requirements: 2 x GCSEs Grade D or above to Inc. English or Maths and Science/ or equivalent qualifications at Level 1 Important information: To begin on this award you must have a placement in a Veterinary Practice : This will include working 3 days a week 9am - 5pm or equivalent), please ensure you are prepared for these working hours


Your progress will be assessed by a range of methods including: Holistic assessment includes : MCQ, Assignments, Short Examinations, practical Observations

Future opportunities

After completing the course: These qualifications can help you to progress in your career as a veterinary care assistant. Learners can also choose to go to take the following related qualifications: ? City & Guilds Level 2 and 3 centre-based qualifications in Animal Care (0074) ? City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. From this further education you can progress directly into employment within the Veterinary Nursing Sector.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 May 2016

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    • Kirkley Hall is a stunning rural campus and a great environment to study in with specialist resources to meet the needs of our students. Combine this with our team of experience and highly skilled staff and you will see that a successful future will be yours.

      The college campus in Ponteland is approximately 8 miles from Newcastle city centre and is easily accessible by bus or car, so you can enjoy the best of city and rural life.

      You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career. Facilities include:

      • A 17th century rural estate with and grade II listed Kirkley Hall
      • An equestrian centre with indoor and outdoor riding arenas, 25 horse stable yard and specialist equine facilities
      • Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens with over 120 species
      • A veterinary centre and grooming parlour
      • An outdoor activity centre with high ropes and zip wire and sailing base at Blyth
      • Two farms; one at Kirkley and one in the Coquet Valley
      • Victorian walled gardens, over 1,330m2 of greenhouses and a garden design studio
      • Cyber Café
      • A Learning Resource Centre devoted to the land-based sector which includes a range of learning materials, an IT suite and quiet study areas
      • Halls of residence facilities