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Nursing Assistants in Veterinary Environment Intermediate Apprenticeship at Derby College

Course description

To be an effective veterinary care assistant you must be passionate about animals and good with people - because supporting the veterinary team can involve a significant amount of client care in addition to the actual hands-on nursing of animals.

You must be dedicated to your work and prepared to undertake all the tasks and general duties associated with the smooth running of the veterinary practice.

As part of this apprenticeship, all learners must complete a minimum of 600 hours in a veterinary environment.  Please note that the veterinary practice does not need to be an RCVS training practice.

Course content

You will cover:

  • Principles and Practices of Animal Handling and Care in the Veterinary Environment
  • Principles and Practices of Assisting with Veterinary Care in the Veterinary Environment
  • Principles and Practices of Administrative Duties in the Veterinary Care Environment

Entry requirements

To be successful on this course, it is recommended that you should:

  • Hold at least a Level 1 qualification
  • Have carried out work experience within a veterinary practice
  • Have a good understanding of maths and English, preferably at Level 1 or GCSE grade E or above.


You will be assessed through completion of written and practical assignments, together with short answer and multiple choice question tests. You may also provide witness statements and RPL. There is no external examination.

Financial information

After you have achieved this qualification, you could look for employment as a veterinary care assistant in a veterinary practice, if you are not already in such a role. 

 Alternatively, you may wish to consider the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary Nursing 
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 January 2016

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