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Level 2 Veterinary Care Assistant (VCA) Apprenticeship at ProCo NW Ltd

Course description

The programme offers young people the opportunity to achieve a City & Guilds qualfication in Veterinary Care whilst gaining on-the-job experience.

Apprentices follow an approved framework of training at level 2 that will meet the different needs of small animal care organisations.

The course is completed as distance learning with a dedicated assessor to assist with all aspects of the course.

The VCA programme is equivalent to a GCSE grade C. To progress onto a Veterinary Nursing Diploma the young person must have a GCSE grade C or an equivalent qualification.

Course content

  • Principles and practices of animal handling and care in the veterinary environment
  • Principles and practices of assisting with care in the veterinary environment
  • Principles and practices of administrative duites in the veterinary care environment

Entry requirements

  • Employment in a veterinary practice


  • Work-based observations
  • Written assignments

Financial information

Apprenticeship wage.

Future opportunities

Train as a veterinary nurse.

Further information

Potential careers, after completing this apprenticeship, include:

  • Veterinary care assistant
  • Veterinary receptionist
  • Kennels/cattery assistant
  • Work-based assessor

A qualified Veterinary Care Assistant earns between £14,000-£22,000 per year.

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: 22 October 2018
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    • Wigan Skills Centre

      Our Wigan Skills Centre is located a few minutes walk from Wigan town centre. With excellent transport links the learning centre, on Prescott Street, is easily accessible.

      House in the learning centre is motor vehicle garage, fully-equied with a range of cars, machinery and tools.

      ProCo's brickwork, plastering, plumbing and joinery workshops are also located at the centre.