This course is aimed at those who wish to work within a veterinary practice as an Animal Nursing Assistant, Veterinary Care Assistant or Kennel Assistant.
Once you have gained the Animal Nursing Assistant qualification, job opportunities within the veterinary sector will be more accessible to you. As the course title suggests you will be qualified to work as an assistant to Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Nurses, usually within a small animal practice. Your role will involve assisting members of the veterinary practice team, helping to care for patients and providing assistance with the running of the operating theatre. You may also play an important and active role in the veterinary reception, communicating with clients.
A range of topics will be covered during the course including anatomy and physiology, handling, welfare and care of small animals, basic nursing skills, health, safety and hygiene, parasitology, nutrition, reception and communication skills. The opportunity to complete six weeks work experience is also included within the course.
3 subjects at National 5, preferably English, Maths and a science subject, plus 1 subject at National 4. One week work experience in a veterinary practice.