Animal Nursing Assistant (ABC Level 2 Certificate)

Scotland`s Rural College (SRUC)


Barony Campus


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. Four weeks work experience is also included within the course.

Example modules: Companion Animal Anatomy and Physiology; Provide Feed and Water to Animals; Deliver Basic Treatments; Companion Animal Parasitology and Zoonosis; Principles of Infection Control.

Entry Requirements

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.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Veterinary Nursing

SCQF Level



Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Horticulture

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services


Work with Animals